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.

Andrew Gibson

Hi, my name is Andrew Gibson. I joined the B.O.T. in September 2014. My wife Rebecca and I have 3 kids. Meg who attends Opunake High, Joe and Harry who are at Auroa school.

I was born and raised in Riverlea where I attended Riverlea primary school, and then Opunake High School. I then went into the oil and gas industry, training as an instrument technician. After a 4 year O.E where I met Rebecca we came back to Riverlea and started dairy farming.

My position on the board in Health and Safety, which I am enjoying and getting well up to speed with the new upcoming changes. I am really enjoying my time on the board and have worked with very capable and dedicated people.

Levonne Grayling

My name is Levonne Grayling. My husband, Michael and I, farm on the Oeo Road. We have four children – Campbell (attends Francis Douglas Memorial College), Alice, John and Peter (attend Auroa School).

I grew up in Opunake, attending Opunake Primary School and Opunake High School, then training and qualifying to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth.

When Campbell was born I chose to become a full time Mum and became very involved in the operation and management of Awatuna & Districts Playcentre when we returned to live here in 2000.

As my children have graduated to school I am still very passionate about being involved in their education. I enjoy spending time at the school as a parent helper and volunteer whenever possible to assist in extra-curricular school activities.

I value my role as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees and will ensure that the children of the Auroa School community will continue to be well-catered for in a positive, thriving environment. I believe Auroa School is currently sitting in an excellent position, brought about by a very dedicated and hard-working team of management, staff, BOT, PTA, community and of course our wonderful children. I wish to see that trend continue and am prepared to put in the effort required to fulfil that common goal we all want for our children – to be well-balanced, confident, empowered learners able to contribute meaningfully to society.

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

My name is Claire Mullin. My husband Lance and I farm on the Patiki Road with our three young boys. I have really enjoyed being involved in the Auroa school community since Finn started school at the beginning of the year.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology with a focus in Maori Studies and then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching. Parent help has been a great way for me to be involved in the classroom again and I enjoy being able to help out where I can.

I know I could positively contribute to the Auroa school BOT and the wider school community. I am hard working and as a trained teacher I enjoy being involved in the school community, since now most of my time is spent on the farm and with my own children.