Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees meets at least once a term. The meetings are held in the Staffroom, commencing at 6:15pm. Details are in the school newsletter. All parents and members of the community are welcome to attend the Board Meetings.

Board of Trustees

  • Chairperson - Stuart Muir

Stu Muir owns and operates a 500 cow farm with his wife Kim Jobson, as well as an eco-tourist operation. They have 4 children who like their great grandfather, grandfather and father have attended Aka Aka School. Stu is currently Aka Aka School Board Chairman, Deputy Chairperson of the Lower Waikato River Catchment Committee and as Associate Direct at Dairy NZ. He is a former Fonterra Shareholders Councillor and a member of the Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum. Stu is actively involved in environmental restoration work whcih is recognized at both a local and national level.


  • Principal - Michaelene Nu'u


  • Staff Representative - Christina van de Worp

I took on the role of office administrator at Aka Aka School in June 2017. My role includes office duties such as answering phone calls, emails, maintaining accounts (invoicing and payments), liasing with staff and parents, preparing lunches, updating / maintaining school website and student management system (new arrivals/leavers/attendance), payroll, first aid, newsletters, banking etc. I live in Pukekohe with my husband William. We have 2 adult sons.


  • Parent Representative - Tom O'Neil

Tom and his family (Sarah, Tim and Joey) have been locals in Aka Aka since 2007. Passionate about kids, both in Aka Aka, and our wider community, he is also Chairperson of the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association. Both of Tom and Sarah's boys have spent their formative years at Aka Aka Primary, with Tim starting at Waiuku College in 2017. Tom is a Business writer for the NZ Herald and author of three business books published internationally.


  • Parent Representative - Rebecca Liefting

My husband and I live and farm in Aka Aka. Currently we have two sons at Aka Aka School in Year 6 and Year 2. Our other two children (and myself) have also had the privilege of attending Aka Aka School. Prior to my current role as a manager/owner in our farming business I spent 13 years as a Human Resources Advisor and Recruitment Team Leader with the Queensland Department of Education. As a new Board member I look forward to contributing my skills and knowledge to the successful operation of our school. My intention is to support the great staff at Aka Aka School in providing a well-rounded learning environment where all students have the opportunity to achieve their academic potential and to develop their individual talents.


  • Co-opted - Rachel Green

I was Co-opted onto the Board in 2016. As Chartered Accountant I am able to bring my financial skills to help assist with other board members in assisting with the governance of Aka Aka School. I have 2 children Aden & Samantha who attend the school and love it. I enjoy being part of the Aka Aka School and community.