BOT Elections – Voting Closes 12 noon 7 June 2019

There are five parent representative places available on the Hillview Christian School board. We are fortunate to have six nominees. Voting papers and instructions have been posted to eligible voters.


Candidate Biographies

(listed in alphabetical order)

Catherine Blockley

Catherine Blockley has been involved at Hillview as a parent for the past 9 years.  She is married to Darryl and they have 3 children.  She had been serving on the Board of Trustees for the past 3 years.  And prior to that, as a co-opted member.

Catherine has an accounting background, starting her career at Toyota New Zealand, before moving to the UK for a number of years for work and travel.

Currently, Catherine enjoys being a mum, and where she can, helping and supporting the kids and their peers, within the school community.  This had given her an understanding and appreciation for the culture and special character of Hillview.

Catherine continues utilising her skills in accounting for various charities including the Building Blocks Community Trust, which incorporates the West Spreydon Early Learning Centres, Te Mapua Trust and on the school H.S.A.

She has a passion for family, fun and community and enjoys a good holiday!

Catherine would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on the Board at Hillview and would contribute her knowledge, as a parent and her professional experience in management and financial accounting.

Luke Hayward

My name is Luke Hayward and it is my pleasure to stand for the board of Hillview Christian School.

 My wife Kimberley and I are new to Hillview with our eldest son Joel starting late in 2018. However, with two other boys (Toby and Oscar) also coming through, we intend Hillview to be in our lives for a few years to come yet! We have been very thankful for the Hillview community with everyone from the teachers, the parents and the other children creating an extremely welcoming atmosphere for new families.

I work as a solicitor at Parry Field Lawyers. I have been practising law for around 8 years and during that time my wife and I also spent a year teaching in London. I work mainly in the areas of property and commercial law.

I hold a ministerial appointment at Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo which is a Youth Justice Facility in Rolleston. My role involves ensuring the young people are aware of the legislated grievance process and hearing and determining outcomes on grievances from the young people.

I have been a committee member of the Lancaster Park Cricket Club for the last seven years and have just stepped down as chairman completing three years in that role. I am also a current member of my church vestry.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and playing music.

If elected, it would be my privilege to serve on the board at Hillview.

 Rory Jones

Rory Jones is a self employed engineer/inventor who loves being involved in Hillview and in his local community. He has two boys at Hillview, Silas and Gwilym and is married to Jane.

Hillview is an awesome school and Rory believes he has the experience, enthusiasm and energy to be an asset to the team.

Rory has leadership experience, having previously been involved in leadership in his own business, on a preschool committee, Boys Brigade and ‘Icecycles’ (an inner city bike fixing group). He is already involved in Hillview, helping to lead the Ukulele club and assisting with the Transport committee. He attends Ilam Baptist church and loves being part of a church culture where ‘thinking aloud is allowed’.

In his spare time he is an enthusiastic musician and loves to run, bike, ski, sail and generally be an energiser bunny. He is always up for a chat and knows what it feels like to be an ‘outsider’, having worked in Italy and India where English was not the first language.

Rory is a great problem solver, keeps a level head and is great at being part of a team. He is a strategic thinker and likes to plan for the future. Part of his reason for wanting to be part of the board is to support the excellent staff and to help maintain and build a culture where the students of Hillview can thrive.

Peati Mene-Vaeli

Talofa lava, my name is Peati Mene-Vaele I am a New Zealand born Samoan and am married to Norman Mene-Vaele. We have two children at Hillview Christian School So’omalo in year 5 and Ropeta year 6.  Our family has been a part of the Hillview Christian School community since 2015. I am currently employed as a Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Corrections placed within Christchurch Men’s prison and have previously worked with children and young people in education and residential care settings. I have also worked in the area of health promotion for women.  I have nominated myself as a candidate for the school board as I would like to serve the community by utilising my experiences, professional skills, and cultural worldview to add value to the schools continual development of diversity and wellbeing.

Elizabeth Nihoniho

Tena koutou – as a mother of three children, two already attending Hillview and one commencing next year, I would appreciate the opportunity to serve as a parent representative on the Board of Trustees.

As well as being a wife and mother, I am a Registered Nurse and work part time for a specialized department within the CDHB. Previously I have led and managed a multidisciplinary department both here in the CDHB and a similar one in England. This has given me a working knowledge and experience in governance and policy making.

I attend and am an active member of St Martins C3 church and love being part of a vibrant and genuine church whanau. I love being one of the leaders on our children’s church team as it gives me the opportunity to inspire and grow our children as well as mentoring other leaders who also have that same passion.

My husband has returned to university to learn te reo Maori and gain a Masters in Maori and Indigenous Studies and I also am learning te reo Maori. As a family we are seeking to broaden our worldview, primarily a Maori one.

I firmly believe showing our children practically how to live out our faith in Jesus is vital. One of the many reasons I love our school is the everyday way we show our faith, whether it be praying for and with children and parents, supporting those in need within the school community and beyond, all the while building a strong foundation on which our children can stand throughout their lives.

We send our children to Hillview Christian School because of the special character it has – a Christ like heart. My hope and prayer as a parent representative is to uphold this special character, so the children from our school can carry this same heart forward and be world influencers and leaders.

Nga mihi nui,

Elizabeth Nihoniho

Chris Wilkinson

Hi my name is Chris and I’d love the opportunity to represent you on the Board of Trustees.

I am married to the lovely Shannon and we worship together at Grace Baptist Church where I serve as a deacon.

We are blessed with 4 children, Eva, Benny, Luke and Stella.

I am a pharmacist and co-owner of Life Pharmacy Barrington, and I have various teaching and governance roles with the health sector.

I love being part of the Hillview community mixing with the teachers, parents and kids. I’ve had fantastic experiences through Hillview by being co-coach of both Eva’s hockey team and Benny’s cricket team, and also playing fist ball with many teachers and parents.

I’d love to be able to give back to Hillview by being an active and interested board member if I’m elected.