Who Are We?

Angela Clarke

Chairperson

I am a returning member of Wairau Valley Special School (WVSS) Board of Trustees and I am thrilled to be the Board Chair.

Grace, my 20-year-old daughter attends school at Northcroft Transition Centre. She has been a learner at WVSS since she was 5 years old. I have always been passionate about my daughter’s education and ensuring that she gets a quality education which supports her learning needs.

I have a heart and passion for people and supporting them. It was this passion that motivated me to apply for a position on the board. I have developed a keen interest in school improvement and ensuring that both the students and the staff are well supported. I have a strong belief that all children can learn, it is the teacher and team supporting the learner who makes this happen. WVSS is a unique and caring school with a very dedicated staff and community. My vision is to continue to build and promote the expectations of the community for the best learning and teaching for all our students and staff.



Tracey Wingfield

My introduction to the school was as the local branch manager for ASB Bank and through this, I developed a great relationship with the school. Over the last 7 years, I have loved being part of the board and the progress we have made to make the school better for our children and teachers. My personal highlights have been the family fun days and productions that have been put on and seeing the enjoyment by all the children who attend/take part. The personal strength I bring to the board is my finance background and I offer a lot of guidance/support and ideas both on finance and other areas.

Jenny Sell

I am privileged to be on the WVSS BOT to represent and advocate for the tamariki and whanau of the school community.

I live on the Hibiscus Coast, so I particularly feel I represent those from the Hibiscus Coast.

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and have a wide range of experience from acute care to community nursing. Prior to having children, I spent a large part of my career caring for special needs children, never dreaming I would end up raising one.

By being on the board, I feel I bring these skills to make a contribution and so that our tamariki can achieve their optimal potential.

Gaylene Ward

Kia ora koutou, my name is Gaylene Ward and my son Marshall has attended Wairau Valley Special School for the last 6 years.

I enjoy serving on the WVSS Board of Trustees as I am an active advocate for tamariki and rangatahi who are neurodiverse.

I believe in the school's holistic approach to learning and care and I support the inclusive principles of The Wairau Way. I also very much enjoy working with the talented team of teachers, therapists, specialists and support staff who all honour the Special Character of our school.



Ana Zeccini


My name is Anahi Zeccini, I am 40 years old and I am Ethan’s mum, who has attended Wairau Valley Special School since 2014.


I am originally from Argentina, but I have been living in NZ for 15 years now, so I call NZ home.


I have always been a fan of “being the best you can be” and this also means helping others be the best they can be as well, which I believe is what a special school is all about. This is why I enjoy being part of the Board, being able to support our school and every kid there in any way I can.




Nick Allen


I'm privileged to be a board member since 2019 championing the best interests of our students and families, taking perspective from from

our multicultural background and our son attending base school.

As a Marketing and Project Manager I'm particularly interested in the schools larger projects and efforts to improve

facilities, technology and the way we support our children and community.

I'm proud to be part of and promote The Wairau Way and the outstanding community of staff and supporters we have.

Tumai Cook
Staff Representative

Ko Tumai Cook taku ingoa.

I am of Maori descent and extremely proud of my whakapapa. I am married to Megan my wife of 30 years and we have two adult sons both residing in Queensland, Australia.

I have been a teacher at WVSS since January 2015 having returned from Australia for family reasons. I graduated from Auckland University with a BEd in Primary Teaching in 2006 and have taught ever since.

The Wairau whanau has some very colourful characters and every day we have a different reason to smile. Our akonga (learners) love to share their unique traits and we try to build on and celebrate these traits.

WVSS has a fantastic team which include, Senior Management, Teaching Staff, Specialists, Administration and Property Staff. I am proud to be a staff representative on the School Board to offer a voice for all staff. I am willing to speak up and support any concerns from staff or myself that may need to be shared with the Board.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Nga mihi

Tumai Cook