Laura Casey

Board Member

Kia ora koutou, my name is Laura Casey.

Our family have lived in the area for the past 7 years and have watched the school grow from an empty paddock to what it is today. My husband Rory and I are raising two beautiful boys who attend Te Ao Mārama, currently Cormac is in Pūkeko Tahi and Cooper Kererū Rua.

My background is in financial services & banking here in New Zealand and abroad before coming home to have children.

My current role is as the founder of a charitable trust The Cake Detective who donates birthday cakes to children going through hardship. As a result of this we have donated close to 800 cakes to some of our communities most vulnerable. Within the trust I currently sit as chairperson of a board of seven and am constantly learning in the governance area.

The values that we hold are those of respect, inclusion with a strong sense of community. These values I will also bring to the position. The experience and skills learned from holding a position on a charitable trust board will transfer to those of our school board. I am willing to learn and listen in areas of education that are unknown and offer a well rounded opinion on behalf of you the parents/caregivers to ensure that Te Ao Mārama continues to be the incredible school that it is today.

Outside of the charitable work I do, I enjoy going to the beach, watching our boys play sports and spending my down time with my new puppy.

I am standing because I feel whiria te tāngata (weave the people together) encompasses how our whānau have felt being a member of Te Ao Mārama. Across the spectrum from the tamariki, teachers and parents the current board have governed a school that is thriving, vibrant and has a true sense of community. I am honoured to be able to be a member of the school board to help ensure that the strong values and foundations that have been put in place continue and grow for the future pupils, families and teachers.

Laura Casey