NZSTA has received an update from New Zealand Post about the post marking of envelopes.

In accordance with legislation, a voting paper received after noon on election day is invalid, unless the voting paper was posted and the date stamp on the envelope shows that it was posted before noon on election day.

NZ Post can no longer guarantee that all envelopes will be post marked. For those envelopes that are not post marked, returning officers will not have any evidence that the envelope has been posted before noon on election day.

PLEASE NOTE: all voting papers need to be received by noon on election day to be counted as valid.

Just a reminder that Voting papers for both the parent trustee elections and staff elections need to be in by noon on Friday 21 June.

Returning Officer
Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres

The Combined Board of Trustees of van Asch Deaf Education Centre and Kelston Deaf Education Centre is accountable for student achievement.

It does this by providing an environment that supports and encourages quality educational outcomes. The Combined Board is responsible for ensuring that each Centre focuses their strategic planning on improving student achievement through high quality teaching and learning programmes.

The Combined Board is made up of six parent trustees, a staff trustee, two student trustees and the two Principals. Up to four additional trustees may be co-opted to ensure that the views of the Deaf community and of Maori are represented on the board.


Board of Trustees

Bernie Mulcahy-Bouwman
Principal - van Asch

Louise Roe
Principal - KDEC

Rachel Douglas
Board Chair & Parent Trustee

Jill Le Prou
Board Secretary

Krista Clifford
Staff Trustee

Rachel Coppage
Parent Trustee

Merran Gwyndell
Parent Trustee

Crystal Skinley
Parent Trustee

David McKee
Parent Trustee

Helen Johnson
Selected Trustee

Henare Browne
Student Trustee – KDEC

Jorja Murray
Student Trustee – van Asch


Proposed Merger of Deaf Education Centres UPDATE - 9 April 2019

Proposed Merger Consultation Results


Nominations received

Term Dates

Board Charter

DEC's BOT Flyer

2019 Dates and Venues for Board Meetings - 2019

The Combined Board meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. For information about meeting venues and times please contact the Board Secretary, Jill Le Prou.

Email: jill.le

Please note: Minutes from BOT meetings must be ratified at the next Board meeting. They will then be uploaded to the website. For example, the minutes from the February BOT meeting cannot be uploaded until after the March BOT meeting.

  • Friday 1 March - Wellington
  • Friday 24 May - KDEC, Auckland
  • Friday 19 July at KDEC, Auckland
  • Friday 23 August - Wellington
  • Friday 27 September - van Asch
  • Friday 22 November - Wellington