About Us

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

Board of Trustees

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:

Board of Trustees

Pari Maxwell

Pari Maxwell

Board Chair
Thank you for your vote of confidence in me as your representative on the Tarawera High School Board of Trustees. It has been an absolute honour and privilege to serve on the Board this far.

Willie New

Willie Mitai

Deputy Chairperson
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.


Shakirra Thomas

Parent Trustee

H Tuhoro Small

Helen Tuhoro

Trustee & Principal
Ko Helen Tuhoro tōku ingoa. Ko taku tūranga ko te Tumuaki o te kura tuarua o Tarawera. I am priviledged and honoured to oversee staff and students in our beautiful new Modern Learning Environment for Year 7-13 here in Kawerau. 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.


Majean Rogers

Student Representative Trustee
Congratulations to Majean who was voted as Student Representative on the Board of Trustees at the recent student elections. Majean is looking forward to his term and being able to bring the student voice to meetings.

Richard Browne

Staff Representative

Darrell Leaf


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.