Mr Griffin

Board of Trustees

Congratulations to our new Board of Trustees. 

Lucy Epapara, Amy Scott, Booke Ellis, Canaan Tuhura & Rosesan Poto

Declaration of Parent Election Results &  Declaration of Staff Election Results

Kia ora Te Whanau o Te Kura o Whakaahu
Ko Lucy Epapara toku ingoa.
I have been a Board member since 2010, the last 6 years as Chairperson. I am also currently on the board at Kaitao, the last 18 months as Chairperson.
My three youngest children have all received their education at both schools.

I firmly believe in what our school is trying to achieve for our tamariki, their whanau and our community.

I fully support our 8 Habits and can see the positive effects on our tamariki daily. I believe we are “the school of choice” in our area, as evidenced by us being zoned over the last few years.

Tēnā koutou ngā whānau ō Te Kura o Whakaahu, my name is Canaan Tuhura and I have been a Board of Trustee member since 2020.

Over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of supporting our community through leadership and the governance of our kura. I initially joined the BOT because both of my children attend Western Heights Primary school and I wanted to be involved in the decisions that will affect my childrens’ learning and therefore my whanau.

I look forward to furthering my involvement in our kura and supporting our Board, ensuring that our tamariki have opportunities to thrive in our community.

Kia ora rawa atu, nā Canaan


Kia Ora,

My name is Brooke Ellis and I am a current Board of Trustee member. I have two children and nieces and nephews who attend Western Heights Primary.
I joined the Board three years ago as I wanted to be involved in the decisions that affect my family’s education both now and in the future. I now feel a responsibility for all the students who attend our school and want the very best for them and their whanau.
Western Heights Primary has an amazing culture and a great community and I love to continuing to be a part of it.

Hei konā, Amy J

 “Kia Ora e te whānau ō Te Kura o Whakaahu. As a current board member I have been fortunate to learn about governance and how a school should be run.  And I can attest to the fact that WHPS is run like a well oiled machine, from the top to the bottom and everywhere in between – exactly how a school should be.  This brings me great comfort and a sense of security to know and be a part of this.  I have learnt so much in such a short amount of time, and none more so than to learn first hand just how committed the senior management team and all staff are committed to providing a quality education for our tamariki.  I have one child currently at WHPS, one of which is a 2019 prefect; and it brings me great pleasure to know that she is being mentored by such “top-notch” staff to enable her to develop her leadership skills. 

I look forward to learning more and helping to make the WHPS whānau, a sustainable ‘force to be reckoned with’ ;) Ngā mihi whānau katoa ”

Kia Ora

My name is Nicky Grimes (Whaea Nicky) and I am fortunate enough to be the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.  I have been working at the best school in Rotorua, Western Heights Primary, for the past 9 years. I have taught in all year groups during this time. 

Being part of the board over the past 3 years has been a great experience. It has given me the chance to see the hard work that happens behind the scenes of our school, as well as having the opportunity to share staff input, parent feedback and other ideas with the board members.

Tē tōia, tē haumatia 

Nothing can be achieved without a plan, workforce and a way of doing things


Kia ora Whānau! 

E tū hei Maunga!

My name is Raana Reuben and I'm a Parent and BOT at our School. My adult children attended our School a few years back and my little girl is currently at School.  

Heres the thing....

I think our School really knows our community, our whānau and our kids, and that's paramount to me.

 I'm happy to continue to roll up my sleeves and work together with my fellow Trustees for all the positives for our tamariki and our School.


Te Kura o Whakaahu - E Tu Hei Maunga