Combined BOT Student Trustee
Published on Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 7:31 p.m.   Print Article
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The Combined Board of Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres


 to be a

Student Trustee


Are you up for the Job?

Providing Deaf Education Services in New Zealand is the responsibility of two Centres serving the whole of the country. These are Kelston Deaf Education Centre (KDEC) and van Asch Deaf Education Centre (van Asch). Between them, they support over 2,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids.

The Board of Trustees is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, 2 student trustees and the Principals of both Deaf Education Centres.

During September 2017, nominations will be invited for the election of two new student trustees to the Board who will attend Board meetings for a period of one year.

What does being a Trustee Involve?

Being a Trustee is an important position which allows you the chance to have a say in how Deaf Education in New Zealand is run.

Meetings are held every month, usually in Wellington. Travel expenses are covered and you will be paid to attend the meetings.

If you are picked as Student Trustee you will be given advice and support to help guide you in your role.

If you would like more information about the roles and responsibilities of being a Student Trustee on the Combined Board please go to the link below to download the Student Trustee Handbook.


Student Representative Election from van Asch Deaf Education Centre for the

Combined Board of Trustees 2017


Nominations are invited for the election of one student representative from the van Asch Deaf Education Centre region to the Combined Board of Trustees.


A nomination form and a copy of this notice is being distributed to all eligible voters on the student roll.


Further nomination forms are available

from Rose Drummond (details below).


Nominations close at noon on Friday 8th September and MUST be accompanied by a candidate’s statement (no more than 400 words)


The voting roll is available for inspection at the

van Asch Deaf Education Centre reception.  For phone enquiries:  (03) 3266009 or email enquiries:


If necessary, a postal ballot for the

election of a student representative will close on

Friday 22nd September at noon.


Nominations are invited for the election of one student representative from each Deaf Education Centre region to the Combined Board of Trustees.


In October 2012 Minister of Education Hekia Parata approved a Constitution to form a Combined Board of Trustees for Deaf Education in New Zealand.

 The Constitution requires one student representative to be nominated and elected by students either enrolled at or who otherwise receive services from each Deaf Education Centre (Kelston & van Asch).  We, therefore, must extend the voting rights for annual student trustee elections to include deaf students receiving services from the Deaf Education Centres as well as those currently enrolled at each Centre.

 Students must be Year 9 or above and under 20 years of age.

Please, could you help any interested students complete the nomination form in all the correct places (otherwise the nomination form will be void) and return to Student Elections, FREEPOST 251602, P O Box 17-715, Sumner, Christchurch 8840 by noon on Friday 8 September 2017.  Any nomination forms received after this time will be void.

If you require further information, please feel free to contact me.


Kind regards

Jill Le Prou

Returning Officer for Student Elections


Phone:  (09) 8274859






                  Student Representative  

van Asch Deaf Education Centre 

School Profile Number     0519 

Name of person being nominated                                                                                            


Contact details of person being nominated                                                                            



I declare that I have read and understand the ineligibility criteria for school trustees, under section 103 of the Education Act 1989 (ineligibility criteria are on the reverse of this page), and declare that I am eligible to become a trustee.  I hereby consent to the above nomination and declare that all other information that I have listed on this form is true and correct.

Dated             /            / 20                                                                                                            

(Signature of Candidate)

Name, address and phone number of                                                                                       person making nomination



Signature of person making nomination                                                                                 


NOTE: Unless the person making the nomination is on the roll for the election, the nomination is invalid. This nomination paper should be posted or delivered to the Returning Officer at   Student Elections                

FREEPOST 251602, P O Box 17-715, Sumner, Christchurch, 8840 or delivered to 38 Truro Street, Sumner, Christchurch 8081                                                                                                                         

so that it is received no later than noon on   Friday 8 September, 2017                                             


For statistical purposes only, persons being nominated are requested to complete the following

1.            Gender:     Female            / Male      _                                                                   (tick one)


2.            Previous experience of candidates, are you:                                               (tick one)


·              a current member standing for re-election


·              a current co-opted or appointed member of any school board of trustees standing for election


·              a person who has not previously been a member of any school board


·              not a current member but have previously been a member of a school board


3.            Ethnicity:

Which ethnic group or groups do you identify with?                        (tick up to two boxes)


NZ Māori                                              Other


Pasifika                                                European


Asian                                                   NZ European/ Pakeha

Section 103 of the Education Act 1989 lists the categories of persons who are not eligible to be elected, appointed or co-opted as trustees. The list is set out below.

A person who:

·              is an undischarged bankrupt; or

·              is prohibited from being a director or promoter of, or being concerned or taking part in the management of, a company under sections 382, 383 or 385 of the Companies Act 1993; or

·              is a permanently appointed member of the Board staff, unless they are standing for election as a staff representative; or

·              contracts or sub-contracts with the Board without the approval of the Secretary of Education and receives payments exceeding $25,000 in any financial year (this provision is set out in section 103A of the Education Act). This would also cover situations where a person has a 10% or more shareholding in the contracting company or a company that controls the contracting company; or

·              is subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988; or

·              is a person in respect of whom a personal order has been made under that Act that either the person is not competent to manage his or her own property affairs, or does not have the capacity to communicate/make decisions relating to his/her welfare/personal care; or

·              is a person who has been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for 2 years or more, or who has been sentenced to imprisonment for any other offence, unless that person has obtained a pardon, served the sentence, or otherwise suffered the penalty imposed on the person; or

·              is not a New Zealand citizen, and is

Ø  a person to whom section 15 or 16 of the Immigration Act 2009 applies; or

Ø  a person obliged, by or pursuant to that Act, to leave New Zealand immediately or within a specified time, being a time that was less than 12 months; or

Ø  deemed for the purposes of that Act to be in New Zealand unlawfully.

No person who has been appointed returning officer for an election of trustees is eligible to be nominated as a candidate in the election.


A student representative is a student (other than an adult student) enrolled full-time in year 9 or above at a school administered by the Board.


Section 103B Requirements before Appointment

Before a person is elected, co-opted, or appointed as a trustee, the person must confirm to the governing board that he or she is, to the best of his or her knowledge, eligible to be a trustee, having regard to the grounds of ineligibility in section 103.



Please note: This information has been prepared as general advice and it is not intended to be legal advice in relation to any specific circumstances.


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