Senior Management

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. […]

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 […]

Middle Management

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 […]

Miss Ariana Te Wake

Junior Project Co-Ordinator/House leader

“Ko Panguru toku maunga. Ko Whakarapa toku awa. Ko Waipuna toku marae. Ko Te Manawa toku hapu. Ko Te Rarawa toku iwi. Ko Ariana Te Wake toku ingoa With my parents being from Taumarunui I have grown up visiting this town and relatives, and I have since resided here for the past two years permanently. […]

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 […]

Miss Jennifer Moffet

Teacher/Head of Sport

Maternity Leave Kia Ora, I am born and bred in Taumarunui and proud to call this town my home. I lived in Hamilton for four years while I studied at Waikato University and then took a job here as a Physical and Health teacher. I am in my fourth year of teaching and have enjoyed […]

Mr Fraser Findlay

Curriculum Director/Arts/House Leader

Miss Te Ara Bell

Curriculum Director/Languages

Mr Chris Brady

Curriculum Director/Social Sciences

I have been at Taumarunui High School since 2006 and now hold the position of Curriculum Director of Social Sciences. I have taught at a number of schools in NZ as well as schools in Australia and the UK. My specialist subject is History and I believe strongly that a knowledge of the past is […]

Mr Max Lina

Curriculum Director/Junior Technology

Mr Shawn Ponen

Curriculum Director/Maths & Numeracy/ House Leader

Kia ora, I am Shawn Ponen, the Curriculum Director of Mathematics and the Numeracy co-ordinator.  My family and I emigrated from South Africa in 2003 straight to the heart of the King Country, Taumarunui.   It has certainly been a ‘place of shelter ‘as suggested by the meaning of Taumarunui.  My wife, Shireen, and my two daughters Shanae and Sherilynn […]

Mr Antony Millen

Curriculum Director/English and Literacy

I have led the English and Literacy departments since joining Taumarunui High School five years ago. Before that, I was involved with the high school via family as my wife works here and both our children passed through on their way to university and other grand adventures. Taumarunui High School prepared them for these by offering copious […]

Mr Doug Large

TIC Hard Materials Technology

Ms Suni Tuckosh

ILU Manager

Mrs Derise Hewitt

Curriculum Director/Technology

Kia Ora, my name is Derise Hewitt. I’m from South Africa and live in Taumarunui with my husband and our beautiful little girl. I have been teaching Junior Technology at Taumarunui High School since March 2014. I am the Curriculum Director of Technology and I teach Textiles (sewing) for 6 months and Food Technology (cooking) the rest of the […]

Mrs Alison Annand

Trades Academy Director

Originally from Ireland, I have lived in Taumarunui for eight years. My husband is born and bred in the town and has a building business. I have two children, Darcey and Baden.  As a family we enjoy the outdoors, whether it be at home or going on adventures. I enjoy travelling and look forward to exploring more of New […]

Mrs Julia Loft

Performing Arts Co-Ordiantor/House Leader

My name is Julia, and I teach Mathematics as well as being Performing Arts Co-Ordinator and Hikurangi House Leader.  I am originally from Houston, Texas but have lived in Taumarunui for 11 years.  I have three young children with my husband who is a local farmer that runs his family farm.

Teaching Staff

Mr Greg Simpson

Building Tutor

My name is Greg Simpson I am married with two children. Both my children attended Taumarunui High School and now have successful careers in Teaching and Plumbing.  I am the building tutor at Taumarunui High School in our Trades Academy.  I also coach the schools girls’ soccer team.  In my spare time I enjoy playing […]

Mrs Hanna Hollamby


Sadly Mrs Hollamby has left to return to the USA to take up a position in her home town. We wish Mrs Hollamby well in her future endeavours and we will miss her smile and her ‘can do’ attitude

Mr Les Taumata

Farming Tutor

Mrs Andree Brown


Kia Ora, I have lived in Taumarunui all of my life and attended Turaki Primary and Taumarunui High school. I am married to Terence (for 41 Years) who is a deer and sheep farmer. We have two beautiful children Melissa-who is a head Teacher at Tamariki Akoranga; and Daryl who is a digger driver for […]

