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We are always prepared to meet challenges through participation, positivity

and passion.

Te Kuiti High School is a state secondary co-ed school situated in the heart of the King Country also known as the Waitomo District. Affiliated and supported by Maniapoto iwi, the school was initially known as Te Kuiti District High School. In 1955 came the separation from the primary school when it then became Te Kuiti High School. The school has gained a reputation for ‘punching above its weight’ with graduates featuring successfully in a range of professions and vocation. The hallmark for students of Te Kuiti High School is to be always prepared to show Manaakitanga through respect,  integrity, positivity and pride.

Board of Trustees

The Te Kuiti High School Board of Trustees are:

Mrs Hilary Karaitiana (Presiding Member)

Ms Jo Randle

Ms Nikki Taylor

Mr Alton Matthews

Ms Sarah McElroy

Mr Gareth Williams (Principal)

Mrs Marama Shearer (Staff Representative)

Avi Mudaliar (Student Representative)

Contact with the board can be made with the Board Secretary; Ms Lee Taylor - 



Senior Leadership team

Gareth Williams, Principal –

Rebecca Rapley, Deputy Principal –


Walter Tamepo, Deputy Principal –

Heads of Department and Assistants

B Chisnall, (HOD Science) –

C Hill, (HOD Social Sciences) –

E Hunt, (HOD Arts and Specialist Classroom Teacher) –

W Lupton, (HOD Physical Education and Health) -

A Sanchal, (HOD Mathematics and Numeracy) –

R Tuck, (Principal’s Nominee/NZQA Liaison) –

B Kearins, (HOD Technology) -

P Knight, (HOD English) -


J Hunt, (Mathematics, PE) Year 12 –

M Shearer, (Art & Photography) Year 11 –

T Karaitiana, (PE, Health) Year 10 -

P Knight, (English) Academic/Hauora & Year 13 –

J Marshall-Hepi, (Technology, English) Year 9 -

Teaching Staff

G Bailey, BA, DipTch (Metalwork Technology) –

R Stubbs (Art & English) –

M Zhang (Mathematics) –

J Caucau, (Woodwork) –

R Chetty, (Science, Primary Industries & Health/Safety) –

T Anderson, (Te Reo Māori) –

J Patterson, (English & Social Studies) –

S Henwood, (English, Food Technology & SENCO) –


C Jones, (Art, Mathematics & Social Sciences) –



Support Staff

M Ball - (Caretaker) -

J Te Huia, (Maintenance & Grounds Assistant) -

K Benefield, (Front Office Receptionist) –

M Spooner, (Teacher Learning Supporter) –

H Pethybridge, (Gateway Co-Ordinator) –

T Gray, (Teacher Learning Supporter) –

J Lincoln, (Librarian/Correspondence Co-Ordinator/Communications Officer) –

L Taylor, (School Business Manager) –

N Te Whare, (Sports Co-Ordinator) –

P Turner-Hughes, (Student Administration Centre Manager & Attendance Officer) –

Parent Support

The single most significant factor in educational success is support and encouragement from home.

Co-operation between home and school is vital and the High School stresses the importance of communication between staff and parents or caregivers.

Parents are welcome at the school and we are pleased to meet with anyone regarding their child's welfare and progress.

Phoning for an appointment will ensure that the person you wish to see is available.

Parents are encouraged to attend report evenings, and any other meetings which are appropriate for parents and students.

We are always in need of coaches, managers, and support for our school teams.

Parents are encouraged to attend sports days, major productions, performances and evening meetings.


The Home and School Association

The Home and School Association provides an important service in fostering co-operation between staff and parents for the betterment of students' education.

Approximately six general meetings are held each year. All parents are invited to become members. Parents may also stand for election to our Board of Trustees.

We encourage parents to support our students in what they do and appreciate feedback on how we are doing.

Parents can help by supporting our fund raising ventures, as these are important to help us provide equipment and amenities for our students.

The school requires students to conduct themselves in such a way as to bring credit on themselves, their families and the High School.

Charter 2024 - 2025

Strat Plan 2024 Pic.jpg

Financial Reports

Under the Education Act we are now required to make our financial reports available for you to peruse:

2022 Finance Report

2023 Finance Report (coming soon)

TKHS Board Policies

  • Click on the 'Schooldocs' link below

  • Then click on 'Search for your school'

  • Type in Te Kuiti High School & select 

  • Enter the username: tkhs

  • Enter the password: 21hospitalroad

TKHS Board Minutes



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