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14th November, 2016

2016 Scholarship Winners

10th November, 2016

Motueka High School wishes to congratulate the 2016 scholarship and major prize winners. These young men and women are well educated and well prepared for their future challenges whether entering future study or the workforce. Our thanks to all the scholarship sponsors for their generous donations and ongoing support of Motueka High School. They are: • Kina Beach Trust • Grete Smith Memorial Trust • McKee Trust • ITM • Manoy Trust • Nelson Federation of Graduate Women Trust • W.E. Rowling Trust • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology • Safe and Sound • Shirley Hobson Riwaka Educational Trust • University of Otago.

aaron-bunn-head-boy-2016-university-of-otago-alumni-appeal-entrance-scholarship-top-5-all-round-studentAaron Bunn – Head Boy – University of Otago Alumni Appeal Entrance Scholarship






hine-markham-nicklin-head-girl-maori-studetn-achievement-top-maori-senior-science-good-fellowship-and-kina-scholarshipHine Markham-Nicklin – Head Girl – Kina Beach Scholarship






hannah-gordonHannah Gordon – Dux – McKee Trust Scholarship for Excellence in Science, AICA Chemistry Prize, University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship, University of Otago Vice Chancellors Scholarship and Kina Beach Scholarship





rachael-wood-kina-scholarship-safe-and-sound-scholarship-top-5-all-round-studentRachael Wood – Kina Beach Scholarship and Safe and Sound Scholarship






jack-tibbs-proxime-accessit-kina-scholarship-top-year-13-student-contactJack Tibbs – Proxime Accessit






abby-seymour-arts-captain-grete-smith-scholarship-top-all-round-studentAbby Seymour – Grete Smith Memorial Scholarship for Creativity, Top All Round Student






risi-pouri-lane-itm-scholarship-kaitaunaki-whanauRisaleaana Pouri-Lane – ITM Sport Performance Scholarship






jemima-meegan-manoy-scholarshipJemima Meegan – Manoy Scholarship






eden-meser-jeremy-temple-white-prize-nelson-fed-of-graduate-women-trust-jaycee-cup-for-year-13-speechEden Meser – Nelson Federation of Graduate Women Trust Study Award






fletcher-frater-top-year-13-boy-science-sponsored-by-network-tasman-and-top-year-13-student-overall-statistics-calculus-academic-blueFletcher Frater – W.E. Rowling Memorial Scholarship Nominee






lani-richards-nmit-scholarship-top-form-class-leaderLani Richards – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Scholarship






brooke-kenning-1Brooke Kenning – Shirley Hobson Memorial Riwaka Educational Scholarship






????????????????????????????????????Kendall Spark – Kina Beach Scholarship


2016 Senior Prizegiving award and Scholarship recipients

10th November, 2016

NCEA Level 3

Max McAlpine, First equal in Music,

Tori Walls, First equal in Outdoor Education,

Morgan Barker, First in Gateway,

Billy Bathgate, First equal in Music,

Ellie Dennis, First in Digital Technology,

Brooke Kenning, First in Primary Industries,

Laura-Alice Langridge, First equal in Outdoor Education,

Dale Carter, First in Engineering,

Georgia Elliston, First in English, High Achiever in Graphics

Hayley Garlick, First equal in Drama, High Achiever in Painting

Birte Hildebrand, First in Food and Nutrition, High Achiever in Geography & Tourism

Rachael Wood, First in Horticulture, High Achiever in Calculus & Physics

Fletcher Frater, First in Statistics, High Achiever in Calculus, Chemistry & Physics”

Abby Seymour, First in History & Painting, High Achiever in English

Eden Meser, First in Photography and first equal in Drama, High Achiever in Media Studies

Tess Haunch, First in Geography & Physical Education, High Achiever in Graphics

Hine Markham Nicklin, First in Media Studies and first equal in Design, High Achiever in Biology & Young Enterprise

Jack Tibbs, First in Accounting & Distance Learning (Economics),High Achiever in English & Statistics

Heidi Grainger, First in Graphics & Tourism and first equal in Design, High Achiever in Photography

Hannah Gordon, First in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry & Physics”, High Achiever in History

