School Board Nominations

We have four nominations for the school board election:

  • Devon Heaphy

  • Crissie Jamieson

  • Ben Peacey

  • Emily Watt

Voting papers will be sent out over the weekend. These can either be dropped off at the box at the school or my house 2/100 Severn St, Island Bay. Voting closes at 4pm, 7 September.


Devon Heaphy


Kia ora koutou, my name is Devon Heaphy and I’m currently a parent representative on the board. I have also been chair for the last year and a half.


I am married to Mel, and we have had three children go through Island Bay School – one is now at secondary school, one is at SWIS, and Scarlet is in Harakeke (Y4).


I am standing again because I feel a sense of more to do. This school is making great progress in student wellbeing, integration of Te Tiriti principles, and continues to innovate in the way it puts learners at the centre and wraps support around them.


The three year strategy we are about to create is an exciting time to be involved in the school’s governance and will give us great direction for how we refine what we do.


I would love the opportunity to continue on the board to ensure the educational experiences we offer the children of our community set them well on their way to success in the future.


I have a background in governance, finance, administration, and technology.


On a personal level, I am family-oriented, enjoy being part of the Island Bay community, dabble in lighting design for plays and musicals, actively play football, and have a strong interest in lots of sports.



Cristin Jamieson (Crissie)


Kia ora koutou


I am a current board member and I would love the opportunity to continue for a further term.


I think the leadership team and staff do a fantastic job and the school already excels in so many ways. The board is working on a new three year strategy and I would love to help get that right.


I think it’s healthy to have a good check in with the community to ensure the school is on the right track and that every family’s voice is heard. As parents we know that children can all be so different. I certainly notice that with my three kids, and I believe that when it comes to teaching, there is no one size to fit all.


So I see the new strategy as an opportunity to test what is working well and what can be improved.


Our kids’ primary school years are so important and I love the way our school seeks to foster

“curious learners”. I truly believe that where the teachers are supported to do what they do

best – then our kids in turn will flourish.


I grew up in Eastbourne but after uni I spent years in London and in the US (where my

husband Trent is from). I love being back in Wellington and especially the South Coast. I

have three girls - Gigi, Francesca and Babette. We were part of the local playcentre and now

all three are at Island Bay school. I’m a big believer in community, helping each other out

where we can, and doing what’s right by the environment. I help with the school Art Auction

and the Island Bay festival and am blown away by the creativity in our cool little suburb. I

love the outdoors, tramping and sea swimming. Somehow, our girls have developed a

passion for dancing. But we drag them tramping with us to ensure they balance their time on

stage with fresh air and mud.


Professionally, I’m a lawyer. I recently completed a thesis in Environmental Law on solving

plastic pollution. I mentor trade law students on a plastics trade project and I recently started

work at the Law Society on law reform.


Ben Peacey


Tēnā koutou katou, my name is Ben Peacey. Jeni and I have lived in Island Bay for 12 years and are privileged enough to have our son Jack attend Island Bay School (Jack is in Rimurimu this year).


Right from our first school visit, I have been impressed with Island Bay School’s value, culture, learning direction, and the enthusiasm and dedication the teachers have to help all tamariki reach their potential and enjoy their learning journey.


For work I am a director of transport consultancy and have worked in transport for over 15 years.


I lead policy, strategy, and infrastructure-based projects and help clients plan and design transport systems and infrastructure that improve safety and access to work, education, and communities – now and in the future. Much of what I do is help bring a wide variety of views and expectations together to get the best outcomes and help decision makers understand the priorities and make informed funding decisions.


Outside of work, I enjoy mountain biking around Wellington, socialising with family and friends, and a good BBQ when the weather plays ball. Cooking and reading are my happy places and I enjoy trying to perfect a recipe or two. I’m a keen sideline supporter of Jack’s sporting endeavours and we have joint interest in technic lego!


If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I would bring my experience in strategy and planning to work with the Board team and school leaders to continue to make sure all tamariki at Island Bay School have opportunity to achieve their potential. Hei konā mai.


Emily Watt


Kia ora, ko Emily tōku ingoa.


We had the good fortune to move to Tapu Te Ranga about six years ago and love it love it love it, and feel as lucky again to have our kids Xander, 7, and Isola, 5, attending Island Bay school.


I have a professional background in strategy development, communications, change and crisis management, community engagement, and values development. I have governance experience (including having been a moderately adequate treasurer), have some experience in policy development, and am well-versed in monitoring and evaluating outcomes.


I’m good at building relationships, asking good questions, collaborative problem solving, and listening. I bring a commitment to hearing different perspectives.


I’m offering my service to the Board and school community because I really rate this school and its staff, the kids and parents we’ve met here, and a lot of the cool stuff that’s ahead. I’d love to help shape that, and contribute where I can. We also have a two year-old, so I have a deep interest in the school’s successful future!


I think some of my professional and personal skills would be helpful in the Board environment, and if you think so too, I’d be happy to be of service.






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