Our People of Karamu High School

The Senior Leadership 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 T England

To contact the Deputy Principal
Pastoral Care
Mr Troy England

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


To contact the Deputy Principal
Teaching and Learning
Ms Sarah Gunn

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

Mr D Hollands

To contact the Deputy Principal
Staff and 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 child.  Our year level Deans are listed below for your information.  Please email your child's Dean or phone 878 7139 and leave a message.

Mrs T Crawford

Year 9

Mrs Tash Crawford
[email protected]

Mr M Fleming

Year 9

Mr Micheal Fleming
[email protected]

Mrs R Love

Year 10

Mrs Rebecca Love
[email protected]

Mr B Crawford

Year 10

Mr Byron Crawford
[email protected]


Year 11

Mrs Amber Walter
[email protected]


Year 11

Mr Dave Murdoch
[email protected]


Year 12

Mrs Tracy Taylor
[email protected]

Mr J Kite

Year 12

Mr Justin Kite
[email protected]

Mrs K Christian

Year 13

Mrs Kirsty Christian
[email protected]


Year 13

Mrs Karen Beaumont
[email protected] 

Karamu High School Board of Trustees


The current Board of Trustee members as of 2023 are:

  • Nicholas Richards
  • Jonathan Marks
  • Dionne Thomas (Principal)
  • David de Lange (Board Chair)
  • Viv Hantler (Board Secretary)
  • Esta Chaplin (Student Trustee)
  • Tineke Tuala-Fata
  • Grant Russell

    To contact the Board Secretary email: [email protected] - Viv Hantler (Board Secretary)

Karamu High School Staff - 2022

JonestrophyJones Family Trophy Nominations


Senior Leadership 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 T England B.Ph.Ed, Dip.Tchg

Heads Of Faculties

  • Arts - Mrs K Van Rijk, B.A, Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • English - Mrs A Price, B.B.S, Dip.Tchg
  • Enhanced Learning - Mrs R Tiuka, B.Ed
  • Health and Physical Education - Mr G P Ross, B. Ph.Ed, Dip.Tchg
  • Languages - Ms C Brownlee, B.A, Dip.Tchg, Grad Cert TEAL
  • Mathematics - Mr K May, B.Sc, Dip.Tchg
  • Science - Mr R McDade, B.Sc (Hons), P.G.C.E
  • Social Sciences - Mrs T Taylor, B.A, Dip.Tchg - Year 12 Dean
  • Technology - Miss M Calkoen, B.Arch.(Hons), Grad.Dip.Tchg