NCEA Level 2

Zoe Lightfoot, First in Tourism,

Zoe Cowling, First in Painting,

Benjamin Cudby, First in Engineering,

Ryan Whittaker, First in Sport and Leadership,

Ellen O’Cain, First in Design,

William Davis, First equal in English,

Victoria Binns, First in Fabric Technology,

Kase Walker, First in Music,

Tania-Rose Hausman, First in Gateway,

Krystina O’Connor-Jurgens, First in Photography,

Tia Winkler Stringer, First in Outdoor Education,

Luke Rubie, First in Horticulture,

Thorben Peppler, First in English as an Additional Language,

Sydnee Wilkins, First in Physical Education,

Josh Wemyss, First in Chemistry, High Achiever in Mathematics

Mitchell Archibald, First in Automotive Engineering, High Achiever in Graphics

Quin Vuiyasawa, First in Furniture and Building, High Achiever in Music

Megan Hendren, First equal in Dance, High Achiever in Physical Education & Tourism

Zion August, First in Health, High Achiever in Biology & History

Shania Pascoe, First equal in Drama, High Achiever in Biology & Physics

Laura Wilkinson, First in Biology and first equal in Drama,

Sophia Motley, First in Digital Technology & Distance Learning (Accounting), High Achiever in History

Maia Piggott, First in Food and Nutrition and first equal in Dance,High Achiever in Health

Jack Coakley, First in French & History and first equal in English,

Simon Vincent, First in Graphics & Mathematics and first equal in Physics, High Achiever in Biology (Level L3) & Chemistry

NCEA Level 1

Shaquille Rangi, First in Physical Education,

Cadyn Goodman, First in Primary Industries,

Antonia Lerbs, First in French,

Stella Stevens, First in Drama,

Connor Black, First in Music,

Cherees du Plessis, First in Outdoor Education,

Sarah Sowerby, First in Media Studies, High Achiever in Graphics

Susie Adams, First in Engineering, High Achiever in Science

Lauren Walker, First in Horticulture, High Achiever in Geography

Samantha Krammer, First in Furniture and Building, High Achiever in Visual Art

Dane Chea, First in Dance, High Achiever in Food and Nutrition

Karen Sangha, First in Accounting, High Achiever in Digital Technology & Science

Pamela Currie, First in Food and Nutrition, High Achiever in English, Mathematics & Physical Education”

Casey Boyes, First in Digital Technology & Mathematics,

Hannah Gale, First in Geography & Health,

Ella Ward, First in Fabric Technology & History, High Achiever in Visual Art, English & Science”

Jasmin Mosimann, First in Visual Art, Distance Learning (German), English, Graphics & Science, High Achiever in Mathematics

Special Prizes

Arts Captain, Abby Seymour

Arts Captain, Jack Ayers

Community Services Captain, Jordan Francois

Community Services Captain, Laura-Alice Langridge

Environmental Captain, Conor Kennedy

Environmental Captain, Hayley Garlick

International Student Captain, Jamie Cudby

International Student Captain, Hannah Gordon

Kaitaunaki Whanau, Peyton Neha Manihera

Kaitaunaki Whanau, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane

Sports Captain, Samantha Trevurza

Sports Captain, Tess Haunch

Head Boy, Aaron Bunn

Head Girl, Hine Markham Nicklin

Best contribution to Performing Arts, Kase Walker

Board Of Trustees Student Representative, Tori Holden

Cameron Prize for Digital Technology, Sophia Motley

Design Work In Clothing Prize, Victoria Binns

Engagement in Calculus Award, Kendall Spark

Jeremy Temple White Prize “To encourage the pursuit of art in either a recreational or vocational field”, Eden Meser

Joanna Bastings Memorial Cup for Excellence in Year 12 English, Ra Buchanan

Migrant Student Academic Achievement Award, Eduardo Madia

Motueka High School Cup Manage Self, Have Respect, Strive to Learn, Emma Gillions

Most Improved Maori Language Student, Canaan Neha Manihera

Primary Industries Year One, Cadyn Goodman

Speech Prize Year 13 Jaycee Cup, Eden Meser

State Cinema Cup for application and effort in Sound and Lighting, Michael Pickering-Webb

Top Form Class Leader, Lani Richards

Top Year 11 Girl Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Jasmin Mosimann

Top Year 11 Boy Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Hunter Chung

Top Year 12 Girl Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Shania Pascoe

Top Year 12 Boy Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Simon Vincent

Top Year 13 Girl Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Hannah Gordon

