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Our Board of Trustees

Presiding member

Jared Lee

I am Jared Lee and feel privileged to be your parent representative on Te Ranga’s Board of Trustees. My wife (Melissa) and our two boys are extremely grateful that a school such as Te Ranga still exists in today’s world. 


Both my wife and I were bought up in a rural setting and enjoyed our country school education. It’s something that during our professional careers in Forestry and Horticulture would often be favourably commented on by customers, clients, employers or employees. I want to ensure that every child is encouraged to fulfill their potential in a safe and supportive environment. This starts with the board 100% supporting the principal and staff to enable them to teach and inspire our children to be resilient and successful.

Fee Edwards


Hi my name is Fee Edwards. Both my husband Tom and I went to a rural school in a farming community similar in size to Te Ranga. My husband’s family have been in Te Puke since the late 70s and we have been here for 19 years. I firmly believe that a rural school has the opportunity to provide students with a well-rounded outlook that will set them up to succeed and contribute in a positive manner to our larger communities as they move on to further their education and grow. I believe that a Board of Trustees should operate in a transparent manner with integrity and honesty, making sound responsible decisions that will ensure the school continues to thrive well into the future.

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David Pugh

Hi, my name is David Pugh.  My wife Rae and I have lived in Te Puke for over 15 years now and have had all five of our boys attend Te Ranga before transitioning to college.  Our three eldest boys are now at Tauranga Boys' College and Waikato University where they have enjoyed both academic and sporting pursuits.  Te Ranga has been an excellent place to learn the values of honesty, integrity, excellence, accountability, respect for others, and humility.  They have also learnt valuable skills outside of education such as drama, music, sports, crafts, building (huts), leadership training, and public speaking.

As members of the Board of Trustees, we are focused on the academic achievement and well being of every child, and the financial management of the school.  We do this by developing a strategic plan for Brendan and the team to implement.  We monitor the results over time and adjust the schools goals based on your feedback and other educational indicators.  We care about staff, students, family and seek to do what is best for everyone.  We are happy to hear from you and welcome you to our board meetings.

Brendon Grylls

Hi my name is Brendon Grylls.

I am married to Airdrie, and we have three children, Caitlin, Jack, and Isla who all attend Te Ranga school.

The decision to send our kids to a country school was a very easy one. After moving into the area after living in Papamoa, we have embraced all things country, including the schooling.

We couldn’t be happier with Te Ranga, and love the school with HEART. (Honesty, excellence, accountability, respect and Trust.)

I believe that is a board member it is my role and responsibility, to ensure the good governance of the school,  and that the school will continue to succeed long after our children have moved on.

It’s an absolute privilege to work with a great group of people that make up the Board of Trustees at Te Ranga, and also the Principal and staff who are fully committed to getting the best out of every single one of our students.

Tony Tamatea

Community & Publicty


Kia ora koutou,

My name is Tony Tamatea. It is an honour to currently be a parent representative for the Te Ranga School Board of Trustees, which I became part of in 2018.

I have been in the New Zealand Police for 18 years and I am currently assigned to the Western Bay of Plenty Family Harm Intervention Team.  My personal belief is that a good start for our children is a supportive whanau, healthy home and a sound education. 

My wife Marie and I have 4 children, Daysie, Zara, Isabella and Tane 3 of whom are currently attending Te Ranga School. 

We chose Te Ranga School for our children’s education because of the school values that we also reflect within our own home: Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect and Trust (HEART). 

I joined the board because I wanted to be involved in Te Ranga Schools mission to work in partnership with parents to challenge children to become confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners who are caring and responsible people. 

I believe a successful school depends on its governance and the ability for the board to function together to support the Principal to do the best job possible for the students, the school and our community.

Brendan Wilson


Te Ranga School has an outstanding reputation for producing positive outcomes for students.  It is a school that is well resourced, has quality teachers and is served by a community that is passionate and fully engaged.  The schools positive standing testifies to the hard work of this Board of Trustees, it’s dedicated staff and parents. I have previously taught in Mount Maunganui Intermediate, Te Puke Intermediate, Bethlehem College and in London. I am not only the principal, but I am a parent and a teacher at this school.  We need to be constantly asking ourselves how we can create an environment that produces better learning outcomes.  It is my endeavour  to ensure that together we achieve this.

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Mandy Gillam

Staff Rep

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My name is Mandy Gillam and I have the greatest privilege of being the New Entrants teacher at Te Ranga School. I joined the Te Ranga community in January 2021 and truly feel as though I’ve found my ‘home’. While I may be mistaken for a city girl, I’m far more comfortable in this rural environment and even purchased my very first pair of Red Bands!

I have a background in Early Childhood Education with more than 17 years of experience teaching in New Zealand and the Middle East. For almost a decade I lived in Abu Dhabi and taught 5 and 6-year-old Emirati children in public schools. It’s been quite the adventure making the shift from the hot, dry desert to rural life in Te Puke!

Te Ranga is a special place with its’ positive atmosphere, high expectations and strong values. My goal is to ensure each tamaiti has a positive transition into school life and finds Te Ranga to be a place where they discover their love of learning and reach their potential. I joined the board in 2022 and feel honoured to be the staff representative. 

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