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Board of Trustees

Similar to our school, the Board of Trustees is a culturally diverse group of individuals who work together like a family. They can be thought of as the ‘Parents’ of Otahuhu Intermediate, tirelessly aiming to provide our students top quality education in a top quality teaching environment. They provide guidance and assistance to all members of the learning community, and keep our waka steered on a positive course. To learn more about our BOT members, click on their names.

Brent Woods

Principal

About Me

Kia ora koutou. Ki te atua, tena koe. Ki nga mate, haere, haere, haere atu ra. Ki te whanau, nga mihi nui ki a koutou. Ko Brent Woods toku ingoa. I have been the Principal of Otahuhu Intermediate School since 2007. My passion is achieving EXCELLENCE FOR ALL. We achieve this at OIS by encouraging teachers, students and whanau to be the best that they can be. We all know that it takes a village to raise a child, and a community to celebrate success. During my 16 years within the OIS community, we have always worked together to achieve the best for our tamariki and Otahuhu.
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Chris France

Presiding Member/
Chairperson

About Me

I love the time I have been on the board at Otahuhu Intermediate, which started in 2013. The school is such a mixture of vibrant culture, and clever young girls and boys reaching for adulthood! They are led by a caring, and kind, and clever group of teachers with Brent and his team. I have lived and worked for my career with school boards for 30 years and this school is a wonderful example of how engaged parents on the board and the leadership team can make such a happy and safe place for our young people to prepare for their high school years and adult life.
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Verna Ernstzen

Staff Representative

About Me

My name is Verna Ernstzen. I am on the BOT as a staff representative. I currently teach a Year 8 class and am the syndicate leader for Rimu team. I have the responsibility for coordinating the Reading Literacy in the school. I have been teaching at Otahuhu Intermediate School since 1997. This school has been part of my whanau for a quarter of a century. I was a resident of Otahuhu in the early days after emigrating to New Zealand. To date, I have taught two generations from the same family. I enjoy the heart and vibrance of our community.
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