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Pinehurst Governance

Pinehurst School is registered as an Incorporated Society. It is governed by the Board of Governors. Governors are elected by the society's members and offer a range of skills in support of the School. Elections take place in conjunction with an Annual General Meeting each March. Parents of children enrolled, and staff of the School, are strongly encouraged to join the society.

The Governors meet monthly and are responsible for protecting the purpose and policies of the School and for financial planning, the provision of resources and ensuring that the School meets all statutory and regulatory requirements.

The Board fully delegates the management and day to day operation of the school to the Executive Principal.

Board of Governors

Peter is a consulting actuary and principal of his own consulting practice based in Auckland.  He is the Appointed Actuary to a number of New Zealand insurance companies, is a Past President of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, and is a member of its Education, General Insurance, and Health Insurance committees.  He is also on the Board of the Independent Schools of New Zealand Charitable Trust.  Peter was a founding member of the Board when the school opened in 1991, serving from 1991 until 1997, and then again from 2009 through to the present.

Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years’ experience in Business Advisory. Throughout his career he primarily worked in areas of Strategic and Business Advisory Services, including restructuring, valuations, feasibility studies, bank presentations, governance, succession planning and strategic review of business performance.  

He is actively involved in contributing to the betterment of both the accounting profession and the business community.  He sits on several client advisory boards, such as the Institute of Directors, the North Harbour Club, and the myDroplet Charitable Trust, to name a few. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Pinehurst for 3 years, and is currently the Treasurer.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with wife Andree and two young daughters Madisyn and Makenzie, both of whom attend Pinehurst School.

Wei, is a seasoned banker with more than 15 years of experience in Corporate and Institutional. Currently, he leads the Investment Banking and Specialised Finance team at China Construction Bank NZ, where he focuses on Merger & Acquisition, Project Finance, Leverage Finance, and large Corporates. Wei has worked across various fields, including Finance, Treasury, Risk, Investment Banking, and Asset Management, in both ANZ in New Zealand and China Merchant Bank in China. Being in New Zealand for 21 years, has given Wei the opportunity to live professionally and personally in both cultures, which has enriched his understanding of the world.

Wei is not only committed to his work, but he is also passionate about giving back to the community. He has been a member of the Board of Governor of Pinehurst since March 2022 and has also been a member of the Board for Albany Primary School for over four years. In addition, he sits on ‘Diversify Advisory Board of Infrastructure New Zealand’ – an independent member of the housing subcommittee of Te Rarawa and is also the Executive President of New Zealand Tianjin Chamber of Commerce.

When not at work, Wei enjoys spending time traveling with his lovely wife Helen and his three children, Lucas, Lucy, and Thea, all of whom attend Pinehurst School

Sheina came to NZ when she was 17 years old, and completed her tertiary education at The University of Auckland, finishing with a BCom in Accounting and a Masters Degree in commercial Law. After studying she worked as a Corporate Accountant for 8 years, in which time, she continued to study and in 2014 qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 2015 Sheina began a new adventure – starting up her own business, designing and installing modern kitchens in high spec homes.

Sheina has two sons at Pinehurst School – one in Year 4 and another in Year 2. In the past few years, she has contributed much of her time and efforts to help and support the Pinehurst community. This has been through parent help required at school; helping parents with language barriers to communicate with Pinehurst staff; on-site support with parent community activities; positive recommendations and feedback in regards to school facilities; and ongoing parent support of Primary sports activities.

Rob attended Primary and Secondary school in Canada, Tertiary school in the United States and completed Post graduate work in New Zealand.  He has over 20 years of experience in the construction and property industries.  Currently Rob is a Director at Pragmatix Limited, providing advice and services to deliver successful property developments in retail, office, education, industrial, specialist lab and mixed-use developments.

Alastair Nisbet is a University lecturer and currently leads the Master of Information Security & Digital Forensics Programme at the Auckland University of Technology. Alastair was involved in law enforcement for 14 years before attending university full time and gaining 6 university degrees in the areas of business, education, law and computer science. This include Masters degrees in law and educational leadership and a PhD in Computer Science.

Alastair & Ruthy have 2 children at Pinehurst who started as new entrants and are now in the college. Alastair has a passion for education and computing and is committed to the Cambridge System and Pinehurst School. He brings with him many years of educational and computing experience and wishes to contribute to the Board particularly in these areas.

Bosco is a business professional who was born in China and moved to New Zealand in the year 2000. He holds two Master of Business degrees, including an MBA gained in Hong Kong. With extensive experience in supply chain management, franchise models, IT, and finance in the Asia Pacific regions, Bosco has also owned his own successful business.

Currently, Bosco leads a dedicated team at Carters, providing top-notch products and services to the Auckland building industries. He takes pride in his work and is always looking for ways to exceed customer expectations and add value to his team.

In addition to his professional achievements, Bosco is a dedicated family man who cherishes spending time with his wife Elise and two boys, Edward and Marcus, who both attend Pinehurst School. He has a strong passion for education and is willing to contribute to the school and community. Whether it be volunteering at school events or sharing his expertise and knowledge with others, Bosco is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Ex Officio: 

Mike Waller  

To contact the Board of Govenors you can email them here: [email protected]

Pinehurst Trust

Pinehurst Trust was formed in 1996 by Pinehurst School Incorporated. The Trust consists of up to six trustees, led by Maureen Ross, one of the school's founders.

The purposes of the Trust are to:

  • Provide oversight of the educational scheme in the event of the parent passing away.
  • To be the guardian of all parent capital and loans to the school.
  • Where it is efficient to do so, to be channels for some fund-raising activities.
  • To provide a group familiar with the school's background and principles who can assist future boards with ensuring continuity of thought and purpose in its growth.

Patrons and Vice Patrons

The Society recognises exceptional contributions by members of its community by appointing them as Patrons or Vice-Patrons of the Society.  Contributions could be financial, the provision of goods or services, and / or an exceptional level of personal input over an extended period.  Their names are recorded on a plaque in the school entrance lobby.  We remain in contact with many of our Patrons and Vice-Patrons, and include them in major school events.

  • Peter Davies
  • Daphne Davies
  • Roly Ellis
  • Edith Ellis
  • Kingsley Moody
  • Erna Moss
  • Nick Page
  • Bernadette Page
  • Ian Ross
  • Maureen Ross
  • Reno Wijnstok
  • Dennise Wijnstok
  • Mark Cole
  • Paula Cole
  • Stephen Brock
  • Yu-Kueng
  • Pui-Har Cheung
  • Geoff Cope
  • James & Sandy Cornell
  • Chris & Heather Greenhill
  • Jamie Hall
  • Sue & Gavin Hamer
  • Steve Hick
  • Richard & Marcia Lumsden
  • Di & Stewart McKenzie
  • Mark & Jacky McManus
  • Christine & Mick Mittiga
  • Vivienne & Terry Morrison
  • David & Margaret O’Neill
  • Richard Stevens
  • Mark Watt
  • Eve & Ray Weston
  • Derek & Helen Wight
  • Sue & Peter Wright
  • Karen & Graham Yukich
  • Stephen Patterson
  • Bruce & Rose Cotterill
  • Mary-Rose Hall
  • Robyn Dalzell