Our People of Karamu High School

 The Senior Management Team

Mrs D Thomas

To contact the Principal
Mrs Dionne Thomas

The Principals PA
Mrs Viv Hantler
Phone:+64 06 878 7139
Email [email protected]

Mr Wayne Wooster

To contact the Deputy Principal
Student Management
Mr Wayne Wooster

Phone: +64 06 878 7139
Email: [email protected]


To contact the Deputy Principal
Curriculum & Assessment
Ms Sarah Gunn

Phone: +64 06 878 7139
Email: [email protected]

Mr D Hollands

To contact the Deputy Principal
Staff & Administration
Mr Damien Hollands

Phone: +64 06 878 7139
Email: [email protected]

Year Level Deans

At Karamu High School, our year level Deans play an important role in the pastoral care of your sons and daughters.  Our year level Deans are listed below for your information.  Please email your son’s/daughter’s Dean or phone 878 7139 and leave a message.

Mrs T Crawford

Year 9

Mrs Tash Crawford
[email protected]

Mr K Nepe-Apatu

Year 9

Mr Kane Nepe-Apatu
[email protected]


Year 10

Mrs Kirsty Christian
[email protected]
(Acting 2020)

Mr B Crawford

Year 10

Mr Byron Crawford
[email protected]

Year 11

Miss Stacey Cornelius
[email protected]

Year 11

Mr Tom Blake
[email protected]

Miss J Primmer

Year 12

Miss Jasmine Primmer
[email protected]

Year 12

Mr Justin Kite
[email protected]

Year 13

Mrs Tracy Taylor
[email protected]

Year 13

Mr Colin Rafferty
[email protected]

Karamu High School Board of Trustees

The current Board of Trustee members as of 2020 are:

Nicholas Richards, Jonathan Marks, Rebecca Love (Staff Trustee), Dionne Thomas (Principal), Tanya Douglas, David de Lange (Board Chair), Jonathan Brookes, Viv Hantler (Board Secretary), Charlene Fun-nell (Student Trustee)

Karamu High School Staff - 2020

JonestrophyJones Family Trophy Nominations

Staff 2019

Senior Management Team

  • Principal: Mrs D Thomas, M.Ed Admin & Lead., B.Ph.Ed., Dip.Tchg
  • Deputy Principal: Mr D Hollands, B.Desn., Dip.Tchg
  • Deputy Principal: Ms S Gunn, B.Hort Sc, Grad Dip.Tchg
  • Deputy Principal: Mr W Wooster, Dip.P.E., Dip.Tchg

Head Of Faculties

  • Arts - Mrs K Van Rijk, B.A., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • English - Mrs A Price., B.B.S., Dip.Tchg (on-leave 2020),
    Mr C Cummins, M.A., Dip.Aud.Eng., Dip.Tchg
  • Health and Physical Education - Mr G P Ross, B. Ph.Ed., Dip.Tchg
  • Languages - Ms J Veen, B.A., Dip.Tchg
  • Mathematics - Mr K May, B.Sc., Dip.Tchg
  • Science - Mr R McDade, B.Sc.(Hons)., P.G.C.E
  • Social Sciences - Miss H Glenny, B.A., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Technology - Miss M Calkoen, B.Arch.(Hons), Grad.Dip.Tchg

