Our Board of Trustees

Nicky Berger

Board Chairperson

Nicky is married to Dan and they have 4 children – Gus and Tessa at Mahurangi College, and Patrick and Jacob at Ahuroa School.


She is a sheep and beef farmer, and is currently enjoying a side-hustle of writing and speaking about connecting farmers and non-farmers with her project GrassFed in the City.


Nicky is passionate about building community and relationships.  She stood for the Board because she believes in strong local schools providing an above and beyond education to students, something that Ahuroa School works very hard to do, and that she has experienced personally as her children have transitioned from primary to secondary school.   Nicky has an inter-generational focus for Ahuroa School – respecting and acknowledging the work and mana of the people who have contributed over past generations, and looking to what can be put in place for the success and sustainability of Ahuroa School in the future.


In 2019, Nicky completed the Institute of Directors Governance, Finance and Strategy course in Wellington as part of a professional development programme, which has strengthened her governance skills and her ability to contribute to the Ahuroa School Board.  She is also on the Northern North Island Farmer Council, and is a farmer advisor to the Forest Bridge Trust.


Nicky enjoys running and weight training, and being grateful for a life where she has work, family, and fun.


Michelle Nell


Michelle is married to Andrew, and has twin boys. Having completed a Degree, Masters Degree and Post Graduate Diploma,  Michelle is definitely a Lifelong learner, always looking at what to do next. Michelle is passionate about education, especially growing great leaders. She currently leads a Community of Practice, Ara Tūhono as well as being on the Te Tai Tokerau Principals Council Executive as Treasurer and Auckland Primary Principal Council as Rodney Otamatea Cluster President. During her spare time Michelle can be found supporting her sons hockey endeavours or driving around the countryside looking for good red wines.

James Clement

Parent-Elected Trustee

Tony Meyer

Parent Elected Trustee

Tony has been on the Ahuroa School Board since 2012. He was elected Chairperson in 2014, and has served this school in this role for nearly 6 years. Tony has handed on the chair position to Nicky, but remains focused on ensuring the school is governed well, hence he is still a Parent Elected Trustee.

Tony has one son at Ahuroa School, who will complete Year 8 at then end of the year.

As an IT guru Tony is invaluable to the school, whilst also focussing on his work as a Senior Email Security Architect at SpamExperts and Lead Developer at Opal3


Tony lives in a magic part of Ahuroa, with a great connection to both Puhoi and Ahuro Communities.

Kym Powell

Staff Elected Trustee

Renee Rangi

Co-Opted Trustee

Jacques Uys

Parent-Elected Trustee


Ayla Walker

Parent-Elected Trustee

Ayla is mum to Rylee, Beaudy and wifey to Spike.

Community lover, tree hugger and still a kid at heart

Celebrant, Business Coach and Rodney Local Board Candidate for 2019

I bring a new perspective and positive attitude to the Board of Trustees, it’s an honour to contribute to my community by working with our awesome rural school! My daughter loves Ahuroa school and I support the development of the school to meet modern standards with a country twist.

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