Te Ao Mārama

07 595 0595 33 Hare Puke Drive, Hamilton

Board Members

Andrew Corkill

Board Chairperson

General Information

Kia ora koutou!

I am the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Te Ao Mārama School and previously the Deputy Chairperson of the Establishment Board.

I feel very privileged to be part of our wonderful school and community, and fortunate to be able to contribute the valuable journey and legacy from our hard-working, dedicated Establishment Board as we move forwards.

I am inspired by the way our school has been developed through strategy and vision and how this has translated into the operation of the school. Everytime I visit the school the kids are happy, energized and fulfilled by their learning environment and the team of professionals who educate them.

My wife Sarah teaches in the Pūkeko Learning Space and next year our eldest son Blake will start at Te Ao Mārama with our littlest one Taylor one day following on!

I have previous governance experience having been part of various Board of Trustees and a member of the Institute of Directors. I currently sit on the Board of Progress to Health – a not-for-profit mental health organisation whose vision is ‘communities without barriers’.

For my day job I am General Manager for Sport Waikato, a charitable trust which activates people of all ages. One of my teams is Project Energize which delivers physical activity and nutrition information into every primary school in the Waikato Region. Another pilot initiative which I lead is Taakaro-Ora – Active Wellbeing, a partnership with Te Pae Here Kāhui Ako – the Community of Learning of which Te Ao Mārama is a member. Taakaro-Ora aims to work with teachers around the wellbeing of students through increased integration of the PE & Health Curriculum into schools.

I am excited about the bright future of our incredible school and its inclusive culture and am committed to drawing upon my experience from the journey thus far to continue the positive momentum of Te Ao Mārama.

Mahia te mahi hei painga mo te iwi – Do the work for the betterment of the people.

Emma Burman

Board Member

General Information

Kia Ora my name is Emma Burman.

My husband and I have been living in this friendly community for several years now and have two children, one of which attends Te Ao Mārama School.

My professional background is in the education sector where I have 15 years experience teaching in Early Childhood centres. My current role is Team Leader of the preschool room at Borman Village Kids which is located opposite the school. I am in the unique position to be working closely with the Pūkeko room on transitions to school and we have the senior, Kāhu class visit our centre weekly so I am actively involved with the school and have developed relationships with many of the staff and children.

I am an educator who is passionate about providing an environment that educates children through high quality play-based, hands on experiences. Using students interests and passions to drive their learning is a key teaching strategy for successful learning outcomes for our children. The innovative learning environment that Te Ao Mārama provides is outstanding and I truly believe in the philosophy of teaching and learning which our school embodies. I will relish the opportunity to contribute my knowledge and experience to the governance of Te Ao Mārama.

I have strong experience with strategic planning and internal review with the aim of improving outcomes for diverse learners. I also have strong experience in mentoring, recruitment and working collaboratively. I am very organised, dedicated to whatever I put my mind to and I have high expectations of achievement.

I am honoured to be on the board of trustees and to contribute to the governance of our wonderful school.

Alfred Lino

Board Member

General Information

Talofa Lava,

My name is Alf Lino and I am honoured to serve the community of Te Ao Mārama through the Board of Trustees.

I currently work for Fonterra, previous to this I worked for a distribution company.

My wife Kimai and I have four children at Te Ao Mārama School, Filia in Kāhu, Aria & Bronx in Kererū and Amirah in Pūkeko.

We are so happy for our children to be at Te Ao Mārama as the school values align with our own - we are very whānau orientated in all that we do. As a whānau we try to support the school in all aspects, this included helping with the initial set-up of the school through resources as well as volunteer work in the classrooms and coaching out on the sports fields. Anywhere we can support we're more than happy to give our time.

What I offer the Board of Trustees is a community-minded focus which includes a genuine care for and the well-being of our students, staff and community as we're all in this together.

Mānuia fa'afetai,

Heemi McDonald

Board Member

General Information

Kia ora koutou katoa.

I am a Deputy Principal at Rototuna Senior High School, with experience in a range of educational settings. I have extensive experience in Curriculum Design, English curriculum and literacy development, Māori achievement, extending and accelerating learners. I have a good understanding of the importance of how a strong sense of belonging is vital to providing the best learning environment possible for our children.

As well as being a trained teacher, I have a Law degree from the University of Waikato and am actively involved with a number of local community and national organisations. I am committed to enabling our children to be connected to the community and to positively contribute to the world around them.

Other attributes:
- I am solutions focused and look for opportunities
- I am a lifelong learner
- I value respect and inclusion for all
- I believe that to engage children, we must ignite their interests and provide powerful learning opportunities
- I believe that well-being is critical to success in learning and life

Gemma and I have 4 children, Keeley in Year 4, Avery in Year 2, Miller aged 4 and Marlow aged 1.

Where I feel I will be able to add value to the Board will be through strengthening community relationships, being collaborative in our activities as a Board and ensuring that we continue to inspire our Learners and prepare them for their futures.

Rithu Sara Matthew

Board Member

General Information

Kia ora, Namaste & Ahlan.

My name is Rithu Mathew, of Indian origin, born and raised in Doha, Qatar (Middle East), with New Zealand as my home since 2002.

I am a Chartered Accountant and a board member of the Waikato Leadership Team of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ.

My involvement with the school started from September 2018 during the final phase of the school building construction. My relationship to the school is through my work. I work for Spotless Facility Services (NZ) Limited, as the Finance Manager for the Facility Management contract between the Ministry and Spotless. We help support and look after the school facility. Previous to this role, I have worked as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a NZ private Company and a Chartered Accountant for a public practice firm.

I have one daughter, 5 years of age, who is a student at Te Ao Mārama school. My hobbies include reading, dancing (volunteered to teach Bollywood/Indian dance to our Te Ao Mārama school children which I taught during their flight times in Term 2), running/exercising, playing badminton and connecting with nature.

The reason I applied for the Trustee role came from the deep connection I felt with the school’s beliefs and values. I believe in the school’s vision, their strong leadership, and their collaborative teaching system. I want to support the school leadership team in continuing to achieve their vision and help contribute towards our children’s education. What I bring to the school Board is my cultural diversity, my technical finance knowledge which I gained in the last 9 years, my leadership skills and my on-going relationship with Te Ao Mārama school staff and students.

My soft skills include honesty, integrity, hard work, good communication, good collaboration, goal-oriented outlook and self-discipline.

Ihipera Heke Sweet

Board Member

General Information

Ihipera is a researcher for the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development (College). Ihipera is from Hukanui Marae, Gordonton and is a mother to a 1 year old boy. Ihipera has been involved at a governance level as a representative on Te Whakakitenga o Waikato, and has experience in indigenous research and policy while overseeing a number of water restoration projects at the College. Ihipera holds a Bachelor of Laws with a second major in Te Reo Maaori from Waikato University and is currently studying towards a Masters in Environment and Society.

“I am honoured and privileged to be part of the team, and look forward to the exciting opportunities that Te Ao Mārama School has to offer the community”

Frank Young

Staff Trustee

Tony Grey