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Secondary education the way it should be

Kia Manawanui – Be Steadfast

Taumarunui High School has a rich culture and history which helps keep the foundations of the school steadfast. Close to National Park, the Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields, and accented by the incredible untouched surroundings of the King Country, our school makes the most of its geographical advantages. Outdoor Education plays a large part for many students in Taumarunui, and it’s no wonder why with such endless opportunities that is made available to them through our exclusive programmes. From kayaking to skiing, or mountain biking to hiking, Taumarunui High School’s Outdoor Education Programme is designed specifically for its surroundings.

However, the Outdoor Education Programme is just one of the many features of the school. Enriched with improved initiatives which have began to shape the school’s modern image, students take part in Junior Academies (which, by 2014, will have extended to Senior Academies also), Te Kotahitanga (mentoring and support), Restorative Practise, the Trades & Services Academy for senior students and many more. The school’s education structure goes hand-in-hand with four extended periods every day, starting at 8.45am from Monday to Friday.

Extra-curricular culture is equally as strong at Taumarunui High School, from sport and groups hosted by students, staff and external support. In all aspects of our school, we will keep on ‘Striving for Excellence’, whether it be in academic or extra-curricular areas. Students will always be encouraged and given the necessary utilities to succeed.


Our courses

We offer a wide range of courses catered for all interests of our students as well as new academy programmes.


Our senior leadership team

Mrs Erika Lerm

Deputy Principal

Tena Koutou katoa Ko Drakensberg te maunga; ko Umzinduzi te awa; ko Pietermaritzburg te whenua; no South Africa ahau. E tekau ma rima o nga marama e noho ana i Taumarunui; E toru tekau ma rua o nga tau e kaiako ana. Ko Rupert taku hoa rangatira; Ko Erika ahau. No reira tena ano koutou katoa. […]

Mr Chris Long

International Director

I came to Taumarunui High School in 2011 after teaching for over 16 years in the UK. I arrived in Taumarunui direct from the UK with my wife, three sons and our dog!  All three of my sons attend THS my eldest is about to leave.  Heather, my wife, is the Office Administrator at St Patrick’s Catholic […]

Mrs Shireen Ponen

Assistant Principal

Ko South Africa ahau Ko Shawn toku tane Ko Shanae raua ko Sherilynn oku tamariki Ko Shireen toku ingoa Kia Ora, My family and I moved to Taumarunui in January 2004 after being appointed as a Maths Teacher at Taumarunui High School.  I must admit that coming from South Africa to a quiet town was […]

Mrs Julie Gilbert

Guidance Counsellor

I am Julie Gilbert, the Guidance Counsellor for the school. I have three adult children, and five grandchildren in Australia (too far away!) I am happily married to Wayne who is a rural delivery driver for the Ongarue, Waimiha area, and in the weekends we like to work on and maintain our small farm. At school […]