About Us

Tena Koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa A warm welcome to Tarawera High School
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Our Staff

Our staff are well-qualified and caring, offering quality learning experiences through innovative programmes that cater for each student’s needs and with their future vocational path in mind.

Senior Leadership Team

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Helen Tuhoro

Principal

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Julie Mees

Learning Behaviour Coordinator

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Gavin Holland

Learning Pathways Coordinator

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Matt Melvin

Senior Manager

Senior Staff and Curriculum Leaders

Principal
Mrs Helen Tuhoro, BTchg, DSM, DipTchg

Learning Behaviour Coordinator (Deputy Principal)
Mrs Julie Mees, BEd (Hons)

Learning Pathways Coordinator (Deputy Principal)
Mr Gavin Holland, BSc (Hons) NeuroSci, PGCE

Senior Manager
Mr Matt Melvin, MA (Hons), DipTchg

Student Mentor
Mr Simon Mees, BEd (Hons)

Curriculum Leader PE Health
Mr David Rushton, BEd PGCE, BSc(Hons)

Curriculum Leader Creative Technology
Mr Beau Morgan, BMArts, DipTchg

Curriculum Leader Social Sciences
Mr Matt Melvin, MA (Hons), DipTchg

Curriculum Leader Science/Maths
Mr Gavin Holland, BSc (Hons) NeuroSci, PGCE

Curriculum Leader of English
Mr Matt Metcalf, BA (Hons)

Curriculum Leader Performing Arts
Mrs Danielle Pritchard, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Education)

Cultural Leader
Mr Daniel Herbert, Dip.Māori Studies

Senior Academic Advisor
Mr Antony Pritchard BA (Hons) PGCE

Junior Academic Advisor
Mrs Raewyn Morgan BTchng

Administration Staff

Principal’s PA
Mrs Edwina O’Brien

Office/Property Manager
Mrs Vicky Mitchell

Administration Officer
Ms Kahurangi Gage, BPaSA

Finance Officer
Mrs Karlene Robertson

Relief Coordinator
Mrs Gail Boynton

Careers Administration
Mrs Joanne Wortel

Buildings & Grounds

Caretaker
Mr Chris Hansen

Grounds Staff
Ms Sonya Hamilton
Mr Jan Karelson

Specialist Staff

Guidance Counsellor
Ms Chloe Rigg, BA (Hons) Psych & PG Dip Counselling 

Specialist Learning Centre Manager
Mrs Jo Mackintosh B.Ed, DipTchg

Specialist Learning Centre Teacher
Mrs Rochelle Weedon, BTchg

Career’s Advisor
Ms Maxine Kaipara

Teen Parent Education Centre Manager
Mrs Kylie Torkington-Carter, BA DipTchg

Teen Parent Education Centre Teacher
Ms Jules Reilly, PGCE, BA (Hons) Sports Development

Sports Coordinator
Mrs Bronwyn Perkinson

Nurse
Mrs Crystal Kadhum RN, BN

Teaching Staff

Drama
Mr Antony Pritchard, BA (Hons)

Outdoor Education
Mr Francois Herbst, BEd

Physical Education
Mrs Sapphire Mullany, GDipTchg, BSR

Physical Education/Defence Academy
Mr Cameron McMillan, MTchgLn, BPhED

Food Technology
Mrs Kelly Handley, BHealth Sci

Fashion Technology
Mrs Karola Lewis, BDesign

Design and Make, Hard Materials
Mr Matt Wright, BEd

Music
Mrs Liz Tamblyn, DipTchg, BEd

Art
Mr Jason McDonald, DipTchg, BEd

Science/Maths
Mrs Jalaja Balakrishnan B.Sc, B.Ed, H.PG Dip HED, PG EDE (Hons)
Mr Patrick Cleary, BSC Dip Maths, BSc
Mr Tahu Erlbeck, Grad.Dip.Tch, PG Dip.Science & Tech Ed. BESc
Mr John Mullany, BA Psych, PG Dip Counselling, DipTchg

Te Puawaitanga
Ms Susan Kermally, BA PG Dip Ed
Mr John Morice - Support Tutor

SENCO
Ms Deborah Ninness, DipTchg

Year 7 Integrated Learning Team Leader
Mrs Glennis Matin-Paling, BEd, DipTchg

Year 7 Integrated Learning
Ms Regan Connor, BTchg
Mr Zac Scott, B.Ed Cert.Soc

Year 8 Integrated Learning Team Leader
Ms Stacey Morrison, BEd

Year 8 Integrated Learning
Mr Jim McDonald, BEd, DipTchg
Mrs Jarrah Burns, BEd, DipTchg/ Mrs Sure Herbst BCom

Year 9 Integrated Learning Team Leader
Mrs Raewyn Morgan, BTchg

Year 9 Integrated Learning
Ms Charyl McNicholas, GDipTchg
Mr Alex Crosbie, BEd

Year 10 Integrated Learning Team Leader
Mrs Kim Swettenham, BApSci, GDipTchg

Year 10 Integrated Learning 
Ms Kiri Tyson, BEd
Mrs Rochelle Weedon, BTchg/ Mr Francois Herbst, BEd