Board of Trustees 2018

As with all state funded, or integrated schools, Tauranga Waldorf School is governed by an elected body of parent and teacher representatives.  The Board also consists of appointees of our Proprietors, The Waldorf Schools (Bay of Plenty) Trust and the Principal.  The Board meets at least 8 times during a school year, gathering around the board table in the staffroom, to hear and discuss reports from the Principal, the Proprietors and various management groups within the school.  The Board’s responsibilities are clearly defined by the Ministry of Education which also provides excellent training for new members.  For more information regarding the role of the Board of Trustees, visit the Ministry of Education’s website:

Peter Flint

Elected Parent Rep and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Peter is our returning Chair following a previous stint as Chairman on the Board in 2013-2016.
Peter has three children in the school, in Classes 3, 5 and 7.

Clayton Bunning

Elected Parent Rep

Clayton is the father of two boys attending Tauranga Waldorf School, Byron in class 5 and Tyler in class 3. Clayton’s family have been part of the Waldorf Community since Byron started play group just over 9 years ago.

Lisa Hickling

Elected Parent Rep

Lisa and her family relocated to NZ and the Bay of Plenty from Europe in 2014 and are very happy with their decision so far! Lisa has two sons, one in class 3 and one in Kindergarten. Lisa’s induction into school life was being the 2015 Fair Coordinator, a challenge she fully embraced. Lisa fully supports the school in its provision of quality education and the best outcomes for all our children.

Nathan Smith

Elected Parent Rep

Nathan joined the Board of Trustees as a co-opted member in 2014 and returns as an elected parent rep in 2016.
Nathan has two children in the school in Classes 1 & 3 and a third child in Kindergarten.

Olaf van der Beek

Elected Parent Rep

Olaf has children at Tauranga Waldorf School. A son in class three and a daughter in class two.
Olaf’s background includes teaching in secondary schools and lecturing in tertiary institutes including the local Polytech and Waikato University.

Michael Rall

Staff Rep


Mary Tait-Jamieson


Mary came to us across the hill from Waikato Waldorf School where she was a founding parent and teacher. Mary joined Tauranga Waldorf School in 2006 as a Class teacher and Deputy Principal, becoming Principal in 2008.

Louise Gawn

Proprietors Rep

Louise is the Operations Manager for the Waldorf Schools (BOP) Trust.
All three of her children attended Tauranga Waldorf School from Kindergarten to Class 7. Louise has been employed by the Trust since 2008 although her association with the school goes back to 1988 when her first child enrolled in the kindergarten. Louise’s depth of knowledge is varied and deep and she plays an enormous role in organising and setting up school festivals, plays and the annual school fair and open day.

Stephen Lane

Proprietors Rep

I started as a parent within the school in 1995, graduating onto the inaugural BoT and becoming the Chairperson 10 years ago. Currently I have grown into the WST for the last Three years. I truly believe in the value of Waldorf Education and supporting the continual delivery of this Art of Teaching to the environment and community we have.