Top Year 13 Boy Science sponsored by Network Tasman, Fletcher Frater

Top Year 11 Student Contact, Molly Faulkner

Top Year 12 Student Contact, Isaac Bensemann

Top Year 13 Student Contact, Jack Tibbs

Weka Literary Prize Poetry, Stella Stevens

Weka Literary Prize Prose, Sarah Sowerby

Good Fellowship, Hine Markham Nicklin

Good Fellowship, Luke Cunningham

Whenua Iti Outdoor Education Award, Emma Arp

Year 12 Good Person, Good Paddler, Ben Cudby

Year 13 Good Person, Good Paddler, Dale Carter

Top Year 13 Student Overall Statistics & Calculus, Fletcher Frater

Motueka High School Environmental Award – In recognition for a positive contribution to the awareness of the Tasman natural environment, and the school’s biodiversity enhancement work, Hayley Garlick

Year 11 Outdoor Education Achievement Award, Hunter Chung

Megan Hebberd Memorial Cup for Leadership in Outdoor Education, Laura-Alice Langridge

AICA Chemistry Prize NCEA L3, Hannah Gordon

McKee Trust Scholarship for Excellence in Science, Hannah Gordon

Maori Student Achievement Tuakana Maori, Hine Markham Nicklin

Nga Toa Ngaki Kai Hort Research Science Award for Top Maori Senior Science Student, Hine Markham Nicklin

AICA Chemistry Prize NCEA L2, Simon Vincent

Faith Jackson Trophy for Top Student in Year 12 Mathematics, Simon Vincent

Institute Of Physics Prize for NCEA L2, Simon Vincent

Grete Smith Memorial Scholarship for Creativity, Abby Seymour

ITM Sport Performance Scholarship, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane

Kina Scholarship, Jack Tibbs

Kina Scholarship, Kendall Spark

Kina Scholarship, Hannah Gordon

Kina Scholarships, Rachael Wood

Kina Scholarships, Hine Markham Nicklin

Manoy Scholarship, Jemima Meegan

McKee Trust Scholarship Nominee, Georgia Elliston

Nelson Federation Of Graduate Women Trust Study Award, Eden Meser

Safe and Sound Scholarship, Rachael Wood

Shirley Hobson Riwaka Educational Scholarship, Brooke Kenning

W.E. Rowling Scholarship Nominee, Fletcher Frater

NMIT Scholarship, Lani Richards

University of Otago Alumni Appeal Entrance Scholarship, Aaron Bunn

University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarship, Hannah Gordon

University of Otago Vice Chancellors Scholarship, Hannah Gordon

W.E. Rowling Scholarship Nominee, Fletcher Frater

Top of the South Trades Academy Student of the Year Award for Adventure Tourism Leadership Level 3, Amanda Fitisemanu

Manoy Scholarship, Jemima Meegan

Top All Round Student, Abby Seymour

Top 5 All Round Student, Rachael Wood

Top 5 All Round Student, Aaron Bunn

Top 5 All Round Student, Hannah Gordon

Top 5 All Round Student, Abby Seymour

Top 5 All Round Student, Hayley Garlick

Academic Blue, Rachael Wood

Academic Blue, Jack Tibbs

Academic Blue, Fletcher Frater

Academic Blue, Hannah Gordon

Academic Blue, Abby Seymour

Proxime Accessit, Jack Tibbs

Dux, Hannah Gordon

Board of Trustees Election Results

7th June, 2016

Declaration of Board of Trustees Parent Election Results

At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was equal to the number of vacancies required to be filled, it was declared by the Returning Officer, that the following were duly elected:

Boissevain, Sue; Johnston, Leeon; King, Bashan; Maru, Brent; Pouri-Lane, Lealofi,

Cross Country results 2016

14th May, 2016

Year 9 Girls: 1st Joelle Post, 2nd Jessie Fa’avae, 3rd Dayna Kenning

Year 9 Boys: 1st Casey Irons, 2nd Riley O’Connor, 3rd Ryan Martin

Junior Girls: 1st Peri Beech, 2nd Jasmine Wood, 3rd Isabel Neal

Junior Boys: 1st Fletcher Pickworth, 2nd Alex Brogan, 3rd Andries Pienaar

Senior Girls: 1st Corina Borgardt, 2nd Sydnee Wilkins, 3rd Jana Schewior

Senior Boys: 1st Jacob Bryan, 2nd Billy Bathgate, 3rd Jade Brown




Shave For A Cure raised over $5,500

14th May, 2016


Thank you to the 15 students who participated, staff, guest hairdressers and all those who contributed to the cause to help raise funds for this worthy cause

Congratulations to our “Movember” staff who participated and raised funds

2nd December, 2015


Jake Stow, Brian Jones, Damian Moorhead, Peter Allan & Peter Leathley

Volunteers – Thank You!

