Board of Trustees - Meet the Team!

Ngākuru School has long been the hub of our community. 

We have a fantastic Board of Trustees with a common goal, to provide the best education and opportunities for our community's children.  We have an excellent working relationship with our Principal and together with the highly experienced staff, we are seeing excellent academic results.

Because of the school's integrity and historical past, we have formed an amazing culture within our school and wider community resulting in a growing roll. 

Our kids just love the place!

Nick Edmonds (BoT Chairperson)

Presiding Member / Chairperson    

Nick Edmonds


Rachel Weinberg

Parent Trustees

 Liza Mcartney

 Roelof Corver

Simon Barbour

Dan Nicholson

 Staff Rep            

 Sue Crockett

 Minutes Secretary

 Dave Knapman  

Mrs Sue Crockett - Staff Rep

I am Rotorua born and bred, attending local primary, intermediate and high school in town. Most of my teaching career has also been in the Rotorua area. I have been at Ngakuru since 2014 - a refreshing change to my career. A small school meant wearing many hats. I realised that being part of the management team, I needed a better understanding of what went on behind the scenes in running a school. Lots of questions have been asked and when a vacancy occurred on the Board, I put my hand up to be elected. It has been a thoroughly enlightening experience, one I hope to continue. 

Always something new to consider - What will be best for our students and our amazing rural school?


Mr Nick Edmonds - Presiding Member (Chairperson)

Hi all

My name is Nick Edmonds. I have a background in dry stock. I spent the first ten years after Rotorua Boys' High School Sheparding in steep hill country in the Wairarapa. I moved back to Rotorua in 2010 to be closer to family. I am the Programme Manager for the Faculty of Primary Industries at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. I am married with three gorgeous kids two of whom go to Ngākuru. We are new to the valley only having been here two years. I am extremely proud to be able to be part of the school. The values and beliefs I see the school the teachers and our children display mirror my own.

I look forward to being able to help wherever I can.

Kind Regards


Mrs Rachel Weinberg - Principal

Mr Dave Knapman - Minutes

My name is Dave Knapman. 

I was a qualified teacher before a change in occupation to dairy farming in 1976. Following the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake Fran and I moved to a sharemilking job in Ngākuru with our two children. We sold the cows in 1990.

I have had a long association with Ngākuru school both as a parent and as a teacher.  

I started teaching at the school in August 1990 as a long term reliever. The position became permanent in 1991. In 1993 I was appointed Acting Principal and was Principal from 1994 to 1997.

I started as the Board of Trustees minute secretary in February 2008. 

I have seen many changes in the school over the years as a parent, teacher and minute secretary and am impressed with the positivity of Gareth and the staff and the effort they put into assisting our students to be successful achievers.