Central Region Health School

Minutes and Meeting Dates

Copies of Board Minutes are available on request from admin@crhs.school.nz

The meeting dates for 2019 are:

  • 7 February 
  • 28 March
  • 23 May
  • 20 June
  • 8 August
  • 26 September
  • 31 October
  • 28 November

Meetings are held on Level 4, Symes de Silva House, 97-99 Courtenay Place, Wellington and normally start at 4:00 pm. 

Members of the Board of Trustees

Ministerial Appointees

Basia Arnold(Board Chair)

 Facilitator, Community advocate

Lois Dawson-Mikaere

Public Health Nurse, Hawke’s Bay District
Health Board

Sue Brown

Writer and editor, Education sector

 John Huston  

Secondary School teacher

Co-opted Appointee

 Mark Uri-Puati




Staff Trustee

Lisa Thompson Assistant Principal, Team Leader - Mental Health, Central Regional Health School


Jane Wills Principal, Central Regional Health School

Meet the BOT


Basia Arnold

I  bring to the board a background in teaching, child and youth mental health and youth justice.   I am on the board of SuperGrans in Levin and facilitate the Incredible Years parenting programme in Levin.  I have a lifelong commitment to improving the way that agencies and individuals respond to the needs of children, especially those at risk of negative life outcomes.

I am very proud of work done by CRHS and strongly support the school's direction of working in partnership to provide the best possible education for the students.

I live in Otaki with my partner, a cat and four chooks.


Lois Dawson-Mikaere

Lois lives in Hastings and works for the Hawke's Bay District Health Board.  She loves her job as a Public Health Nurse. She also co-ordinates the school based Health Service in Hawke's Bay, a service provided in decile 1 & 2 secondary schools by the Public Health Nurses.

Lois has an interest in health and education and passionate about young people, their health, and wellbeing, including their education.   She is proud of the CRHS and the role it plays in helping students achieve their learning outcomes. She is involved in several community groups and is on the Board at Hastings Boys High School.


Jane Wills

Jane’s tīpuna are from Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Māmoe, as well as England and Scotland, and she draws strength from her bi-cultural identity.  Jane was appointed to CRHS in January 2018.  She comes from a background in special education teaching and leadership, as well as Speech-Language Therapy.  Jane has considerable experience working with young people, their whānau, their schools and other important people in their lives to make the greatest possible difference to each student’s learning and development.  This focus on team work, and commitment to ensuring school experiences are carefully personalised for each student are key elements of Jane’s approach to school leadership, and are important strengths of the school.    


Lisa Thompson

Lisa was elected staff trustee in early 2012.  She has worked for Central Regional Health School since May 2002, when she was employed as a teacher at the Regional Rangatahi Adolescent In-patient Service. She is now Assistant Principal - Mental Health based at CRHS-City.   


Sue Brown  

My name is Sue Brown and I’m very pleased to be a new member of the CRHS board of trustees.

My professional training was as a primary school teacher and this has taken me from the classroom into professional development, advocacy, educational writing and publishing, and resource development. Two key areas of work for me have been special education (with a strong focus on supporting meaningful inclusion) and literacy education at all ages and stages.

My voluntary engagement with education has included raising four daughters, and serving on school committees and boards of trustees. I was on the board of Emerge Supported Employment for several years and I maintain a strong interest in advocacy for children, young people and adults for whom education is a struggle.

I continue to work as a freelance writer within the education sector, as well as enjoying a rich life with family and friends in Wellington. I’m also a passionate cook and an avid reader!


John Huston    

John has a background in secondary education, commencing first as a history teacher and going on to senior management. His last full-time permanent position was deputy principal at Aotea College. Since this he has fulfilled fixed term and relieving appointments. John brings to the CRHS previous board experience at his children's primary school and latterly as a ministerial appointment on the former Otaki Health Camp Board of Trustees. 

John lives in Waikanae Beach with his wife Wendy and twin cats. Two adult children are resident overseas. 




Mark Uri-Puati 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa...

Ko Te Atakura te maunga, ko Takitumu te waka, ko moana nui a kiwa te moana, ko Ngatangiia me Titikaveka nga marae are uapau, ko Ngati Uri-Puati me Ngati Maoate oku hapu, Ko Mark Uri-Puati toku ingoa, he Maori au no nga Kuki Airani. 

My professional career had been previously in the corporate business sector. Having been in senior management for 25 years prior to study towards a BA in Counselling 12 years ago. I am currently in private practice primarily working in schools as a contract counsellor and now working across a broad range of issues that people experience in society today, in particular mental health and addictions.

I bring experience to the CRHS board having been a trustee for three terms at Aotea College in Porirua as well as Tumaki (Chair Person) for the Whanau Advisory Group at the same school for 6 years. 

I live in Papakowhai Porirua with my partner we have two adult sons.

No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena ra tatou katoa.