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Tena Koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa A warm welcome to Tarawera High School
Hapu Leaders/Advisors


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


Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison

Putauaki Hapū Leader - Year 7&8 Girls Dean
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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Francois Herbst

Year 7&8 Boys Dean
Kia ora, my name is Francois Herbst. I am originally from South-Africa and have enjoyed working at Tarawera High School since the beginning of 2017. My role this year includes Year 7 & 8 Dean for boys and Teacher in charge of Outdoor Education. I look forward to the opportunities of working alongside year 7 & 8 students while working in this role.

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Kelly Handley

Maungawhakamana Hapū Leader - Year 9 Dean
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.

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Sheree Tuhoro

Year 10 Dean
Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko Sheree Tuhoro ahau, I tipu ake au nō konei, te hapori he tino ataahua o te ao. My role this year is Year 10 dean as well as shared hapū leader for Whakaari hapū. Year level deans look after the pastoral care and well being of our tamariki at this kura. One of my responsibilities is to help build positive relationships between students, staff and whānau of our community. I am here to help support students with any pastoral and academic needs that will enable them to achieve academic and well-being success while here at Tarawera High School. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini. Success is not the work of one, but the work of many


Matt Metcalf

Tarawera Hapū Leader - Year 11-13 Dean
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.


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.

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.


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.