Hugh Smith, Trustee

04 Hugh Smith new trustee

Hugh Smith joined the trustees in January 2015. He has been a teacher for 31 years, nineteen years of these as a primary school principal.

Throughout his teaching career, Hugh has used the natural environment as a teaching context and has facilitated numerous camps and field trips believing that students should learn about the world they live in by going out and exploring it. Hugh’s work experience has included accounting, residential childcare, youth work and as field assistant with a wildlife film team.

An interest in monarch butterflies covers twenty years during which time he has established extensive plantings of swan plants at school and at home. He has nurtured an interest in monarchs amongst hundreds of young people which has included an involvement in the tagging programme for a number of years.

Recently, he has been volunteering in the butterfly garden at Te Puna Quarry Park.

Hugh lives in Omokoroa, just north of Tauranga. Currently he takes on short term acting principal roles and relief teaching and enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking, environmental projects and travel.