"At Mahurangi College we listen, encourage and support our students in their pursuit of excellence. To experience the expression of joy in a student when he or she succeeds is the greatest reward for the hard work all our staff put into making Mahurangi College the best place to create the life stories of a young person’s formative years.


These are the success stories that will live with us forever; they are our Mahu stories."

Dean Iversen - Chairman of the Board

Dean Iversen


Dean has had 25 years of working in the Education industry, which has led him into being the co-owner of Iversen Educational Publishing.  They work with schools offering products and professional development to improve literacy levels, and also specialise with those students that are struggling.

David Macleod


I am passionate about education and the well-being of young people. I started my journey in education as a teacher of accounting and economics, then moved to middle management before becoming a principal more than 21 years ago. I love Mahurangi College and enjoy working with our hard-working and inspirational teachers and students every day.

Jason Neely

Board member

Jason and his partner returned to New Zealand from abroad six years ago.  They have one child attending Mahurangi College and two at Matakana School.  Jason has over 20 years experience in transforming and running large organisations. Jason is an innovative entrepreneurial, who works hard. He wants to see our community build on our strong foundations to make our school truly exceptional.

Dr Ihirangi Heke

Board member

Dr Heke is currently a Health and Physical Education consultant involved in a number of National and International projects aiming at improving health through increasing physical activity to address youth obesity. He is a trained Educational Psychologist and an elite athlete high performance consultant having been a provider to the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

Rachel O'Malley

Board Member

Hi my name is Rachel O’Malley – I currently have two children at Mahurangi College with one on the way. My husband and I have lived in the wider Mahurangi area for the past 10 years. My professional career has always been based in marketing and branding and I currently consult to other businesses in this area.  


I was co-opted onto the school board in 2018 and have really loved being a part of such a great school and team of people.  The strategic areas that I have been involved with on the board and what I am most passionate about are; health and wellbeing and marketing and communication. We have made such an awesome start on so many projects as part of the strategic plan in both of these areas and I am passionate about seeing these through to the next stages.  There are some exciting new projects coming up in the area of health and wellbeing that will be school wide – teaching and developing skills that will help develop happy, healthy and successful kids. 


To me learning in the areas of resilience, mental and physical health and being able to understand and manage yourself is a key part to leading a great well-balanced life. I am impressed with the time, effort and resources the management team and the board are putting in to making sure our school is great. They are providing our kids with the best possible positive environment they can to nurture these life skills. I am proud to be a part of this awesome school and wider community and consider it a privilege to be able to help in some way and be a part of growing great children. 

Peter Meafou

Board Member

I have been a local for over 20 years and love our area - my wife Rhonda and I have four children with my eldest at Mahurangi College. I am passionate about young people and ensuring they have the support, resources and opportunities to succeed at school (and enjoy those crazy teenage years). I have over 20 years experience working across the education and social sectors, developing both local programs and initiatives now operating nationwide.  I am currently Managing Director of a Software as a Service company helping business in NZ and abroad with their workforce management systems. I am excited to serve our community and give our young people the best platform possible. 

Nyree Norrington

Staff Representative

Nyree is our Staff Representative and this is her third term on the Board.  Nyree has been teaching at Mahurangi College for over ten years and is our Head of Faculty for Arts. This has provided her with valuable insight into the life of our students and staff, which she has been able to share with our Board. Nyree’s aim is to continue the tradition of making Mahurangi College a place where students feel encouraged and inspired to pursue their passions and develop their skills.

Rachel McGuire

Student Representative

Rachel would like to be involved in helping Mahurangi College become a better place. She is looking forward to the opportunity to speak on behalf of and represent the student voice. Rachel cares about the positive change students want to bring to our school. We warmly welcome our new student representative.

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In 2016 following a full audit of school operations the Education Review Office placed Mahurangi College onto a 5 year review cycle. This is the highest level of review and is reserved for only the best managed and well run schools in the country. ERO said…


“Mahurangi College students thrive in a student-centred learning environment. The broad, coherent curriculum supports high levels of student achievement and engagement. School goals drive improvement for learners, particularly priority students. Strong governance and leadership, effective teaching and learning, and partnerships with parents and the community enhance outcomes for students.”


We plan to build on this excellent report and are excited about the times ahead.

Contact: David Macleod - Principal | Postal: PO Box 64, Warkworth 0941, Physical: Woodcocks Road, Warkworth 0910 | Phone: 09 425 8039 | Email: admin@mahurangi.school.nz