Flat Bush

(09) 274 8279 20 Flat Bush Rd Otara, Auckland

Information about Boards of Trustees

BOT elections in 2019

All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students.

Trustees are elected by the parent community. There is also a staff rep and the principal.

A standard board of trustees' membership includes:

  • between three and seven parent elected trustees;
  • the principal of the school;
  • one staff elected trustee;
  • co-opted trustees; and
  • up to four trustees appointed by the proprietor (in-state integrated schools only).

Boards of trustees must hold elections for parent and staff trustees every three years (triennial election). The period from 17 May 2019 until 21 June 2019 has been gazetted by the Minister as the range of dates for the Board of Trustees Triennial Elections for 2019.

Here is a link for STA (Schools Trustee Association) that provides more information about BOT’s


NZSTA would like to encourage parent and whanau participation on school boards in order to help shape and support the education of their children. To that end, we will be rolling out the Korari Programme for anyone interested in finding out about standing for the school board elections and having a say in the education of their children.

  1. Korari: a programme that provides you with governance training to help you understand the role of school boards of trustees.

School Trustees Association will be rolling out information sessions for Korari in terms 1&2

  1. Korari form: NZSTA will support anyone who advises us they are interested in becoming a trustee, by way of the workshops but also providing access to our Learning Management System where online modules re. school governance, student achievement etc. can be completed.

Please send an indictation of interest via email to korari@nzsta.org.nz

  1. Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees: This explains a lot of commonly asked questions and information about becoming a trustee.