Board of Trustees

Our Omihi BOT meet twice a term.  These are public meetings and the dates are on our calendar.  You are very welcome to attend.  Our Principal Maree Lucas is also part of our BOT.

Sarah Barnes

My Story

I am currently chair of the Omihi School Board of Trustees. I joined the board in May 2013, prior to being chair I held the portfolios of deputy chair and health and safety.

I am a qualified lawyer and am currently the regulatory manager for MainPower (NZ) Limited, the North Canterbury electricity lines company.

I live on a sheep farm with my husband Sam and my children Meg, Angus and Alice. Meg is a boarder at Christchurch Girls High School and Angus and Alice both attend Omihi School.


Ruth Lowry
Deputy Chair

My Story

My husband Mark and I farm sheep and beef in the beautiful Omihi area. I am the Board Secretary and also the Administrator at Omihi School.

We have three children, Skye, Angus and Allie who have all attended Omihi School from Year 1-8. Our children have loved the family atmosphere and country setting of Omihi School.

Bridget Banks

My Story

I grew up in Canterbury but moved to Wellington once I completed my accountancy degree. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I enjoyed a long stint working in London, then returned to New Zealand with my husband Chris and two children Alice and Jeremy.

My time is now spent assisting not for profit organisations with their accounting and helping out on the family farm. My favourite things are spending time with friends and family and enjoying all that the amazing North Canterbury has to offer!

My role on the Board of Trustees is as the Treasurer and I look forward to the growth and development of Omihi School for the amazing children of our community.


Leighton Croft

My Story

I am an ex-Omihi pupil, a sheep and beef farmer and live on a farm with my wife Jane and three children Evie, Max and Monty.

I am currently on the Omihi School board of trustees and all three children attend Omihi Primary School.

I am passionate about Omihi School and our community and think the opportunities our children have in our school are fantastic. My interests outside of family and farm include squash, tennis, rugby, water skiing, fishing, hunting, boating and generally all outdoor activities.

Jaz Lots
Staff Rep

My Story

My name is Jaz and I'm the senior room teacher at Omihi school. Growing up in the UK, my family of five decided to move over to New Zealand when I was eleven and chose little old Amberley to live of all places.

I quickly fell in love with the sense of community that townships throughout North Canterbury held. Although I attended St Andrews College in town, I loved, and still love living rurally.

I knew from a young age that teaching was always my dream job, so attending and graduating from the University of Canterbury and receiving my first job in a small local school was a dream come true.

This is my second year of teaching and I love spending each week day with my second family. When I am not at school I enjoy exploring new places and I love to travel.

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Nick Hamilton
Health & Safety

My Story

I'm married to Megan with 3 children. James is at Boys High, Poppi at St Margarets and Maggie is in year 5 at Omihi. I have been on the board for 6 years and my current role is Health and Safety.

We have a sheep and beef farm in Omihi. In my spare time I am secretary/treasurer for Omihi Tennis club, team captain for Omihi Squash, coach of Glenmark Netball Future Fern 6's, Hurunui Drought Response committee member and committee member for the Omihi/Waipara branch of the Hurunui Water Project.