Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees are the governing body of the school and they are accountable for student achievement.  

They are the employer of all staff in the school, and are responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students.  They are also responsible for ensuring that the school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students, curriculum, policies, property, finance and administration.

The Board are elected every three years.  The last election was in May 2019 and the next full election will be held in 2022.  


Board of Trustees meetings:

Meetings are usually held every four school weeks on a Thursday  - please check the calendar on our website or phone app as the dates sometimes need to change.  Meetings start at 6:30pm and normally last for 2 to 3 hours. 


Board meetings are not public meetings, they are meetings that are held in public:

This means that while anyone is welcome to attend, if you would like to speak at the meeting you need to write to the Board Chairperson to request 'speaking rights' in advance of a meeting.  Your request for speaking rights should include information on what you would like to speak about and any documentation that would be relevant for the Board to have.  


Contacting the Board of Trustees:

Members of our school community are always welcome to contact the Board of Trustees.


The easiest way is via email: BOT@pegasusbay.school.nz.  Or you can write a letter and send it to the Board Chair at the school address.  All correspondence (paper and digital) is received by the Board Secretary and forwarded on the to Board Chair for review and next actions.  


Correspondence should be addressed to the Chairperson.  However, please note that issues regarding specific children or members of staff should always be raised in the first instance with those most directly involved, and school management prior to making contact with the Board.  

Current Board Members:
Greg Van Meer - Parent Trustee & Board Chair

Libby Cunniffe - Parent Trustee

Lyndon Waaka - Co-opted Parent Trustee

Cushla Waghorn - Parent Trustee

Scottie Young - Parent Trustee
Sonya Faisst - Staff Trustee
Jared Kelly - Principal
Micky Brosnan - Board Secretary

Gregory Van Meer - Board Chair

I have been living in North Canterbury for over 10 years after spending 8 years living and working in the UK.  I live in Pegasus with my wife and three children – two of whom attend the school.  I am a qualified accountant, working for Ballantynes as Chief Financial Officer and I bring both Financial and IT systems experience and expertise to the Board.  I enjoy working with the Board to best utilise our state of the art buildings and collaborative teaching practices, while also ensuring it retains the fun, friendly and family inclusive atmosphere that we have all come to love about our school.

Libby Cunniffe 

Kia ora.  I live in Pegasus with my husband and three children.  Two of my children attend a local preschool and one attends Pegasus Bay School. We have been living in North Canterbury for over 10 years (minus a stint in Western Australia) with the last 7 of those in Pegasus.  I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and have worked in the Education sector for the last 15 years, both in NZ and Australia, predominantly in management.  I currently own my own business, 4E's Consulting. The skills that I bring to the Board are education knowledge, particularly with very young children, as well as management, business and communication skills.  I am hoping to continue my role on the Board to advocate for our children and our school as an evolving environment empowering lifelong learning within the Pegasus community.


Lyndon Waaka

Kia ora koutou katoa,  On my father's side I have a strong affiliation to Kāti Huirapa at Arowhenua Marae in Temuka and a connection to the local mana whenua here, Ngāi Tūāhuriri. On my mother's side I have links to Te Tau Ihu and Te Ika a Maui. My partner is also Ngāi Tahu and we live at Waikuku Beach and have three children at Te Kura o te Manga Kawari | Pegasus Bay School. I have worked in a variety of Māori community roles including for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Education and I am currently employed by Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. I have been co-opted by the Board to provide support with development of the school's provision of a bicultural learning environment. I enjoy being part of the school community and giving back through this role. Always very happy to talk with parents and whānau about any aspect of life at Te Kura o te Manga Kawari | Pegasus Bay School. 
Mauri ora

Cushla Waghorn

Kia ora, I moved to Waikuku Beach in 2004 with my husband Andy and quickly fell in love with the community and life style here. We have two sons who both attend Pegasus Bay School and we are enjoying watching them grow and learn within their community. 
I have been a Social Worker for over 17 years and have worked with children and families in several different areas of Social Work over that time. I began my career as a Social Worker in Schools before moving to England and working in Care and Protection. When I returned to New Zealand I started working in the area of disability and currently, I am working as part of the Mana Ake team providing support for children aged 5 to 12 in North Canterbury.  In this role I work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions. .  This role has given me an insight into the current education system in New Zealand and how this can be experienced by different students and whanau. 

Scottie Young
Kia ora! My name is Scottie Young and I am married to the lovely Leanne. We have three awesome little blokes called Connor, Theo and Max that are all attending Pegasus Bay School. I was born and raised as a true one eyed Cantab with a 15 year background in youth work and community building. I am currently leading the church that meets right here in the Pegasus Bay School gym and I am looking forward to continuing help to see the school and the wider Pegasus town become a safe, empowering, uplifting community so that our tamariki can thrive.

Sonya Faisst

Kia ora koutou, I live at Waikuku Beach where our whānau enjoys the awesome surf,

beautiful beach and great atmosphere. My husband Rakihia is mana whenua and has strong links to local hapū Ngāi Tūāhuriri. We have 3 tamariki Rakiatea, Ana and Hamua who all attended Te Kura o Manga Kawari. During that time I was also a parent representative on the Board.


I have been teaching for a long time now both in Aotearoa and abroad in Hong

Kong. I have taught in a variety of learning environments: open plan, multi-level, single cell, bi-lingual and now modern learning. For me personally, the way our kura operates is what inspires me everyday. I love the collegiality of working with a great team, getting to know the tamariki in our ALS and the connection with my homeroom.

My passion in education is to foster a love of learning and Te ao Māori. I welcome the

opportunity to be staff representative and hope to be a strong advocate for all stakeholders

in our kura.

Board Documents

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