Mrs Cherie Beck

Music Tutor

I have lived in Taumarunui for the last 24 years. I moved here with my husband Roger from a dairy farm in the Waikato to a sheep and beef farm in the Mangakahu Valley. We have raised our 4 children here and they have now all left home (Tyrell, our youngest is currently in his […]

Mr Corey Wynyard

Hospitality Tutor

Kia Ora my name is Corey Wynyard and I am currently the Trades Hospitality Academy Tutor, Night Supervisor at the Moyle House Hostel and the Manager for the 2015 1st XV Team. I grew up in Taumarunui from age 6 and attended Taumarunui High School during my secondary schooling. I left in 2007 to live in Hamilton […]

Mrs Hannah Rix


Mrs Rix has sadly left us to pursue a different career path and has taken a Job at the Local Council. We wish her well with her new career. We will miss her warm smile and artistic talent as well as her involvement with our performing arts students.

Mrs Melissa Taiaroa


Maternity Leave Kia ora! Having grown up in Taumarunui, this is my home town. I studied at the University of Waikato for three years where I graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies. Following this I worked at a private training institute with at-risk youth, to help them gain independence, life skills, and their NCEA […]

Mrs Maria Wiseman


Miss Jessica Richards


Teacher Hi everyone, I’m Jessica Richards and I work with the Mathematics department at Taumarunui High School. I grew up in Taumarunui and attended THS for 5 years, so I’m very excited to be able to now be working in this school, and with some of the people, that taught me so much. After high school I moved to […]

Mr Cameron Hollamby


I’m Cameron Hollamby, Im a Physical Education teacher at Taumarunui High School. I was born in Gisborne and grew up in Taupo, where my passion for sport began. I have been lucky to be surrounded by motivated people who have motivated me in life to be the best I can be. I have always been extremely […]

Miss Tiffany Allan


My name is Tiffany, I grew up in Taupo. I graduated from Wellington University and have lived in Japan and the US. I came to Taumarunui High School because my partner works on a farm in the area and I liked the idea of working at a rural school. So far I am enjoying it […]

Mrs Skye Haggard


I am Australian and have been teaching for 8 years. My husband and I relocated to Taumarunui as we loved the town when we visited New Zealand a couple of years ago and thought it would be a great place to live. We weren’t wrong! The community has being so warm and welcoming. In my […]

Mrs Louise Donaldson


Hi, I have recently moved to Taumarunui from Sydney, Australia. I studied Linguistics Geography at the University of Sydney and am currently teaching Geography, junior projects and PE at Taumarunui High School. I love being active and outdoors and Taumarunui is the perfect place to be both! We are pleased to see the return of […]

Ms Nicola Pike


I teach English and I have been teaching in Taumarunui for 11 years. Before that I was from Rotorua and even before that South Africa. Some endeavours I have undertaken this year is to publish my first book. The second soon to follow. I published under a pen name Nix Whittaker. (I don’t think I […]

Mr Ian Forlong


Hi, my name is Ian Forlong and I teach Japanese and Maths at the school.  I love both my teaching subjects but am particularly passionate about Japanese and try to take students away so they can experience Japanese language and culture first-hand as often as possible. This is my fifth year as a Dean, and […]

Support Staff

Mrs Cherie Scheyvens

Principals Personal Assistant

I have had the privilege of working at Taumarunui High School for the past 10 years, firstly in the main office and the last 5 years as Principal PA. My children were educated at Taumarunui High School and have gone on to their chosen careers. I am lucky enough to be able to say “I […]

Mrs Kaye Erstich

Finance Secretary

I was born in Kaitaia, and attended Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. Moved to Taumarunui in 1985. My three children went to Turaki Primary and Taumarunui High School, then on to university where they all received a degree (B.Eng B.SocSci B.Com). I work in the office and look after THS income and expenditure.

