KAITIAKI

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

Stacey Morrison
Year 7 KaitiakiPutauaki Hapū

Kia ora my name is Stacey Morrison. I am a local girl born and raised here in Kawerau, where I currently reside with my whānau. I have been teaching here at Tarawera High School for 10 years. This year I have taken the new role of Year 7 Kaitiaki, as well as teaching senior English, Maths, and Art classes. I look forward to the opportunity of working alongside students while working in these various roles. My focus will be on building positive relationships with the students, their whānau, and the wider community. 

Te Okeroa Ngaheu
Year 8 Dean

Ko Pūtauaki te Maunga 
Ko Rangitaiki te Awa
Ko Ngāti Awa
Ko Mataatua te waka 
Ko Kokohinau te Marae
Ko Te Pahipoto te Hapu
Ko Te Okeroa Ngaheu tōku ingoa
No Te Teko ahau

I am humbled to have been selected for the year 8 Dean’s position here at Tarawera High School. I strive to be an enthusiastic, caring educator who values the importance of relationships so that children can thrive in a learning environment which is stimulating, comfortable and appropriate to their needs. I look forward to working alongside our tamariki and whānau within our kura this year.  

Jordan Kaie

Year 9 Dean

Mai i te tihi o Putauaki ka anga ki te tonga o rāwhiti ki Moumoukai 

Tū mai rā hei whakaruruhau, hei whare kōrero
E kore, e kore rawa e riro.
Ka heke te haukōpata ki Waitirohia, te awa ō Nuhaka. 

E rere rā te Mātāpuna ō Rakaipaaka, ō Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, ō Rongomaiwahine ki Nukutaurua

E noho ra Ngā whare rau o Te Tahinga.

Tihei mauri ora.

It is an honor to be working here at Tarawera High School. As a Raukura, a graduate of Te Aho Matua of Kura Kaupapa Māori and having a strong connection to my Niuean culture. I believe that everyone has a unique quality to offer and the potential to showcase their tuakiratanga, or identity to lead and represent their peers, whānau, hapu, or Iwi in all challenges in life. I look forward to learning and working alongside our tamariki and all our whānau this year.

Tēnā koutou katoa. 

Simon Mees

Year 10 Dean and e-dean

Kia Ora. My name is Simon Mees and I am the Year 10 Dean for 2024. I have lived and worked in Kawerau since 2003 after having taught for a year at Te Whanau A Apanui Area school in 2001. I am passionate about sport and taught PE at Kawerau College before working at Tarawera High School. I enjoy the role of Dean as it gives me the opportunity to forge positive relationships with students and helps to give students a sense of direction as they look to set up successful lives for themselves. I currently teach French and am heavily involved in the student behaviour management system

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 13 years. My roles this year include Senior Dean, Teacher of English and Principals Nominee.

Karen Henderson
Senior Academic Advisor
Kia ora e te whānau o te Kura tuarua Tarawera.  Ko Karen Henderson tōku ingoa.  I was new to Tarawera High School in 2022 although I have taught in the Kawerau community in the past.  I have the privilege of being the Senior Academic Advisor for 2023 which sees me supporting all students in year 10 to 13 with their academic pathways here at THS.  I am here to monitor, track, support and challenge our students to do the best they can in all of their classes and to gain the best qualifications they can.  I will meet with students to help them set their academic goals and support them with their subject choices to ensure they are on the right track to gain a quality pathway once they graduate from THS.  If you or your student have any questions or issues around subject choices, results or pathways, please do not hesitate to contact the office and make an appointment with me.  I look forward to working alongside you as your student completes their secondary schooling journey here at THS.