Board of Trustees

Kia ora, Ko Erin toku ingoa
I have had the pleasure of being on the Turua School Board of Trustees for many years as the Board chair. I feel I have a lot of knowledge and skills that I can bring to this position as I already have a passion for children and learning in my daily life. I have for the past many years worked as an Early Childhood teacher and then progressed to owning and operating two childcare centres in the Paeroa area which not only extended my teaching knowledge but also my ability to bring together teaching requirements and business requirements all while maintaining a focus on the most important outcome our children.
I have had many years of experience working alongside the Ministry of Education and feel many of these skills I can put to use as the chair of the board and support the Principal and school to continue to move in positive directions to support our children’s education. I was lucky enough as a child to attend Turua Primary School many years ago so feel honoured that my two children can now have the privilege of attending a small rural county school and I can give back some of my knowledge and skills to such a great community school.  We as a family have lived in the Turua community for many years and enjoy being involved in community events and groups.
I will endeavour to always do “my best always” for the school, staff, children, families and community in my position as Board chair.

Davina Peke  (SECRETARY)

I feel very privileged to have been raised in the Hauraki and to have attended Hauraki Plains College. I am blessed with 2 beautiful girls who have attended Turua School and I have been able to actively support them through this journey. In this capacity, I’ve enjoyed volunteering to support School Events and Sports and watching the kids achieve and develop skills for their lifelong learning.
My life has been dedicated to working for the “better good of people” from diverse situations with the NZ Armed Forces, Department of Corrections and currently with the Health and Disability Sector. Currently working at “The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust”, I am privileged to work alongside people with mixed abilities and brain injury with the aim of living a life of independence, choice and control that aligns with the Principles of Enabling Good Lives.
I’ve enjoyed working with the BOT who have vast “life experience” whilst ensuring best possible outcomes for our Children, Turua School and our Community.

Melissa Klaricich

I’m Melissa Klaricich and our family became part of the Turua School community in July 2020. I grew up on the Thames Coast in a small community that thrived on the support of local volunteers – with the school at its heart.  We moved to Turua from Auckland to give our child the benefits of this same rural upbringing.
I work in Fonterra’s Human Resources team, providing governance over pay and benefit practices.  In my career I’ve worked across industries with employers, unions, government agencies and boards to problem solve and develop ways to motivate, recognise and reward the contribution of employees.  I’m delighted to bring my skills and experience to the Board of Trustees as a parent representative.

Hayden Rakich – Finance


My name is Hayden Rakich and I was extremely lucky to have grown up in
Turua and attended Turua School. My daughters are third generation Turua
School Students.
The school’s motto of “My Best Always” has stuck with me throughout life and
the foundations the school laid allowed me to travel the world and gain
experiences I may not have otherwise. Turua school was where I made
lifelong friendships, and I truly believe this is because of the shared sense of
community we experienced in being part of a small rural school.
Since returning to live in Turua, I’ve been determined to help give back to the
school and I’m delighted to bring my skills and experience to the Board of
Trustees as a parent representative.
Aaron Short – Property