Mrs Llyween Anderson

Student Data Manager

Hello, I was born in Raetihi and came to Taumarunui as an infant. I am from a large family and along with my sisters and brother attended Taumarunui High School. My adult children were also students here and all have been successful with their chosen careers. I work in the school office doing administration and […]

Mrs Maria Cole

School Publicist

Hi, I have worked at the high school for over 10 years now, and I feel very privileged to be working amongst some incredible people both staff and students. I moved to Taumarunui with my husband and 3 children 11 years ago, we emigrated from the UK as my husband was a shearer. We came […]

Mrs Maria Edwards

Office Administrator

Hello my name is Maria Edwards and I am from Perth W.A, and have been living in Taumarunui now for 20 years. I have worked at Taumarunui High School now for a number of years in the Office, as an Administrator and Receptionist.  My husband and my 2 sons both have attended Taumarunui High School. […]

Mrs Claire Winstone


Librarian Hi, I am the Librarian of our school, I have a Diploma in Information and Library studies through Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. I have lived most of my life in Taumarunui and attended this school when I was younger. Now, I am married to Scott Winstone who works at Valley Meats, we have […]

Mrs Mary Millen

Careers Coordinator

Careers Coordinator ​I work as Careers Information Coordinator and Advisor at Taumarunui High School. I have a Diploma in Career Guidance from NMIT. I am originally from Nova Scotia, Canada and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with my Bachelor of Arts Advanced Major in Sociology, and Minor in Psychology. Our family arrived in NZ […]

Mr Tui Hall

Teacher Aide

Teacher Aide  

Mr Hayden Dickens

Teacher Aide

I come from Timaru in the South Island. I moved to Taumarunui just over two years ago with my ‘now’ wife Jessica. We have recently had a new arrival to the family, our son Lucas, which makes life very interesting to say the least. We reside on a small farm not too far out of […]

Mrs Christel Rautenbach

Trades Administrator

Hi, my name is Christel  and I work in the Trades Academy and the Gateway department at the school. My husband and I moved from South Africa to this beautiful country 21 years ago, with our then two children (a couple of years later we had  ​our kiwi baby). They are all now grown up with partners […]

Mr Chris Hillier


Caretaker Hi I am Chris and I moved to Taumarunui 9 years ago primarily so my wife, Ann who attended this school, could be close to her family. My twelve year career in the RNZAF had ended and after working for Telecom and fighting the traffic, I relented and we moved. I spent the first […]

Mr Steve Maunder



Mrs Linda Peacock

Relief and Uniform Co-Ordinator

Hi, my name is Linda myself and my family have lived in the area for about 23 years. Three of my children attended this high school, John the eldest stayed at the hostel, as we were living in Waimiha at the time. I like gardening in my spare time and love cooking for others.

Mrs Keri Baker

Hostel Manager

I was born and bred in Owhango and have lived in this area all my life. I attended Tauamrunui High School of which I especially enjoyed playing girls rugby, and also I had a passion for cooking and hospitality. After leaving High School I attended The Auckland Chef and Hospitality School, which enabled me to […]

Ms Liz Tuakoi

Teacher Aide

Kia ora whanau, I am whaea Liz, currently I am a Teacher Aide at the High School,  helping students to strive and aim high for a better, brighter future is very important to me. I love baking and constantly treat the staff and students to a little home baking lavished with chocolate and anything else […]

Mr Alex Paul

Computer Technician

IT Techncian

Ms Rebecca Downey

School Nurse

School Nurse Hi my name is Rebecca and I am the Taumarunui High School nurse and have been in this role for almost three years. I grew up in Taumarunui and  I am an ex-THS pupil. I returned to live in Taumaruni 10 yrs ago after spending time studying and working in Auckland and the UK, and am now […]

Mr Danny Ham

Teacher Aide

I was born in Taumarunui and grew up in Kakahi. My wife and  I have 2 children who both attended High School. I have coached Rugby and Touch at High School over the years. I have worked in the freezing works, and also spent 15 years in the Forestry Industry as an onsite trainer and assessor, with […]

Mr Ian Lond

Teacher Aide/ILU

Miss Logan Lond

Teacher Aide/ILU

Mr Sebastian Turner-Skegg

Teacher Aide/ILU

Mrs Faith Barlow

Teacher Aide/ILU