Board of Trustees

Welcome to the school website. Hamilton Girls’ High School is a busy, energetic and vibrant school where, each day, staff and students meet the current challenges of teaching and learning in a myriad of different ways. Underpinning all levels of operation of the school is the philosophy that Hamilton Girls’ High School is committed to providing a rich educational and pastoral environment where each girl can be encouraged to find her strengths, enhance her talents and reach her own potential. To contact the Board of Trustees please email [email protected] 

  • About the Board
  • Board Members
  • Board Meetings


Within the overall structure of Hamilton Girls’ High School, the Board of Trustees has responsibility for overall financial management and for long-term strategic planning. The Board also develops and reviews school policies, not only to ensure compliance with Ministry of Education requirements, but to provide a framework for school operations which ensures safety, equity, transparency and accountability.

Future focus for the Board of Trustees:

Property Update:

  • Security of the school – incorporates security cameras, the boundary fence, lighting
  • Building the mezzanine in Ngaa Puawaitanga
  • Landscaping plans
  • Planning for a new gymnasium
  • Continuation of the Weather Tightness programme for the Anderson Technology block and the Administration block
  • Continue to upgrade staff workspaces and classrooms

Achievement Reporting

  • Regular reporting to the Board through department reviews and achievement data reporting


Sonninghill Hostel

  • Review of marketing image of the Hostel.




Tēnā koutou katoa, the warmest Pacific greetings to you all. 

As a parent of three girls with two current students and a former student at university, it is my privilege to serve as a trustee on the Hamilton Girls’ High School Board of Trustee’s, as both a previous trustee and now as Chairperson.

I bring a balanced corporate, community and cultural experience to the Board.  As an Executive and Director in the Development and Construction Industry throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific, I believe my governance and operational experience will contribute immensely to the strategic vision and mission of Hamilton Girls’ High School.

Our Board looks forward to continuing with the improvement and redevelopment of our school and setting a new benchmark for the largest state girls’ school in the Waikato. It is an exciting journey ahead as we strive toward providing the best resources possible for our students, staff and community.


Deputy Chairperson

  Batami has many years of experience in senior executive roles and brings to the Board business and leadership skills.  


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Ko Rangipoua,Tamahunga ngā maunga
Ko Haparapara, Kai Ohuohu ngā awa

Ko Otuwhare, Te Kiri ngā marae

Ko Mataatua, Tainui ngā waka

Ko Te Whānau ā Rutaia, Ngāti Manuhiri ngā hapū

Ko Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Wai ngā iwi

Ko Terri Hohneck tōku ingoa.

I currently work as a Manager for an Iwi post settlement governance entity, Waikato-Tainui. For the last 9 years I have been a part of the Rights and Interests Team and have gained extensive policy, strategic and legal experience in both pre and post treaty settlement matters. More recently, I have started my governance journey and become a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

As a mama, a wahine and a young leader, I am most passionate about empowering our young wahine to strive for excellence in everything they do to help realise their potential and aspirations both now and into the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a trustee on your school board and look forward to continuing to contribute to the schools aspirations and using my skillset to help make a difference.

“Poipoia te kakano, Kia puawai” – nurture the seed and it will blossom

Mauri ora

Terri Hohneck

Sarah King

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I bring to the Board several years of governance and leadership roles in education.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the HGHS community on the Board and believe every student should feel personal success through their academic, sporting or cultural achievements.

Greg Smith

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Greg Smith has vast experience with sport as an athlete, working with Chiefs Super Rugby franchise and high performance sport in New Zealand. 

He has moved from supporting athletes into education and coaching which he uses as an opportunity to influence students with their educational journey.


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I have been a Board Trustee for Hamilton Girls’ High School for two terms. 

The school aims to provide a clean, tidy and safe environment for its students as well as maintaining its current facilities. I support further development of the school facilities so the students can learn in a modern and engaging environment.

I am enthusiastic that all students can receive equal opportunities to achieve. I especially have an interest in raising student achievement for those with learning difficulties so they too can strive for excellence.

I have lived in Hamilton all my life and married for 28 years with two children. I am the Director of my building, construction and project management company.

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Carissa McCay

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Kia Ora, Fakalofa lahi atu and warm Pasifika greetings to you all.

It is an honour and privilege to accept the position of co-opted member to the HGHS Board of Trustees. As an experienced board member, I bring extensive governance knowledge and varied skills to support the vision, goals, and strategies of Hamilton Girls High School ensuring a positive and inclusive environment to achieve equitable and excellent outcomes for all students.

Kia monuina.

Brad Saxton

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I joined the board in September 2021.  I currently have one daughter at HGHS, with another coming in a few years’ time. 

I bring to the board five years BOT governance experience from our local Primary School.  I also have 14 years’ experience working in the banking industry in Hamilton.



Staff Representative

I was elected for the role of Staff Representative for the Board of Trustees in October 2018 and was re-elected in June 2019. 

Since graduating in 1990 I have taught in various schools in New Zealand and overseas. I was first employed at Hamilton Girls’ High School from 2002 to 2006. 

After teaching in Christchurch I returned to Hamilton Girls’ High School in 2016 to work in the Mathematics Department. My partner and I have two children.

This is an exciting and interesting time to be involved in education. A strong curriculum, high quality leadership, good teacher morale and a Board that is supportive of the Principal, Senior Management and teachers’ professional development are fundamental to the success of Hamilton Girls’ High School.

Milan Phillips

Student Representative

Kia ora. My name is Milan Phillips and it is my privilege to serve as the student representative on the School Board for 2021/2022. 

I am excited to serve the HGHS community and help make a change. Thank you for this opportunity.