2nd December, 2015


Thank you to the volunteers of Motueka High School (some in attendance in the attached photo).  A morning tea was held on 1 December acknowledging the fantastic way you support our students and Motueka High School.

Motueka High School Construction Industry Trades Academy – Launch & Photos

17th November, 2015

Motueka High School and Motueka ITM celebrated the official launch of the Motueka High School Construction Industry Trades Academy by the Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing & Minister for the Environment on Friday 13 November 2015 at the ITM Building Centre, Motueka.  This is another fantastic student initiative for our students supported by the local community.  Our first 6 students to be part of this Academy are: Eden Beech, Ari Cumming, Vito Lammers, Jesse Charles, Nicholas Coleman and Jac Fry.

For photos of this event please click on the link below:

Motueka High School take this opportunity to thank ITM for their continued support of our students and school-wide community.

Senior Prizegiving held Wednesday 4 November 2015

6th November, 2015



Stella Bogdanoff



Alok-DHondt Proxime Accessit

Alok D’Hondt



Livia-Strub Top All-Round Student

Livia Strub





Academic Blues Recipients:

Kora Appleton, Stella Bogdanoff, Alok D’Hondt, Nathan Peacock & Rebecca Sandlant

Kina Beach Scholarship Recipients:

Kora Appleton, Stella Bogdanoff, Nari Casley, Livia Strub & Rebecca Sandlant

Congratulations to all our prize winners for 2015! Full details of all recipients will be available in the WEKA magazine and have been published in the Nelson Mail.

Board of Trustee Student Representative

1st October, 2015

Congratulations Tori Holden who is our newly elected Board of Trustee Student Representative.  Tori takes over from Nari Casley in this role.  Thank you Nari for the excellent contributions you have made whilst on the Board of Trustees.

Farewell from Scott Haines: Principal

21st September, 2015

Dear Parents/Caregivers

As I enter my last few days as Principal at Motueka High School I want to make contact with our parent community to bid you farewell and to thank you for your support.

I consider myself very privileged to have been part of this fantastic school and this awesome community. I accepted the role of Principal at Motueka High School in October 2009 and I am very proud of the achievements and successes of each of our students and the progress that we have made together as a school.

When reflecting on these achievements there is much to be proud of.

One of the first things that visitors to the school frequently tell us, is that Motueka High School is a special place and it really is! One of the foundations of our school is the culture of support, the care and goodwill for others. Our Core Values of Manage Self, Have Respect and Strive to Learn are well understood, well embedded and well adopted into our school culture as is our Human Rights Charter.

At the end of last term we celebrated our best ever attendance rate as a school. As at the end of Term 2, 2015 our school-wide attendance rate was 93.1% with a best ever result of 73% of our students now having an attendance rate above 90%.  This represents a 10.1% increase in school-wide attendance in the past six years – a very significant accomplishment that is having a positive and tangible effect on student achievement across the school. Congratulations to our students and thanks to our mums, dads and caregivers for supporting this important endeavour.

Another accolade worthy of our highest pride is our constantly improving NCEA results for each of our senior students. During the past five years our NCEA results as a school have improved by 40%. This significant achievement is a credit to each of our senior students.

A key ingredient in the success of this school is the commitment, skill and determination of our teachers and support staff. Our teachers work steadfastly to support and develop students academically and holistically. Student success is a testament not just to their own efforts, but also to the commitment, hard-work, skill and effort that teachers have invested into their students. I am grateful for the dedication, support and commitment from our teaching and support staff at Motueka who consistently go the extra distance to support our students.

One of our most significant achievements as a school is our NCEA results for our Māori learners which has doubled in the past five years. As a school we have done our best to support our Māori students to experience success as Māori. I am also really proud of the strong external relationships that have been built with Te Āwhina Marae, our two local iwi Ngāti Rarua and Te Atiawa, and iwi entities Wakatū Inc and the Ngāti Rarua Atiawa Iwi Trust. The fundraising, and building of a Cultural Education Centre for Motueka High School will be one of the key deliverables from these partnerships. Valued at $1.1 million dollars, this building will represent the most significant investment in school property since the school was opened in 1955. The building will be named “Te Maatu” after the Māori ancestoral gardens which grew on the ground that our school now occupies and we are on schedule to commence building in December this year.

