We have a great team of staff at Mahurangi College. Our administration staff are key to ensuring that our large organisation runs smoothly each day. Both students and parents can contact the student services office with questions.


Communication and partnerships is key to developing well-balanced young people and we invite parents to the school on numerous occasions throughout the year to find out more about their children's learning, to celebrate success, to learn more about our education systems and to have input in the direction of the school. We clearly communicate upcoming events in a variety of ways and encourage parents to communicate with us if they have any questions or concerns.  

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After 30 years in education, including co-ed, single-sex, state and integrated schools, I am now privileged to lead this aspirational, achievement-focussed school. We strive to provide a rich and challenging curriculum for each and every student, coupled with extensive pastoral support to ensure that all students thrive and exceed their expectations. Mahurangi College is a school that builds resilience in students, taking them out of both their academic and personal comfort zones. Every day at Mahu is exciting, and I look forward to meeting you and building amazing futures for our students.

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Senior Curriculum, NCEA) 

I came to teaching later (in my thirties) keen to work with teenagers, keen to delve into the wonderful worlds of literature and writing. And I love it. I have moved into roles leading teachers, shaping subject direction, shaping aspects of school direction. We never stand still and it is this dynamic world of education that keeps it exciting for me.

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DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Senior Curriculum and Timetable)

I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who is passionate about teaching and learning. I have a strong interest in the pastoral care of young people, curriculum design and innovation, as well as assessment. I believe these aspects of education are key to the success of a school’s management structure and for students to reach their full potential. I have always been actively involved in sports coaching and believe it is important that we develop well-rounded, global citizens. 



I am passionate about teaching and learning. After 20 years working in the primary sector in both the classroom and in management roles I wanted to take on the challenge of working in a secondary school. I focus on teaching and learning programmes, but have also been very involved in many different aspects of school leadership. I am loving my time at Mahu, there is a very real sense of community that I have not experienced in other schools.

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I trained as a teacher in South Africa and also served as an infantry officer in the South African Defence Force. My family moved to NZ in 1999. I have been a teacher for 30 years and still love teaching. Education is not just about academics but the whole person. For me, “relationships” are the corner stone to effective education. If a teacher and a student have a good relationship, that’s when learning will happen. High expectations mean that you believe in people, that everyone can achieve. Teaching young minds that we are all accountable is key to a successful society. We also all have to be able to laugh at ourselves, take a bit of a joke and be resilient. 




The wellbeing and happiness of our students is our priority. We are very keen to work with families to help support learning and provide the best possible learning environment. If you have a concern, please feel free to contact us at any time via our school office or direct email (eg; j.smith@mahurangi.school.nz).


The most effective process for addressing academic and pastoral concerns are as follows:


If you have any concerns about a classroom or academic matter, the first person to contact is the classroom teacher


If you have a behavioural or pastoral concern our Counsellor is here to help. Contact our school office to get connected.


If your concern is unresolved, the next best contact is your child's whānau teacher. Our school office can provide you with contact details.


Contact our Head of Year's or House Leaders

Connections can be made via our school office.


If the matter is still a concern for your family, please contact our senior management team

If your concern remains unresolved after this step, your concern becomes a complaint

Formal complaints will be handled by our Principal and if necessary our Board of Trustees

Our Boards Complaints and Procedures Policy is available via our school office