Board of Trustees

Chairperson - Dion Davis

"Kia ora, my name is Dion Davis and I have twin sons who are both with Arohanui School. I have been on the board since 2017 and have enjoyed being a part of and meeting all those who make up our school community."

Parent Elected Trustee - Joshua Pou

"Kia ora, my name is Joshua Pou and I have served as a Trustee on this board for over 4 years. I have enjoyed my time here and hope to continue helping in any way possible. My 10 year old son is currently attending an Arohanui satellite class. I want to say a big thank you to the faculty and the awesome kids who make this school the way it is. It's the cheeky but innocent smiles and the spunk and passion from our kids that make me love the school and I hope you all love it the way I do".

Parent Elected Trustee - Paolo Abarro

"My name is Paolo Abarro. I am a finance and accounting professional with more than a decade of corporate experience. My interest lies in systems, improving processes and procedures and helping people develop. I have a family of three and my son is diagnosed within the autism spectrum. Socially, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing barbeques and organising a general get together. I enjoy playing basketball and mountain biking".

Appointed Trustee - Jason Nand

Jason joined the board in August 2020 to fill a vacated position. He is a native of Fiji and moved with his parents to Auckland in 1996. He graduated from Mt Roskill Grammar School in 1988 and attended AMES Information Technology Academy and began his initial journey into the Cyber Security field in 2003. Jason has worked with various NZ based Government projects across technoloy and currently is the Territory Manager - NZ & Oceania with Check Point Software Technologies. Jason is married to Josephine and they have 2 children. Their son has been diagnosed with autism and is in his first year at Arohanui School.

"As a believer in "in scientia fortitudo" (In knowledge lies strength) I want to do what I can to help Arohanui Special School to serve our community and do what is best for our children to educate them and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives ahead".

Appointed Trustee - Semi Asafo

"My name is Fuimaono Semi Asafo and I am the Business Operations Manager for a Trust in South Auckland. I have experience in the philanthropic sector, education and legal fields, having practiced law in West Auckland for a number of years.

My wife and I have six children, two of whom have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. You are most likely to find us on the sidelines at Glenora Rugby League Club, Trusts Stadium or the local pools cheering our children on."

Staff Elected Trustee - Natasha Carter-Bing

"Bula everyone. This is my 3rd term as Arohanui's Staff Elected Trustee which would make it 9 years in total when this term is over. I love my role and work very hard to give it due diligence. As well as being the Staff Elected Trustee at Arohanui, I am also a teacher aide at the HPSS unit and the NZEI Support Staff Union Co-Rep. I feel privileged to work alongside such a passionate and caring bunch of people. Without doubt, it is our students and their families who are the heartbeat of our aptly named school which reinforces my commitment to work here. I love it!!'.

Principal - Shaki Padayatchi

Board Secretary - Nicole Upham


Board meetings are held at base school on a Friday morning at 10am. The next board meeting will be held at base school on Friday 9 April. Subsequent 2021 meetings are:

14 May

18 June

30 July

27 August

24 September

29 October - Policy meeting

26 November

8 December