Beyond NCEA results, as a school we have been working hard to ensure that the students who graduate from Motueka High School will enter further study or the workforce as young men and women who are well educated, well rounded and well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. I know that our graduating students are ready to take their place in the world. Our learners of today, will be the leaders of tomorrow and their holistic, well-rounded education will serve each of them well as they make their way through life.

Another area that has grown significantly in the past 6 years is our International Student Programme. The number of International Students studying at Motueka High School has grown by nearly 400% in the past 6 years and as a school we have enjoyed sharing our kiwi culture, our broad and balanced curriculum, our sports, culture and of course the great outdoor education opportunities  that our beautiful part of the world has to offer.

Finally, I would like to thank the staff, students and community for all your incredible support and encouragement of me throughout the past six years as I undertook the task of learning the craft of principalship. Achievement and success doesn’t occur by accident. It is the product of dedication, sweat, toil and commitment – and not just for the students concerned. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues, our team of devoted volunteers and members of the community who collectively invest thousands of hours of their own time each year in support of our students goals and ambitions. Your contributions are deeply appreciated.

My time as principal has at times been challenging, but it has always been rewarding. It has been an honour and privilege to lead Motueka High School and I could not have asked to work with a finer school community.

I will forever reflect on my time at Motueka High School as one of the highlights of my career and I will always remain a staunch and loyal supporter of Motueka High School and everyone in it.

I wish everyone in our Motueka High School community all the best for the future and I will closely follow the continued success of the school. I know that you will be very well served by the incoming Principal John Prestidge.

Qui Patitur Vincit

Scott Haines – Principal


Board of Trustee Student Representative – Candidates up for Election

1st September, 2015

NOAH APPLETON – Hi, I’m Noah, and I’m keen to be on the board of trustees to represent all you students.  Being a y11 this year is an advantage to me because it allows me to fully dedicate my time in y12 to being BOT rep, while in y13 students are busy with other important responsibilities.  This means I will be available to be approached and talked to, should you have any issues at all that the board can change.  For those of you who don’t know me I’m a y11 and have been at Mot High since the start.  I love the outdoors and am keen to keep my fellow students’ voices be heard on the BOT.  Please send a vote my way, and you may be lucky with a gold point draw next year! No seriously, I would appreciate your vote, thank you.

VICTORIA BREAKSPEARE – To Whom It May Concern – I believe that Victoria Breakspeare will make a great student representative because she has many good intentions such as designing / suggesting a gender-neutral uniform so that students that identify as agender, transgender, gender fluid etc won’t feel out of place, making school a place where depressed/mentally ill students can come to and leave having a better day, if not a great day.  She is very passionate and strong-willed, also assertive and mature when discussing school issues.  As her brother Daniel Breakspeare was the head boy of 2014, Victoria has a clear insight as to how the school operates. (Milo Clark)

HANNAH GORDON – Hello my name is Hannah and I hope to be your next student representative on the Board of Trustees.  I am currently in Year 12, and I have a younger sister in Year 9, so I feel I would be able to fairly represent different year levels.  I am involved in both sports and cultural groups, as a member of the school’s Amnesty International group, and also a senior netball team.  As a student contact and a maths tutor, I am an easily approachable person and will listen to any ideas you have for the school.  This year I became form class leader of RSA and I hope to continue building on the leadership skills I have gained in this role as student representative.  Thank you for considering me for this position.

JENNIFER GUTHRIE – I believe I should be student representative because I can provide you, the students, with a voice.  I would like to create a strong link between the board and students so that ideas can be communicated clearly and enable our school to develop and grow together.  Last year I was one of the year 10 representatives on the student council and I am very interested in this type of position.

TORI HOLDEN – I am Tori Holden.  I am interested in the role of the Board of Trustees Representative because I think it would be a good opportunity and a good role to go towards Senior Leadership roles.  I would enjoy being a part of the Board and representing the student voice.  I would like to stand up for students and speak for what needs to be heard.

LAURA-ALICE LANGRIDGE – Hey, I’m Laura! I’d be stoked to be your student representative on the Board of Trustees for 2016 as I’ll be able to use my experience as a year 12 Student Council Rep to represent ALL the students of Motueka High School.  I’m approachable, committed to representing your needs effectively, and I have a proven track record of helping other students of all ages in different ways.  I would really love to hold this position and push myself to be the best representative I can be, so I can help improve the school environment positively by voicing any issues students may come to me with.

