Consultation on the Proposed Alternative Constitution For Kerikeri High School Board

Closed 13 Nov 2022

Opened 17 Oct 2022


The Ministry of Education, on behalf of Minister Tinetti, has approval to consult on the proposed alternative constitution for Kerikeri High School Board.

The Board has worked over the past six years to strengthen its relationship with local iwi Ngāti Rēhia. In late 2019 the Board agreed to adopt a permanent seat on the Board for a Ngāti Rēhia representative. The Board believes that its governance capability would be strengthened, and the school’s unique identity and community involvement preserved and enhanced, through changing the constitution. The Board is seeking to move to an alternative constitution to support the Memorandum of Understanding currently established with Ngāti Rēhia and ensure the Board will always have local iwi representation at the table.

The Alternative Constitution (if approved) will consist of:

  • six parent representatives
  • the principal
  • one staff representative
  • one student representative
  • up to one member appointed by Ngāti Rēhia
  • up to three co-opted members

We are seeking your opinion through this survey as part of the consultation process.


If approved, when will the new constitution take effect?

The time for this to be processed may vary.

Does this change the process for voting on motions?

No. There is no change to voting protocols. Each member has 1 vote and where there is a tie, the presiding member has the casting vote.

Is my submission confidential?

No. Submissions are official information

Submissions you make become official information. The content of submissions can be asked for under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). Under the OIA, we must make information available unless there is good reason for withholding it.

Tell us if you have any objections to the release of any information used in your submission, particularly which part(s) you believe should be withheld, along with the reason. Reasons might include that it is commercially sensitive, or it is personal information. We will take into consideration any objections when responding to OIA requests. However, any decision the Ministry of Education makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

Can I discuss this proposal with someone from the Board?

Yes. Please contact Kerikeri High School during normal office hours to make an appointment and respond to the questions and provide your contact details in the survey.