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs K Beaumont, B.A, B.Ed, P.G.C.E - Year 13 Dean
  • Miss A Blake, B.Spt, Grad.Dip.Tchg - Y10 Kaiārahi
  • Mr T Blake, B.Ed.Tchg - Sports Coordinator - Y11 Kaiārahi
  • Mrs J Burn, B.Desn (Hons), Grad.Dip.Tchg - Asst HoF Technology
  • Mr B Callow, B.Bus, Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs J Callow, B.Sc (Tech), MTchgLn 
  • Miss A Carlson, B.Spt, Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Ms K Christian, B.A, Dip.Ed - Year 13 Dean
  • Mrs A Cooper, B.Mus, B.Sc, Grad.Dip.Tchg - Asst HoF Arts
  • 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 - (on leave)
  • Mr G Davies, B.Ed, Dip.Tchg
  • Miss J Dawson, B.Desn, Dip.Tchg
  • Mr J Donaldson, B.A, PG.Dip.Arts, Dip.Tchg
  • Ms M Ennor, B.Ed. (Educ. Research), Dip.Tchg
  • Mr D Fabian, M.Sc, M.Arts in Educ, B.Ed
  • Mr M Fleming, NZ Dip SS, Dip.Tchg
  • Mr S Glasier, B.A, Dip.Tchg, Cert  TESOL
  • Mr T Gorton, B.A, MTchgLn (Distinction)
  • Miss M Gray, B.Sc, MTchgLn
  • Mr J Herbert, B.Sc, Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs H Hope, B.A, MTchgLn
  • Mrs H Horrocks, B.Sc, Cert Exercise 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 R Love, B.A, Grad.Dip.Tchg - Year 10 Dean, Asst HoF Maths
  • Mr J Matthews, B.Ed, Dip.Tchg - Asst HoF Science
  • Ms E Miller-Matcham, B.A, Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Mr N R Moir, B.Sc, Dip.Ed.Studs, Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs S Moran, B.Sc, M.Research Biological Sciences, P.G.C.E
  • Mr D Murdoch, B.Sc, Dip.Ed - Year 11 Dean
  • Mrs S Overweel, B.Fashion Des, PG.Dip
  • Mr K Parker, Dip.Tchg
  • Mrs R Poirier, B.A, PG.Dip.Ed - Asst HoF English
  • Miss J Primmer, B.RS, Dip.Tchg - (on leave)
  • Mr B Reay, B.Sc, Dip.Tchg - (on leave)
  • Ms V Redwood, B.A, Dip.Tchg
  • Mr B Roberts, B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc MTEL
  • Mr M Rolls, M.SW, Registered Social Worker - School Counsellor
  • Mrs J Starck, B.SocSci (Hons), Dip.Tchg
  • Mr R Stephens, B.SocSci, Dip.Tchg
  • Ms A Sydenham, B.FA (Hons), M.FA, Grad. Dip.Tchg
  • Mr B Tetley, B.Min, N.Z.C.E (Mech Eng), Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Ms S Tuaoi, B.DanceSt (Hons), Dip.Tchg - Y9 Kaiārahi
  • Mrs A Walter, B.Sc, B.Ed - Year 11 Dean
  • Mrs W Wardrope, B.Ed, Grad.Cert.TEAL
  • Mr T Willis, B.Comm, Grad Dip Arts, M.Tchg  - Y12/13 Kaiārahi
  • Ms C Woodhall, B.A, Grad.Dip.Tchg
  • Ms P Woodmass, B.Tchg
  • Mr J Wright, B.VAD, Nat.Cert Carpentry, Grad.Dip.Tchg

Extra Curricular Music Staff

  • Mr D Boston, B.A, L.T.C.L.(Perf), A.I.R.M,T, - Guitar, Electric Bass
  • Mrs H Baker - Cello
  • Mr A Della Barca - Voice
  • Mrs C Della Barca – Director of Choral Programme
  • Mrs M McHattie, Dip.Tchg, A.I.R.M.T - Flute
  • Ms S Rutgers - Piano
  • Mr A Wuts - Sax/Clarinet 

Support Staff

  • Miss D Arnott - Teacher Aide
  • Ms P Baines - Teacher Aide 
  • Mrs K Baker - Administration/Canteen 
  • Mrs J Birch - Administration/Canteen
  • Ms C Black - Teacher Aide
  • Mr S Carnie - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs P Coppell - Teacher Aide, Music Administrator
  • Mrs A Fraser - Library
  • Mrs K Grapes - Administration/Careers
  • Mrs F Gray - Receptionist/Cashier
  • Mrs J Harrison, Dip.DigitalMedia - Office Administrator
  • Mrs V Hantler - Principal’s PA
  • Ms K Locker-Lampson, Dip.SLI  - Interpreter
  • Miss S Maui - Teacher Aide
  • Mr R McLaren - Groundsman
  • Ms J McMillan - Teacher Aide
  • Miss N Messer, Dip.Rehab, Dip.Pysch, Div.Therapy - Teacher Aide
  • Ms Manina Petuha - Teacher Aide
  • Mr R Poulgrain - Caretaker
  • Mrs M Radley - Accounts Clerk
  • Ms C Siebert, B.A (NZSL) - Interpreter
  • Mr M Strickland, N.Z.C.E. (Ele Eng) - IT Manager
  • Mrs D Taaffe, Cert.Hazardous Substances and Management, QTA Microbiology - Science Technician
  • Mrs L Tetley - Teacher Aide
  • Mrs K Treneman - Office Administration

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.