Auroa school BOT

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.

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.

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.


Kia Ora, my name is Andrew Dobbin. My wife Tanya and I are currently sharemilking on Oeo Rd. We have three children, Siobhan, a past pupil at Auroa who is now attending Taranaki Doi, Wyatt in year 8 and Jackson who will start in 2023.

I grew up in Opunake, attending Opunake Primary and High school. I worked in tourism before going farming. We have farmed everywhere from South Otago to Northland.

I am hopeful that my experiences can help further the schools vision and maintain it as the heart of our community.


Hi, my name is Geth Evans, my wife Glesni and I farm at Te Kiri with our three children Tudur, Hedd and Lois. We emigrated here in 2015 from Wales, soon after our eldest Tudur started his journey at Auroa school followed by Hedd and Louis as they came of school age. We have loved every minute of being part of the Auroa school community and the opportunities that children get through the school and the fantastic team of teachers.

I am a committee member with the Awatuna/Auroa Taranaki Catchment Communities that helped to get the Agri kids program to Auroa school and really enjoyed seeing the children get involved with it.

I feel a school is a vital part of any community and essential for setting up young people for the future. I am very proud to say that your children attend Auroa school. I hope I can assist in the continued success and development of our school.