Barbara Solomon 

Name: Barb Solomon

Responsibilities: Chairperson

A bit about me: I have been on our Board of trustees for 3.5 years and have been the chairperson this year.  I have to be honest and say I had no idea what I was signing up for.  But I did it because I'm passionate about the future of our children.  Next year one of the Board focuses will be one community engagement and hopefully getting more parents involved to help us build a great school community, and making sure our policies and procedures (the boring stuff) are up to date.  We need whanau involvement.  Did you know every parent can log into school docs to see what our policies and procedures are? Check out the link below and search for Tamatea school and the username is tamatea and the password is rainbow.

Paul Eady 

Name: Paul Eady 

Responsibilities: Health and Safety

A bit about me: I became a Board member in 2017 and was Board chair throughout 2018. I am currently working on getting the Board's Health & Safety portfolio set up. 


I became a board member while my kids were attending Tamatea Primary because I believe strongly that where a kid comes from should not limit where they can go in life. I agree with the saying that it takes a village to raise a child and I wanted to make sure that our whole school community of the Ministry of Ed, staff, parents, and the wider community, is as well set up to support our children's start in life as it can be.


My term as a Board member is due to end later this year. I will not be standing again as my work situation has changed meaning I can't devote as much time anymore, and also our children are no longer at Tamatea Primary.

Hayden Ward

Name: Hayden Ward

Responsibilities: Property

A bit about me: I am married to Rani and we have three children between us ranging in age from 22 to 4. I work as a developmental coordinator in the health sector, with families living with disability. I have been on the board coming up to 1 year. I have recently taken on responsibility for the property portfolio. This is an exciting time to be a part of the growth of Tamatea primary school and I look forward to contributing to that positive change.

Cassie Aranui

Name: Cassie Aranui

Responsibilities: Policy and Procedure/ Cultural

A bit about me:  Kia Ora Koutou, Ko Cassie Aranui ahau. I am the mother of Kasaiah-Marie Hazel (Year 6) and Rhys Hazel (Year 4). I am new to the Board of Trustees and have the supporting responsibility in the policy and procedures and cultural portfolio. I work as an advisor for Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry of Māori development and this is where my passion lies. Helping our whānau and communities to reach their potential whether it be in business, health, at home or at work. We have been apart of the Tamatea Primary school whānau since 2014 and I look forward to being apart a board and school that encourages student personal achievements and empowers them to develop a deeper understanding of their cultural identity.

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Principal: Ruth Woolhouse 


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