Our Board of Trustees and the Principal continue to develop and encourage a positive and stimulating atmosphere and are proactive in ensuring the community voice (of students, parents and all other external stakeholders) is maintained at the highest possible level.

Since the schools opening, the Board and Principal have worked together to transform the Board of Trustees’ vision for education into a highly effective schooling model. In our fifth year since the evolving of Tarawera High School, the school is now ready to move into the stage of embedding the paradigm shifts that have taken place in these initial stages. Ethos, culture, expectations, and MANA are now set and this next phase of the schools life is to build on these factors and allow growth and development among both staff and students.

Our current Board members are:

Rachael Savage
Board Co-Chair

To be part of the Board of Trustees provides the opportunity to give back to my community. I live and work locally. Raising our son with all of the cousin’s children, and having nature and opportunity on our doorstep, is an absolute blessing. I am a sports driven mum focused on developing opportunities for our Rangatahi. The skills from my career and sporting life are all of use in assisting our Board with the governance of the school.

Shakirra Thomas
Board Co-chair
Tena Koutou Katoa. I have lived in Kawerau for the past 6 years. My whanau and I returned to live in my husbands home town after a period of time living in Australia. I am a mum of 5 children, three are currently attending Tarawera High School. The reason I stood for the Board of Trustees was to ensure that all students in our community have the opportunity for greatness. I feel very privileged to sit on the board of trustees and be apart of such a great community.

Willie Mitai
Tena koutou katoa, I have lived in Kawerau over 30 years and supported our children throughout their schooling. I look forward to working alongside Mrs Tuhoro, the staff and members of the Board.

Helen Tuhoro
Trustee & Principal
Ko taku tūranga ko te Tumuaki o te kura tuarua o Tarawera. I am honoured to oversee staff and students in our beautiful new Modern Learning Environment for Year 7-13. I was appointed as the foundation Principal when the school opened in 2013 and thoroughly enjoy the challenges and opportunities that life brings, as we prepare our future leaders to face the 21st Century with confidence and self-determination.

Matariki Turuwhenua
Student Trustee
Kia Ora I have the absolute privilege to be the student representative on the Board of Trustees for 2021/2022. I look forward to working alongside our board and taking the thoughts and opinions of our students to the board. I am also looking forward to gaining more leadership skills and being a good role model.

Matt Sheaff
Staff Trustee
Kia ora, I’m delighted to be Tarawera High School’s Staff Board Trustee. I have only been at this school for a short period of time but my heart is in this place. Both my grandparents raised their children in Kawerau and my parents attended the college many years ago. I was born in raised in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) but recently made the move down to the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I am looking forward to serve this school and make a difference in the lives of young tamariki here.

Darrel Leaf
I was born and raised in Matahina Forestry, lived throughout the Eastern Bay and settled in Kawerau. I am single parent of 3 children. I have one daughter attending THS and two younger sons at Kawerau South School. I want to make a contribution to the school and community and am looking forward to learning about the Board of Trustees.

Melany Dowie
As a past student of Kawerau College and a parent, it is my honour to be on board, working alongside a team who are passionate about the vision for education. I will ensure that my contribution towards the ongoing success of Tarawera High School, is proactive, positive and encouraging.

Carol Dyer
My name is Carol Dyer and our family has resided in Kawerau for 38 years. I have always been interested in the education of children and have worked with children with reading difficulties, speech problems and special needs here in Kawerau, from kindergarten, primary, intermediate and high school levels. Our son went to Kawerau College and now his son is here at Tarawera High School. I would love to give back in some way to help the high school for the future.

Aaron Rangihika
I was raised and educated in Kawerau and after returning from 10 years abroad my wife Maureen (nee Southee) and I chose to raise our two children in Kawerau, both young adults recently graduating from Waikato University. I have worked at the Norske Skog Tasman mill for 20 years and have been actively involved in the Kawerau community. With a Governance background and a passion for Kawerau, I believe I am well-placed to contribute, make positive and informed decisions for Tarawera High School’s strong future.

Continuing Consultation

We continue to request the community to take an active part in establishing Tarawera High School’s identity and the establishment of our new school site. We began our building consultation process with our staff and students in 2013 and extended this out to the community to feed back to us what they see as the needs of their tamariki. 

Feedback from the many community consultation hui saw us gathering views on the new school design, input was collected on Positive Behaviour for Learning, Cultural Competencies of Tataiako and Curriculum content for junior and senior courses.

Focus groups were used to collect data from individuals to ensure engagement and consultation in the process of reviewing: 

  • PB4L – Developing our expectation of M.A.N.A.
  • Tataiako – Cultural qualities and what does success look like to whanau.
  • New Curriculum – Seniors – integrated courses.
  • New Approach – Juniors – inquiry and key competency based.


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