2019 Common Election results

For 5 parent representatives

info Alphabetical order

Successful representatives
Alexis Cameron
Ryan Kenneth Christie
Iain Dexter
Anthony Gibbs
Rebecca Anne Rush

We therefore declare the following duly elected:

Ms Alexis Cameron, Mr Ryan Kenneth Christie, Mr Iain Dexter, Mr Anthony Gibbs and Ms Rebecca Anne Rush.

Meet your representatives

Alexis Cameron
Elected

Tēnā koutou, He uri ahau nō Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui me Ngāpuhi. Ou te sau mai Alafua, Apia i Samoa.

Kia ora and Talofa, my name is Alexis and I am standing for the Board of Trustees (BoT) for Avondale Primary School (APS).

Together for 18 years, Anthony and I have three sons – Elijah (Year 5), Ephrem (Year 2) and Emmett (to start at APS in 2020). I am of Samoan, Māori and NZ European descent. My professional background is in health - I am a physiotherapist by trade though currently based in Organisational Development, HR at Auckland DHB. I am incredibly passionate about achieving equitable outcomes across both education and health, promoting diversity and ensuring Māori/Pasifika worldviews are represented.

Having lived in Avondale for the last 30 years and attending kindergarten through to secondary school here myself, I am committed to our community, our school and all our children achieving and thriving in education.

For the past three years I have been a member of APS BoT. I am also a member of the Executive Committee for Kids Domain Early Childhood Education Centre based at Auckland City Hospital and I co-chair a national network – Pasifika Allied Health Aotearoa NZ. I have previously sat on the Physiotherapy Clinical Governance Group providing strategic oversight of physiotherapy practice at Auckland DHB. All roles I am privileged to have undertaken.

I deeply value the opportunity to continue serving on the APS BoT bringing my passion, worldviews, breadth of governance experience and strategic skills and insights to assist in further advancing the great work within this space.

Ia manuia and ngā mihi.

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Ryan Kenneth Christie
Elected

I'm a 36 year old Sales Professional in the Business Technology and Industrial Print industry and help organisations with their Digital Transformation. My wife and I have lived in Avondale for almost 10 years and have two kids who attend Avondale Primary, Tyla (8) and Kendall (6). I love the diversity of people and cultures in both our school and community and think it's a fantastic environment for our kids to grow and learn. The quality of education my kids and the rest of the kids in APS receive is very important to me and I've really enjoyed being on The Board of Trustees this past year. The school is heading in the right direction but we still have a lot of work to do so I'm exited to get stuck in again. Outside of work, most of my weekends are taken up with kids sport and motocross but in my spare time (which there's not a lot of having 2 kids), I love socialising with friends around a BBQ and any sport that involves a ball or engine.

Iain Dexter
Elected

I am passionate about making Avondale primary school the best it has been in it’s 150 year history. I bring a ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude to all my work, and this is the same attitude I would love to bring to this important role. I have worked in a variety of jobs from laboring on a construction site to sales and marketing. Twelve years ago I trained at Unitec in Health Science where I was also the chairman of the Student Union Social Club, and I am currently a registered osteopath.

I have lived in Avondale for the past seven years, and feel very much at home in the rich and diverse community of people here. I am also part of an African drumming group and have organised performances in local kindergartens and markets.

My wife has recently updated her New Zealand teacher registration and I intend to enlist her help to deepen my understanding of New Zealand teaching practices.

I would like the opportunity to take the school to the next level and my main objective would be to improve the facilities available for the children. My 6 year old son attends the school and my daughter will start here next year.

Anthony Gibbs
Elected

I am a 42-year-old Architectural Designer and current Board Chair and I would like to be considered as a parent representative for the Avondale Primary Board of Trustees. Our family have been in Avondale for over 15 years. Our two older children Phoebe 12 ½ and Gabriel 11 have moved on to Avondale Intermediate, with our youngest Walter 7½ forging his way through APS. I see APS as a great school, with great people and leadership and would love the opportunity to continue with its development. I bring to the board strong problem-solving skills, project management experience, and creative thinking. I have learned a lot on the board over the past six years and know there is so much more to learn and do. I am a firm believer that schools - in particular preschools and primary schools - play a pivotal role in the community and lay the foundations for what our children dream to be. This is more than reading, writing and maths but also the core values and social skills that we develop as we grow up. From my family’s experience at APS, we are loving the revitalised direction with Mr Clark. He and his team of teaching staff alongside the current Board have developed a welcoming, safe and encouraging school atmosphere where our kids love to play, learn and grow. I would love to be considered to continue on the Board, and would appreciate your vote.

Kind Regards Anthony Gibbs

Rebecca Anne Rush
Elected

I am the Mum of India in Year 5 and Jasper in Year 3. I am originally from Nelson, but have lived in Auckland for the last 17 years, 13 of those years in Avondale.

I have worked for Te Papa Atawhai / Department of Conservation (DOC) since 2003. I work 4 days a week as the Senior Ranger / Supervisor, Community. Our team processes permits for commercial activities and events on public conservation land across the Auckland region.

I have been involved in Friends of Avondale helping fundraise for Avondale Primary School since my daughter started school, and have also spent some time as parent help in the classroom.

I am a super organised person and like getting things done, attributes which I can bring to the Board. I also have experience in working with boards from my time at DOC.

I strongly believe that kids should go to their local school. I am standing for the Board of Trustees to help support the school to be the best it can be.