Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Members

Jason Sanford

Hi, my name is Jason Sanford and I am currently the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees here at Duntroon School.

I have four wonderful children; Grace, who has completed her primary education here, and Hayden, Flynn and Tahlia who are all enjoying their time at Duntroon School. I was asked by some parents of children at Duntroon School to stand for the Board of Trustees and was elected on. I had no previous experience of the governance role in the education sector, so it was enjoyable to attend a local workshop to understand the role of the Board of Trustees.

I believe we have a fantastic school that is surrounded by a very supportive community for which all children benefit from. I would also like to acknowledge our awesome teaching staff and it is an honour to be involved with this great school.

Natalie Aarts

Hello, my name is Natalie Aarts and I have been a teacher at Duntroon School for nine and a half years and the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees for four years.

During my time here I have taught various combinations of Years 2 to 6 in the ‘middle classroom’, Room 2. Before I came to Duntroon School, I taught at Ardgowan School in Oamaru for about six years.

Two of my three children have attended Duntroon School. My elder son, Tom, spent Years 6-8 here and my younger son, Henry, started as a five-year-old and is now in Year 8.

Our family has lived in a number of spots up and down the Valley, from Hakataramea to Georgetown, but we have finally settled in Kurow where my husband, Richard, works at Farmlands.

Duntroon School is a very happy place to work thanks to a supportive, positive, pro-active, hard-working school community – the parents, whanau, Board, school staff and, of course, the children – and I feel fortunate every day to be a part of it.

Joanna Dalton

Hi, my name is Joanna Dalton. I was co-opted to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.

Since 1998, when I met my partner Tony, I’ve lived here in the Waitaki Valley. We have two daughters, Zoe and Jessie, and live on a farm at Otekaieke where Tony’s family have been farming for generations. Both our girls started at Duntroon as new entrants. Zoe has now progressed to high school and Jessie is relishing being a Room 1 student.

When I first joined the board, I was in awe of its governance history and felt honoured to be able to contribute. Our school is the heart of our wonderful wider community here at Duntroon, wholly emphasised by the successful organisation of the school trail ride. I feel it’s a privilege to be involved with the board at this fantastic school with incredible teachers and excellent management in a wonderful parklike setting. I hope to be able to nurture this association during our final years here.

Peter Spite

Born and bred in North Otago. Attended Ngapara and Awamoko Primary Schools. Married to Leanne with two children, Henry and Grace, who are pupils at Duntroon School. Beef farmer. Other interests include squash and sport in general.

Have been a board member for 3.5 years. As a board member, I like to think I make a useful contribution to the school and its pupils.

I also enjoy helping out with the main fundraiser of the Duntroon Home & School, Danseys Pass Trail Ride, and seeing the benefits that come from the hard work that the school parents and the wider community put in to ultimately benefit the Duntroon School children.

Kathryn Horn

I am mainly known as “Ping” - a childhood name which seems to have followed me my whole life.

I am married to Chris, we own a local agricultural spraying business based in Otekaieke. We live on a lifestyle block with a few cattle, sheep, chooks and dogs.

We have three children all of which attend Duntroon School – Holly, James and Lochie.

I am new to the board of trustees, having joined at the 2016 elections. I am learning more about the governance of the school and all that goes with that. I think Duntroon School is a great rural school. I look forward to my time on the board and hope to make a worthwhile contribution.

Otto Dogterom

My name is Otto Dogterom. I am 54 years old, married and the father of five children. Benya is my youngest daughter.

I am originally from Holland and moved to New Zealand 30 years ago. I really enjoy the country and its people.

It’s great to be a member of the Board of Trustees of such a wonderful school. If anyone has any suggestions or questions please feel free to give me a call.


Linda Mullenger

Hi, I'm Linda Mullenger, my husband Brett (more commonly know as Moose) and our two children Jonty and Toby moved to this beautiful area from Dunedin at the end of May 2014.

We live in Otekaieke where Brett manages a dairy farm, and I work part-time as an administrator for the Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company. I also play netball for the Kurow Social Team.

Both our children attend Duntroon School. Jonty is in Year 7, and Toby is in Year 4. Duntroon School has a real sense of family and is led by a group of truly dedicated staff who care about out kids. I feel lucky to be part of it.

I was very pleased to be co-opted onto the Board in June this year and am looking forward to learning more about the role of the Board of Trustees and making a useful contribution.