Board Members



Dave Harrison

I am the father of two daughters, Mia in Year 7 at Christchurch South Intermediate School and Trelise in Year 4 at Somerfield School. I am currently employed as a teacher at Somerfield, after retraining five years ago. Prior to teaching, I worked in the sports industry, for both Canterbury Basketball and Sport Canterbury. I attained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Canterbury during my student days. 

I am actively involved in the local community and am passionate about living in the south of Christchurch. I coach a number of sports and have established close links between Somerfield School and Cashmere Technical Football, Sydenham Cricket and Pioneer Basketball Clubs. I believe schools are an essential hub in a thriving community. As an intermediate school, South clearly plays a special part in the lives of our tamariki at a crucial time in their development, providing a wonderful connection between its contributing schools and Cashmere High School.

I was co-opted to the South BOT in 2012 as part of the board’s succession plan and am currently deputy chair, having organised and chaired two board meetings under the guidance of the retiring chair. If elected I am prepared to offer myself as board chair. I have previously sat on the board of Canterbury Basketball for three years. 

I am passionate about quality public education and believe a school’s board provides an essential governance role through providing strategic direction to the day to day management of the school. South has been well served by a very robust, transparent and organised board with efficient and established systems and mechanisms in place to ensure a successful 21st century school. I would love the opportunity to serve the South parent community as a BOT representative for the next three years.


Keryn Davis

Kia ora, my name is Keryn Davis and I was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in March 2015.  I have two sons who are currently at Thorrington School: Tom who will start at Christchurch South Intermediate School in 2016 and Harry who is in Year 4. I’m married to Tony, and we live in Somerfield. 

Professionally, I am a classroom researcher and consultant. I work alongside teachers and educators in all areas of education to investigate and support the work they do with learners of all ages. I’m employed at CORE Education; a not-for-profit company that works around the country and internationally. 

I have been on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees over the past 20 years. While each of these has differed in terms of their structure or work, they have all been connected to improving education in some way. 

It’s exciting times in education, as schools (and their communities), are challenged to respond to a rapidly changing world. The opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of Christchurch South Intermediate School, of behalf of the community, is a privilege.  I look forward to making a positive contribution to the effective governance of the School.


Melody McCombe

I am a Team Leader at Christchurch South Intermediate School and the staff elected member of the Board.

In 2009 I came to South after teaching in a range of schools. On arrival,  I thought that I would probably stay for a year and then move overseas. However, I soon came to adore South, its staff and community and so I have stayed.

Language teaching is a passion and in 2014 I was lucky enough to travel to Japan on a scholarship through the Ministry of Education. This led to many wonderful experiences, new friendships and considerable education from a learner's perspective. 

Other assorted passions are sport, mathematics, politics,history, philosophy, family, literacy teaching and reading in no particular order!  


Madeleine Hawkesby-Browne

My name is Madeleine Hawkesby-Browne. I am married to Malcolm and we have two sons, one at Christchurch South Intermediate School and the other at Somerfield School.

I qualified as a lawyer in 1996 and since then I have mainly specialised in employment law, with a stint teaching employment law and HR Management at CPIT. I currently run my own business; Hawkesby & Co where I provide employment law advice and HR management services to employers. 

I have also served on a number of not-for-profit Boards.I have lived in Somerfield since 1998, and I really enjoy being part of the Christchurch south community and all that it has to offer. 

I am active in supporting the local school communities.I was co-opted to the South BOT in 2014, and I welcome the opportunity to serve this community and make a contribution to the good governance of the school. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all students are provided with the optimum environment and opportunities to support them to achieve their potential.


Ben Huriwai

Ngā mihi nui kia tātou katoa, Ko wai tēnei kia tuku mihi kia koutou? Ko Te Arawa te waka, Ko Ngāti Whakaue Te iwi, Ko Owhata te Marae. 
 
Kia ora, my name is Ben Huriwai and I have recently been co-opted on to the board of trustees. I have grown up in the area and have done all of my schooling, starting at Addington primary then moving on to CSIS and finally finishing off at Hillmorton High. 
 
 I am currently in my 3rd and final year of my degree in Te Reo Māori and Māori and indigenous studies at the University of Canterbury, where I also sat on the board for the Māori students association in 2015. 
 
My passions lie in Te Ao Māori and helping our Māori rangatahi to succeed in the education system as well as in life. Therefore I look forward to this opportunity to make a difference within the School and wider community. 


Ross Hastings

I am the Christchurch South Intermediate School Principal. My first association with the school was in 1989 as a classroom teacher in Room 13! I was a senior teacher and then Deputy Principal at the school prior to winning the position of Principal in 2005. 

Before completing an Arts degree and training as a teacher, I worked as a Bank Officer with the National Bank. I am a keen follower of most sports and an active social cricketer in the summer. My modest musical abilities extend to playing the guitar and drums. 

I am thoroughly committed to the school and to the education of the students. As the school's leader, I have an obvious and significant role to play as a board member. 


Julian Cone

My name is Julian Cone.  My wife Cindy and I have two wonderful boys, both of whom are currently at Somerfield Primary School and will be coming to Christchurch South Intermediate in 2014 and 2016.
Originally from South Canterbury, I came to University in Christchurch in the late 80s, and have lived here ever since, living in Spreydon for the last 13 years.

My professional expertise is in Information Technology, particularly internet technologies and website development and I am the director of my own IT consultancy firm.
I have worked for a variety of companies in my career, including Landcare Research and NBCi NZ (now SLI-Systems) and have spent the last 10 years working as a co-founder or key early contributor in a number of other local startup businesses and organisations. Including YikeBike and the Ministry of Awesome most recently.

Information Technology is also a personal interest for me, and I love to explore new technologies and ways of doing things. It is very important to me to expose my children to technology.  I have assisted at Somerfield School with IT on occasions and I also provide teaching assistance at South Library in their Friday computer club (Minecraft).

I am a very optimistic person and I am proud to have been elected to BOT and look forward to being involved in the Christchurch South Intermediate community.


Nick Thurley