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.


Jennie Manson
Staff Rep

My Story

I am very excited about 2018 and becoming part of the fabulous Omihi School and community, as I have heard many wonderful stories about you all.

For the past 6 years I have been living in Pegasus with my husband Sam and our children Lachlan and Isla, and we are enjoying all that North Canterbury has to offer, from swimming at the Ashley Gorge to hiking Mount Grey.

I have been privileged to teach part-time at our local schools, Tuahiwi School, Kaiapoi Borough School and Waikuku School (before it relocated to Pegasus). Before I had children I was teaching on the hill at Mount Pleasant School and at Mount Aspiring College when we lived in Lake Wanaka.

As a junior teacher I aim to inspire your children to love learning, and grow as an individual who is mindful of others. Our classroom focus is on Play-based learning through which the children can experience a wide range of activities that connect to the classroom programme and create individualised programmes to cater for all of their needs. My door is always open and I welcome your fantastic ideas, thoughts or concerns, and especially welcome any handy helpers.

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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.

Genevieve Smith

My Story

Kia ora my name is Genevieve.

This is my first year on the Omihi school BOT. We have recently moved to the Omihi area, although I have always called North Canterbury home.

My husband Nick and I live at Mount Cass station, it's beautiful! We have three young children, August, Franklin and Henry and I work part time doing marketing and logistics.

I have been the President of two Playcentres and in my spare time I enjoy reading and being outdoors.