Auroa School BOT

Rodney Mullin

Board Chairperson

Hi, my name is Rod Mullin and I have been a board member for around five years and during that time have taken on the property role, personnel role and this year the role of Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

I am a 50/50 sharemilker in Te Kiri with my wife Laure and we have four children. Evie, Declan, Teague and Lorelei. All have attended Auroa School with the two eldest now attending Opunake high.

I grew up in the area attending Te Kiri school and Opunake High. I worked as a carpenter and also in building supplies before going farming.

During my tenure on the board it has been my privilege to be part of the team that introduced BYOD to the school, saw us undertaking our own tech program and constantly striving to raise student achievement. I am looking forward to continuing our work to make this a school where we have a high quality curriculum and facilities. And where all students are valued and enjoy a wide variety of opportunities to succeed.

Tony Muller

I am a past pupil of Auroa School and Dairy Farmer in the local community. I have three children at Auroa; Fergus, Harriet and Kate. My wife Rachel is currently teaching at our school. I have been Chairperson of the Hawera Aero Club for the past five years, a role which has enabled me to meet new people and learn new skills.

Since 2011, I have been impressed with the inclusive nature of the school, children, staff, parents and the community, all actively involved in events and programmes which enhance the students educational experiences. I believe all children should have equal opportunity and quality learning in order to reach their full potential. I also feel the things Auroa represents ; fairness, pride and respect; are very important.

I see my role on the BOT to assist other representatives on the Board and support the staff to help strengthen our position.

Shaun Kalin

Hi my name is Shaun Kalin. My wife Claire and I farm on the Rama Road. WE have four fabulous children, Ebony, Mcallum, Lauren and Lochie who all attend Auroa School.

I grew up in Manaia and attended Manaia Convent School, then onto Francis Douglas Memorial College.

I feel Auroa School is the heart of our community and it is something that we as a family are very proud and passionate towards. Where my wife and I can assist in our children’s education, sporting or cultural activities we are always willing to participate.

I have been an active member of the Auroa School PTA for four years, which is something I thoroughly enjoy being a part of. I feel the Board of Trustees is the next step for me as a parent. I admire the way the school is run today and the direction it is taking. I want our school to continue to be a leader and strive for excellence in education and sport for my children and yours.

Claire Mullin

Kia ora, my name is Claire Mullin. My husband Lance and I farm on the Patiki Road with our five kids. Finn, Macgregor and Jock attend Auroa School. I have really enjoyed being part of the school community and the Board of Trustees since Finn started school in 2016.


I am very proud of our innovative little country school and it's teachers. Our kids are lucky to have teachers that lead the way in STEM and technology. I enjoy seeing kids utilising the wide variety of resources our school has to aid in hands on Values Based Learning and STEM. I am proud of the growing strength of our Kapahaka group and the mana and leadership skills it provides our tamariki. We have an amazing school and an awesome supportive community.

Claire Gargan

Hi, my name is Claire Gargan. My husband Grant and our four children Taylah, Jayde, Karley and Mason farm up under the mountain near the top of Auroa road. As a family we have been at Auroa school for 7 years now, with our youngest child due to start his school journey at Auroa in 2022. I am currently the Te Kiri Junior hockey co-ordinator and have held this position for 5 years and Grant is involved in the Auroa PTA and holds the vice chairman position at present.


I would like to see Auroa School continue moving forward in all aspects of education, technology, culture and sport so that our younger generation can build a solid platform for a successful future. Our tech department is the envy of many and I would like to see this progressing further.

I hope I can be a part of the school’s vision going ahead helping in any way I can.