Board of Management Nominations

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association Board of Management Election 2022. 

Under the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association constitution, the elected Board of Management shall consist of not more than seven (7) persons and one (1) teacher representative.

Each Board of Management representative is elected for a two-year period. Any member of the Board of Management may be eligible for re-election and currently we have four board members completing their term.

Only members of the Association (Kindergarten Support Group Representatives and Board of Management) are able to sign off nomination forms. All completed nomination forms received prior to the closing date of 4pm on Wednesday 4th May 2022 will be tabled on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at the CMKA AGM and election of new Board Members will take place. In the event of more nominations for Board of Management positions being received than vacancies, a ballot will be held.

As a not-for-profit incorporated society, Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association requires a Board of Management to ensure appropriate governance for the organisation.

Nominations close at 4pm on Wednesday 4th May 2022.
These can be received by post, email or delivered by hand to CMKA Head Office.

CMKA Board of Management

Victoria Johnston  |  Chairperson
Rachel Cashmore Vice-Chairperson
Bessie Searle   |  Teacher Representative
James Christie
Joanna Niu
Tom O’Neil
Mema Schwalger
Rebekah Tossell

Nomination Form

Our Board of Management

The Association is governed by a Board of Management elected under the rules of the Association’s Constitution. The Board consists of a Chairperson, 6 members voted on by elected representatives of member kindergartens and one teacher representative elected by the teaching staff of the Association. The CEO has a membership of the Board in an ex-officio capacity.

The Board is accountable for and has control of, the management of the Association. The Board’s role is not a ‘hands-on’ management activity. The Board employs staff to fulfil the day to day management of professional tasks within the Association and to advance the educational interest of its children.

Board meetings are held monthly at the Association office with no fewer than ten meetings per year.

Contact the Board

A new email has been created for the CMKA Board of Management and the ELCM Board of Directors:

Content of all correspondence received to this email address will be treated as highly confidential and directed to the Board Chairperson in the first instance. A list of correspondence received by the Board is included in the minutes of the Board meetings each month.




Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association, providing quality educational experiences and environments for children since 1952. Our 23 kindergartens and 6 ELCM centres are 100% kiwi owned and operated and are not-for-profit.