about us

About Us

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

Our Staff

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

Senior Leadership Team


Helen Tuhoro
BTchg, DSM, DipTchg



Julie Mees
BEd (Hons)

Learning Behaviour Coordinator


Gavin Holland
BSc (Hons) NeuroSci, PGCE

Learning Pathways Coordinator


Matt Melvin

Senior Manager

Linda Adams

Linda Adams
TTC, Dip Tchg

Junior Manager

Senior Staff and Curriculum Leaders

Mrs Helen Tuhoro, BTchg, DSM, DipTchg

Learning Behaviour Coordinator (Deputy Principal)
Mrs Julie Mees, B.Ed (Hons)

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

Senior Manager
Mr Matt Melvin, MA (Hons), Dip Tchg

Junior Manager
Mrs Linda Adams TTC (Dist), Dip Tchg

Student Mentor
Mr Simon Mees, B.Ed (Hons)

Curriculum Leader PE/Health

Curriculum Leader Technology
Mr Beau Morgan, BMArts, DipTchg

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

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

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

Curriculum Leader of Visual Arts
Mr Beau Morgan, BMArts, DipTchg

Curriculum Leader Maths
Mr Patrick Cleary, BSC Dip Maths, BSc

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

Cultural Leader
Mrs Marissa Peters, B.Ed Teaching, Dip.Tchg Te Reo Maori

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 Manager
Mrs Vicky Mitchell

Administration Officer
Ms Kahurangi Gage, B.Pasa

Finance Officer
Mrs Karlene Robertson

Relief Coordinator
Mrs Gail Boynton

Careers Administration
Mrs Joanne Wortel

Buildings & Grounds

Mr Chris Hansen

Mr Rima Ioane


Specialist Staff

Guidance Counsellor
Mrs Chloe Rigg, BA Honours Psych & PG dip counselling 

Special Needs Manager
Mrs Jo Mackintosh B.Ed, Dip Tchg

Special Needs Assistant
Mrs Rochelle Weedon, BTchng

Career’s Advisor
Mrs Robyn Cannell, B.Social Services (Career Practice), Dip Careers Guidance

Teen Parent Education Unit Manager
Mrs Sue Crighton, BSc, Dip Tchg

Teen Parent Education Unit Teacher
Mrs Kylie Torkington-Carter, BA Dip Tchng

Sports Coordinator
Mr Malcolm Channings

Mrs Jo Fortune

Teaching Staff

Mr Antony Pritchard, BA (Hons)

Outdoor Education
Mrs Leela Woodgate GradDipTchg

Physical Education
Mr Cameron McMillan,  MTchgLn, BPhED and Mr David Rushton

Food Technology
Mrs Kelly Handley, BHealth Sci

Fashion Technology
Mrs Karola Lewis BDesign

Design and Make, Hard Materials
Mr Ross Cannell ATC Dip Tchng

Ms Teresa Hoskins, BMusic, DipTchg

Mr Jason McDonald, B.Ed, Dip Tchg

Defense Academy 
Mr Tyler Matrixm, RNZN Dip Te Reo Māori

Mrs Jalaja Balakrishnan B.Sc, B.Ed, H.PG Dip HED, PG EDE (Hons)

Tahu Erlbeck

Te Puawaitanga
Tyler Matrix

Yr 7 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mr Zac Scott, B.Ed Cert.Soc

Yr 7 Integrated Learning Programmes
Ms Stacey Morrison, B.Ed

Yr 7 Integratred Learning Programmes
Mrs Glennis Matin-Paling, BEd, Dip Tchg

Yr 8 Integrated Learning Programmes
Ms Deborah Ninness - Dip Tchg

Yr 8 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mrs Raewyn Houia, BTchg

Yr 8 Integrated Learning Programmes
Ms Charyl McNicholas BSC DipTchg

Yr 9 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mr Alex Crosbie, B.Ed

Yr 9 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mrs Raewyn Morgan BTchng

Yr 9 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mrs Liz Tamblyn Dip Tchg, B.Ed. Te Ara Reo Maori Level 2

Yr 10 Integrated Learning Programmes
Ms Sheree Tuhoro, BTchg

Yr 10 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mr Francois Herbst, BEd

Yr 10 Integrated Learning Programmes
Mrs Kim Swettenham, BApSci, GDip Tchg

Yr 10 Integrated Learning Programmes
Specialist Classroom Teacher
Mrs Marissa Peters Dip.Tchg Te Reo Maori