Our Board of Trustees

Meet the Board

Peleti Tuala-Fata

Talofa Lava, Kia ora and Greetings

I am of Samoan heritage from the villages of Le'auvaa & Afega. I am married to Tineka and together we have three children, one who attends Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead as a year five & two who are Peterhead graduates.  Our son is currently in the USA at St Thomas More Prep School and our eldest daughter attends Karamu High School.  I was brought up in Flaxmere, down the Ave and I will always have a heart for Pāharakeke my home that raised me.

I have served on the board for the last nine years and have been the Board Chairperson for 7 of those years and have loved learning about the processes of governing a school. I think our school is amazing and our teachers are such hard-working people.

I became a Board member to learn more about the ins and outs of how the school functions. Being on the board, I have learnt a lot about the governance of the school and the different ways that we, the whānau of the school, can support our children's learning.

I love Te Whai Hiringa - Peterhead School because of the whānau feel that it has throughout the school which starts from the leadership level and follows through to the teachers and our students. 

Kia ora, ko Dene Kire taku ingoa

Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua toku waka

Ko Nga Puhi te iwi

Ko Puhanga Tohora toku maunga

Ko Taheke te awa

Ko Tahekeroa toku marae

Ko Dene Koroki Kire toku ingoa

He mihi atu e te whānau o Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead.


It is an absolute privilege to once again be serving our community on the school Board of Trustees. I am a father of five and live with my wife and family in Flaxmere. I have a long history with Peterhead School starting with being a foundation pupil when Peterhead first opened.

My wife and our older children are also ex-students. Currently we have 3 children attending Peterhead School. I was fortunate enough to be able to serve on the Board of Trustees when our two older children were students at Peterhead and once again enjoying being part of a great team that is working hard to ensure that Peterhead is doing the best that it can for our students, whānau and community.

Peterhead School’s three kete represent values that are important to me. An effective school grows lifelong learners that can think independently (Maramatanga), care for others and their environment (Manaakitanga) and have a strong sense of belonging (Whanaungatanga). If we can all work together as a whānau and community, to fill our kete, our children will be on track to growing to their full potential.

We are growing our leaders of tomorrow right here at Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead. I have enjoyed many years of working as a board member and look forward to serving with our newest members. I know we will continue to make great things happen! We have exciting times ahead. He waka eke noa.

Ngā mihi


Dene Kire
Member of the Board
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Cheree Heeney
Member of the Board

Kia Ora koutou,

Ko Cherie Heeney toku ingoa, ko Ngāti Kahungunu, ko Ngāi Tamanuhiri, ko Rongowhakaata ko Ngai Tahu ōku iwi. 


I am happily married with two beautiful tamariki Harlan and Hillary who are students at Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School.

Being a local wahine I'm very passionate about Paharakeke and even more passionate about educational success for all tamariki.  Both myself and my siblings are all former students at Peterhead school, and my brother Rocky Pohatu is currently a teacher here too. I'm currently the Deputy Principal of Flaxmere College and all our whānau are passionate about pushing success towards our tamariki in Flaxmere.

Personally, I enjoy cooking, travelling, hanging out with family and friends, working out at the gym and a nice Chardonnay. Family time is also very important to me, and I like to spend quality time I have available with my children creating memories on the weekends and holidays.

I have many years' experience in Governance where I've been on a few boards over the years, a couple of examples are Flaxmere College staff rep and as a trustee for Graeme Dingle Foundation.

Working in education for 15 years I have a good grasp of how that system works and would like to support the new tumuaki of Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead school as a Parent Board Representative to ensure that this school remains one of the top Primary schools in Hawkes Bay.

Nga mihi

Cherie Heeney 


Ko Tapuae-o-uenuku te maunga

Ko Raukawa te awa

Ko Kurahaupo te waka 

Ko Rangitāne ki Wairau, rātou ko Ngati Kuia, ko Ngati Koata ngā iwi

Ko April MacDonald ahau 

Kia ora whānau o Te Whai Hiringa! 

My name is April MacDonald and I grew up and went to school in Flaxmere myself so I am a passionate supporter of the Flaxmere community. I have 3 grown tamariki and my Mokopuna Willow currently attends Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School. I am a registered kindergarten teacher and I have been lucky enough to have taught many of your tamariki as I am right next door at Peterhead Kindergarten. I have been teaching there for 12 years now and I feel so fortunate to support our young tamariki in their early learning journey.

Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School is true to their purpose and provides a culturally responsive curriculum woven within their 3 kete values. I have witnessed many students grow, thrive and succeed at the kura and into adulthood. It is for this reason that I would like to join the Board as a Parent Representative. In the past I served on the board at Ebbett Park School when my own children attended there. My vision embraces working with colleagues, parents, whānau and community to provide quality education by nurturing, educating and supporting the mana of all children. I believe my background, education, community connections and experiences as a parent, teacher and nanny will guide me in this potential opportunity to help progress Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School into the future.


Ngā mihi maioha 


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April MacDonald
Member of the Board
Paul Webb


Kia ora, kia orana, talofa lava, e te whanau. 


Ko Paul Webb tāku ingoa and I am the staff representative for Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School.  


I spent the first 21 years of my life living in Pāharakeke, where I attended Peterhead School, Flaxmere Intermediate School and Hastings Boys High School. I am very grateful for growing up in Flaxmere and I am excited at the chance to join Peterhead School B.O.T. as the staff representative.  I currently live in Taradale with my wife Jodie and we have 3 children, Kingston is 21 years old, Alaska is 20 years old and Maddison 15 years old. As a parent, I understand that whānau have high expectations and aspirations for their children’s future.


My teaching experience includes teaching at all year levels of primary school from juniors to intermediates. Prior to becoming a teacher, I spent several years as a teacher aide/learning coach and coaching athletics through clubs and as a private business. 


I look forward to continuing my educational journey by representing not only the best interests of the staff, but of the students as well the whānau of Te Whai Hiringa Peterhead School.


Ngā mihi, meitaki ma’ata, fa'afetai tele lava


Paul Webb (Matua Paora)

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Kori Waerea
BOT Parent
Martin Genet
Brenda Wainohu
Member of the Board


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