Board of Trustees

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".

Co-Opted 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 technology 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".

Co-Opted Trustee and Presiding Member - Fuimaono Semi Asafo (Semi)

"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

The next board meeting will be Thursday 9 December.

2022 meeting dates:

24 February

24 March

5 May

30 June

28 July

29 September

27 October - full day meeting with a tour of satellite units and policy meeting

29 November

7 December