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 eleventh 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 school’s life is to build on these factors and allow growth and development among both staff and students.

Our current Board members are:

Ebony Tipene
Board Presiding Member

Marissa Peters
Trustee & Principal

Sidney Waiari
Student Trustee

Matt Metcalf
Staff Trustee

Rachael Savage


Jeneane Chandler

Carol Dyer

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.