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Hapu Leaders/Advisors

Hapū Leaders

Our Hapū Leaders play an important role within our school, ensuring support and care of our students.


Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison

Putauaki Hapū Leader
Kia ora my name is Stacey Morrison. I am a local girl born and raised here in Kawerau. I have two children of my own. My son Zantay and daughter Xaelyn both attend local educational providers. I am currently a Year 7 Homeroom teacher in the junior area of the school and a Year 7 Dean. I look forward to the opportunities of working alongside students while working in this role. My focus will be building positive relationships with the students, their whanau and the wider community.

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Kelly Handley

Maungawhakamana Hapū Leader
Kelly - Kia Ora, I am Kelly Handley, I have been living in Kawerau now for three years. My husband is originally from Kawerau but we have been in Auckland where I worked in the Royal New Zealand Navy. I have 4 daughters 1 of whom currently attends Tarawera. I am the hospitality teacher as well as the Hapū Leader for Maungawhakamana. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far at Tarawera working with the amazing students (and staff) that we have here.


Matt Metcalf

Tarawera Hapū Leader
Hi my name is Matt Metcalf, I am originally from England but have enjoyed working in Kawerau for the past 12 years. My roles this year include Year 11 Dean, Teacher of English and Principals Nominee.

Simon Mees

Simon Mees

Whaakari Hapū Leader
My name is Simon Mees. I have lived and worked in the Eastern Bay for the last 14 years. My roles at the school have included PE Teacher, French Teacher, Dean and most recently helping with student management and mentoring. I have helped coach different sports and enjoy the challenges the different roles bring.


Antony Pritchard

Senior Academic Advisor
Hi, my name is Antony Pritchard and I am one of the senior deans at Tarawera High School. I am a foundation staff member at Tarawera and continue to enjoy working the amazing students of Kawerau. I teach junior drama and physical education and am part of the senior performing arts academy team. I am also the forwards coach for the 1st XV and am an avid rugby supporter. I look forward to continuing to help students reach their academic and personal goals in their senior years at Tarawera High School.

Raewyn Morgan

Raewyn Morgan

Junior Academic Advisor
Kia Ora, My name is Raewyn Morgan. I am homeroom teacher in the Year 9 area and have the pleasure of being the Junior Academic Advisor. My main focus is on ensuring that our high level learners are being extended at an appropriate level. I also ensure that all our learners are showing academic progress throughout their formal testing. If you have concerns at any time about your child's learning please don't hesitate to book an appointment to see me.


Tahu Erlbeck

Kia ora, my name is Tahu and I am responsible for students taking Volcanics this year through the virtual learning network. By taking Volcanics, students have the opportunity to study subjects throughout New Zealand, subjects that may not be offered at Tarawera High School currently. It is my job to mentor and provide support to students taking these courses to enable them to succeed. I am also a Science teacher at Tarawera.