Meet The Board

Our board is made up of seven elected parent representatives, our principal and one elected staff trustee, all of who are in office for a term of three years.

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Chairperson

Rhys Finn

My family and I have lived on the coast for 9yrs and we have two children attending our school. I am one of two directors of a medium sized building firm and have a passion for property and construction. I enjoy our community spirit. I want our students learning environments and school grounds to look and be the best they can be, not only for our Students but our Teachers, Parents and the wider community, so we can all be proud of being a part of Whangaparaoa School. I want to assist in any way possible and help this school develop and it's students to succeed.

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Claire Scott

Hi, I’m Claire. Our family is enjoying our 5th year of association with Whangaparaoa School, having moved up from Arrowtown School. My husband Jude and I have three children, a son who has moved on to college, and two girls at school here. It's been an exciting time watching the growth and development of the school, and we love the values and pride Whangaparaoa instills into the children. I feel very fortunate to be part of a wonderful Board and have learnt many skills along the way.

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Helen Brown

I have two children, who have just moved into Year 6 and 4 respectively. I was born and grew up in England before moving to New Zealand in 2001. My husband Rick and I are both still avid sailors. We recently returned to New Zealand after 10 years living in London.
Professionally I am a qualified chartered surveyor specialising in commercial property advisory. I am very interested in taking an active role in influencing the quality of education and the educational environment. 
I see being on the Board at Whangaparaoa School an excellent way for me to use my skills to help create a great learning environment that will enable students to achieve their potential whilst at our wonderful school.

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Jenny Lisefski

Hello, I'm Jenny Lisefski and I have two sons at our school. My husband, Benek, and I moved our family to Whangaparaoa in 2015 because we were looking for a coastal community with an incredible school - we feel very lucky to have found all that right here in Manly.
I am currently in my first term on the board and feel very comfortable and confident with the wonderful state our school is in. One of my focuses is Health, Safety, and Wellbeing and I sit on the H&S committee ensuring that the board is following best practice for our students and staff.
As a parent representative I am always listening out for the parent voice and you'll see me at virtually all school community meetings, PFA meetings, and around school. 
Our school is really wonderful, and I'm excited to see how it improves over the years. 

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Warren Rogers

Our family moved onto the coast 6 years ago after a long time away in the UK & Australia. We are originally from the South Island. We discovered Manly and our school by accident, and have loved it since.
I have two girls at school and it has been eye opening to see so many areas that have grown and developed over their time here. I feel that students, staff and community alike take great pride in our school, it’s environment and in achievement.
I have a background as an accountant but moved into IT systems and then finally into project management. For the last 10 years I have been out of corporate life and running a furniture business alongside my wife which I am passionate about and takes up most waking moments.
I was elected to the board in 2019. I am enjoying discovering more about education, and hope to apply my experience to help the school continue to be well run and successful for all.

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Kevin Cronin

Principal

It is an absolute privilege to be Principal of this wonderful school and be part of the Whangaparāoa Community.

I was born in Hamilton and served at the following schools before finding the mighty Whangaparāoa – Cambridge Intermediate, Leamington Primary, Berkley North Middle School, Pirongia School and Huapai District School.

I am married to Monique, and have two daughters, Hannah and Zoe.  We have a rascal of a dog called Rocco.

I enjoy most sports, the outdoors, going out for brunch, boogey boarding and a great action movie.

I am looking forward to working with staff, children, and parents to make this school an outstanding environment for children to learn, play, meet new friends and try lots of things.