Welcome from the School Board

Nau mai, haere mai, tēnā koutou katoa

The West Park School Board of trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the school.  We employ the staff, set the School Charter, and approve the school’s budget to ensure we create and sustain a school where every student has the opportunity to thrive, staff enjoy the workplace, and families and the community feel engaged in supporting our children’s educational journey.

We are proud to have the calibre of leadership, teaching staff, teacher aides, and support staff in our school.  They are a highly skilled group that are operating in our modern and contemporary learning spaces. We offer a broad curriculum to ensure our school turns out great people, not just well educated kids.

Sometimes you might still hear the nostalgic chant of ‘West is best’ echoing through the hills around Mt Kaukau.

Ko āu tamariki tā mātou tamariki, nau mai ki tā mātou whānau kura. Your children are our children, welcome to our school family.

Sam Andrews


Our Board

> Sam Andrews (Chair & Elected Member since August  2022)
My wife Liz and I have lived in Johnsonville for the last 12 years and we have 2 girls at the school – Lucy 11, and Hannah 8. I have had a long career in technology working in NZ and the UK for small businesses, government and large consulting firms. For the last 15 years I have focused on cybersecurity and I currently run a small consultancy business based in Wellington. You can contact me at sama@westpark.school.nz
> Lauren van Assema  (Elected Member since August 2022)
Kia ora, I’m Lauren. My eldest is in year 4 at West Park School. I’m a nurse of 17 years, and I’ve recently moved into a lecturer role at Whitireia in Porirua. I have a strong interest in education with a focus on health education and I look forward to working on the Board of our wonderful school! You can contact me at laurenv@westpark.school.nz
> Zoran Nesic (Selected Member since August 2022)
Originally from Yugoslavia, I have been in New Zealand since 2007, in Johnsonville since 2012. Have been a programmer for more than 25 years, now also studying sociology and philosophy at Massey. A father of 3 girls, all at West Park School. Lifelong learner, hoping to pass the habit to my daughters. You can contact me at zorann@westpark.school.nz
> Tim McMenamin (Elected Member since August 2022)

Hi, I’m Tim McMenamin and I have two daughters at the school – Zoe in year 6 and Poppy in year 3. I am excited to be part of the new West Park Board of Trustees. I will be taking up the role of Treasurer on the Board. I am an accountant with over 20 years’ experience. This includes working previously for the New Zealand Treasury producing the financial statements for the NZ Government. I currently work for Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities trying each day to put more families into warm, dry, affordable homes.

If you would like to know more about me or just have a chat, please message me at timm@westpark.school.nz

> Michael Joseph  (Elected Staff Representative since January 2021)

Kia ora, I’m Michael and I am the staff representative on the Board of Trustees.

> Luis Echegaray (Principal ex Officio)

Kia ora, ko Luis tōku ingoa. I have had the privilege of being Principal at West Park School since June 2013. Since then I have been rewarded by being part of a school community that looks to offer every student the opportunity to succeed through an inclusive, caring and engaging educational environment. I really enjoy nature, making things from timber, seeing the beauty in little things around me, and learning new skills. For me, ‘change’ is an exciting word filled with opportunities and rewards.