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs K Beaumont, B.A., B.Ed., P.G.C.E  - Asst HoF English and Languages
  • Mr K Beaumont, 
  • Miss A Blake, B.Spt., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mr T Blake, B.Ed.Tchg - Sports Coordinator
  • Mrs B Brown, M.Sc., Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs J Burn, B.Desn.(Hons), Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Ms K Christian, B.A., Dip.Ed - Year 10 Dean (Acting 2020) 
  • Mrs A Cooper, B.Mus., B.Sc., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Miss S Cornelius, M.Ed., B.Tch., B.Sc CIS
  • Mr B Crawford, Dip.Tchg - Year 10 Dean
  • Mrs N Crawford, Dip.Tchg - Year 9 Dean
  • Mr C Cummins, M.A., Dip.Aud.Eng., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr G Davies, B.Ed., Dip.Tchg
  • Miss J Dawson, B.Desn., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr J Donaldson, B.A., PG.Dip.Arts., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr N P Field, B.Sc., Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs J Hunter, B.Ph.Ed., Dip.Tchg., Grad Cert Career Development
  • Mr T Hunter, B.A., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr J Kite, B.VAD., Grad.Dip.Tchg - Year 12 Dean
  • Mrs F McDonald, B.A., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr J Mallory, B.A., M.A.E.
  • Mr E Martin, B.VAD., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mr J Matthews, B.Ed., Dip.Tchg - Asst HoF Science (Acting 2020)
  • Mr N R Moir, B.Sc., Dip.Ed.Studs., Dip.Tchg
  • Miss S Maui - 
  • Mr K Nepe-Apatu, B.A Maori., Dip.Tchg - Year 9 Dean
  • Mr A Noble, B.Ed., Dip.Tchg  
  • Mrs R Poirier, B.A., PG.Dip.Ed
  • Miss J Primmer, B.RS., Dip.Tchg - Year 12 Dean - Asst HoF Health and Physical Education
  • Mr C Rafferty, B.A., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mr B Reay, B.Sc., Dip.Tchg
  • Ms V Redwood, B.A., Dip.Tchg
  • Ms A Roberts, B.Sc (Hons), Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mr M Rolls, M.SW., Registered Social Woker - School Counsellor
  • Mrs D Rose, B.Sc. (Hons)., P.C.G.E., Dip.Soc.Sc., M.Ed (Hons)
  • Mrs T Taylor, B.A., Dip.Tchg - Year 13 Dean - Asst HoF Social Science
  • Mr B Tetley, B.Min., N.Z.C.E (Mech Eng)., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs R Tiuka, B.Ed.
  • Mr B Wardrope, B.Arts., Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs W Wardrope, B.Ed., Grad.Cert.TEAL
  • Mrs V Watson, B.A., Dip.Tchg., L.T.C.L.(Drama) - Asst HoF Arts
  • Mr L Weber, Grad.Dip.Tchg., Grad.Dip.Tsm
  • Miss A Whitlow, B.FA., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs E Wiggins, B.A., Dip.Tchg
  • Mr T Willis, B.Comm., Grad Dip Arts., M.Tchg
  • Ms C Woodhall, B.A., Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Ms P Woodmass, B.Tchg
  • Mr J Wright, B.VAD., Nat Cert Carpentry., Grad.Dip.Tchg - Asst HoF Technology

Itinerant Teachers

  • Mr D Boston, B.A., L.T.C.L.(Perf)., A.I.R.M,T., - Guitar, Electric Bass
  • Mrs T-M Brown - Voice
  • Mrs H Baker - Cello
  • Mrs C Della Barca – Director of Choral Programme & Music Administrator
  • Mrs M McHattie, Dip.Tchg., A.I.R.M.T - Flute
  • Ms S Rutgers - Piano
  • Mrs N Smith, B.A., LTCL, STCL, IRMT - Violin & Viola
  • Mrs B Tiedemann, L.R.S.M.- Flute
  • Ms T Vercoe – Contemporary Voice

Support Staff

  • Miss P Baines - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs K Baker - Administration/Canteen
  • Mrs L Bartlett - Teacher Aide
  • Miss B Brockman-Palmer - Teacher Aide 
  • Mrs B Butler - Administration/Careers
  • Mrs P Coppell - Teacher Aide
  • Mr B Cottrell - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs E Fraser - B.FA., Grad.Dip.Tchg - Library
  • Mrs F Gray - Receptionist/Cashier
  • Mrs V Hantler - Principal’s PA
  • Mrs J Harrison - B.HSc., Dip.Oneology - Lab Technician
  • Mr B Hokianga - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs S Jackson - Canteen Manager
  • Mr R McLaren - Groundsman
  • Miss N Messer - Dip.Rehab, Dip.Pysch, Div.Therapy - Teacher Aide
  • Mr R Poulgrain - Caretaker
  • Mr M Strickland, N.Z.C.E. (Ele Eng) - Computer Technician
  • Mrs L Tetley - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs T Travers - Telephonist, Office Administration
  • Mrs K Treneman - Office Administration
  • Mrs M Radley - Accounts Clerk
  • Miss G Whiting - M.Sc., Administration/Teacher Aide
  • Mrs M Whiting - Q.T.A., (Microbiology) - Lab Technician

School Details

We can be found on the Corner Grove Road and Windsor Avenue in Hastings

Postal Address

P.O. Box 346
Hastings, 4156

Phone: + 64 6 878 7139
Fax: + 64 6 878 7937
Absence Line: +64 6 870 6143
Email: [email protected]


For directions to the school, we are easily found using Google Maps.