We are currently accepting applications for younger tamariki turning 3 after April 2025.

Our Board of Trustees/Council



Byron Lynds

Presiding Member

Hi. My name is Byron Lynds and my wife Sophie and I have four children, two nephews and two daughters. Both Jack and Addison started Wā Ora at the beginning of this 2020. I am a Chartered Accountant who works at Hutt International Boys’ School as the Director of Finance and Property and am heavily involved in their Board processes. My fundamental aspirations in life comprise of; making a positive difference to the world around me, growing as an individual and being the best Father I can be.



Stacey Newlands

Deputy Presiding Member

Tēnā koutou katoa, ko Stacey Newlands tōku ingoa. Mark and I are parents to Angus and Margot, and we have been part of the Wā Ora community since joining playgroup in 2012. In my time here so far, I’ve enjoyed connecting with other families and contributing as PTA secretary, on bush walks, at school camps and as parent representative for several classes. I love the opportunity at Wā Ora for our children and their classmates to learn in a Montessori environment, with their days full of hands-on experiences, challenges that build their critical thinking skills and the need to participate actively in the communities within their classrooms. In my working life, I specialise in policy and regulation, and have qualifications in law and public policy. I enjoy collaborating with others and making the most of the skills and experience each person brings to the table. I’d love a chat if you see me around the school.



Anahera Brown

Parent Rep

Kia ora. Ko Taranaki tōku maunga, Ko Waiwhakaiho tōku awa, Ko Arohanui ki te Tāngata tōku marae, Ko Tokomaru tōku waka, Ko Te Atiawa tōku iwi. Ko Anahera tōku ingoa.

My partner Doug and I have two tamariki at Wā Ora and have been part of the hapori since 2010. Our first school visit was incredible and I feel very lucky that our children are able to have a Montessori education.

I understand the value of open, honest, relevant and transparent communication from my day job in Marketing & Communications and love sports, music, and spending time with whānau.

Kia pai te rā.


Ava Szabo


I have been at Wā Ora since 2011, initially as Deputy Principal High School and stepped up to the role of principal in 2017. I hold a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and have attended the Adolescent Orientation in Cleveland, Ohio. What I love about Wā Ora is the passion students bring to their learning – they are honest and open minded. I live in the Hutt Valley with my husband and four sons.



Lillian Pak

Parent Rep

Jenny Jellicoe

Parent Rep

Rod Webster

Parent Rep

Kirsti Whalen

Parent Rep

Toby Champion

Student Rep


Anna McLean

Preschool Staff Rep

I joined Wā Ora in 2018 having spent the previous 10 years teaching in a 6-12 classroom at Tawa School. I have both AMI 3-6 and 6-12 Montessori training and a Bachelor of Education Degree (Teaching) Primary from Massey University.  Prior to teaching, I worked in the corporate world, which gave me a range of skills and experiences that I have been able to draw on in my roles since.  I like sharing my passion for Montessori and I never tire of talking to people about it.  I live in Tawa with my husband and two older children and in my spare time I like reading and I am getting used to being a gardener.



Juliette George

Area School Staff Rep

2017 was my first official year at Wā Ora, retraining on the Reading Recovery programme, having spent many past years relieving here and teaching in other schools. I hold a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University and Diploma in Teaching from Wellington College of Education. I am married with two children who have both attended Wā Ora since playgroup. Teaching literacy to students, who initially find it a struggle, is an incredibly rewarding job and I feel a little spoiled that I get to teach at Wā Ora in this capacity, being able to integrate the special character of the school through Reading Recovery. I love that each morning my children and I are now all heading to the same place of learning! I love sharing nature with my family, gardening, hanging with our family pets and all things art.


Board Meeting Minutes