TIEGAN MARU – My name is Tiegan Maru.  I am interested in being the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees for 2016.  I am going to be a year 13 next year and I’m wanting to take on a leadership role to make a difference in my last year.  I am currently on the Tasman Youth Council and have been since year 9.  I have also been a sports coach, peer support leader and helped on school/community projects and events.

DASHA THOMAS-MARSHALL – Hello, my name is Dasha.  I am running for student rep for the board of trustees and you should vote for me, because I would represent the students best.  I am full of determination and I will listen to everyone, no matter the age, sex or ethnicity.  I know a lot about the wants and needs of the students of Motueka High School and I’m full of confidence so I am not afraid of giving ideas or information.  I am a great leader and I can work around almost any problem.  I always have time to help.  I am always open to opportunities and I never let an opportunity pass.  I am very friendly and approachable.

Emerging Talent Scholarship Applications – Closing Date 30 October 2015

5th August, 2015

As an extension to our Gifted and Talented programme for Year 8 students and in preparation for students seeking tertiary scholarships (i.e. Kina, McKee and Manoy), Motueka High School are offering 3 scholarships to recognize emerging talent for three Year 9 students in 2016:



  • Registration in or attendance of at least one Gifted and Talented workshop at Motueka High School in Year 7 or 8.
  • Completion of an application form and essay submission by 30 October 2015.
  • Must be a New Zealand resident.
  • Must attend Motueka High School for Year 9 and 10 to receive the scholarship.



  •  Two years free school fees at Motueka High School (includes school and course fees only, not extra-curricular activities).
  • Provision of a school uniform package (one off issue).
  • Provision of stationery (one off issue).
  • Acknowledgment of scholarship in local and school media and at sponsors’ premises.


CLOSING DATE:                                                 30 October 2015  

Shortlisting Review by Panel:                    2 November- 6 November 2015

Successful Applicants Advised:                 9-11 November 2015

Unsuccessful Applicants Advised:            9-11 November 2015

Please submit your application to Paula Dempsey, Motueka High School or by email – by the close off date.


27th July, 2015

The Motueka High School Board of Trustees has appointed John Prestidge to the role of Principal of Motueka High School. John is currently Assistant Principal at Nelson College, a position he has held since 2012.

John has local roots and is an old boy of Motueka High School. John commented that “my decision to apply for the Principal role at Motueka High School was not taken lightly. As a past student at Motueka, a parent of a very recent one, and as a long-time resident of the area, I know that value and the unique character that Motueka High School has. More than any school I know it has a sense of community and is truly the heart of the town. Motueka High School is not just another school and my desire to lead it is with a knowledge and appreciation of the weight of responsibility the role requires”.  

It is a pleasure to welcome John to our school as our new leader”, said Board Chair Ian Palmer. “John’s skills as an educational leader are a very good fit for Motueka High School. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong student and community focus as a school.”

John holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching and will commence as Principal from the start of Term Four, Monday 12 October 2015.

Ian Palmer – Chair – Motueka High School Board of Trustees


John Prestidge – Biography

John Prestidge was a student of Motueka High School finishing his secondary schooling in 1987.  He then graduated from The University of Canterbury, Christchurch College of Education and had more than 20 years’ experience in education. Starting in Taihape College, then Tapawera Area School and then Nelson College where he has held leadership roles in English, been a boarding housemaster, and up until this appointment, Assistant Principal responsible for Curriculum and Head of International. In these roles he has always developed and valued open communication and teamwork.

John lives in Ruby Bay and is married to Sharon, another ex-student, who is Deputy Principal at Mapua School and they have four children. Alex is 20, Gabby 18 (and was at Motueka High School until last year), Reuben is 13 and Luca, 9. Both John and Sharon have parents, brothers, sisters and nephews and nieces all around the Motueka community and they very much see Motueka as their hometown.

John commented that he felt that Motueka High School is in great shape and he found it clear through his daughter, Gabby’s time over the last few years and throughout the appointment process that the community, Board of Trustees, staff and Leadership Team with Mr Haines at the helm, have worked hard and together for the students of Motueka. With fantastic student successes, exciting community partnership projects and a strong International programme Motueka is well placed to continue to provide excellent educational opportunities.

John is very much looking forward to the role and relishes the responsibility to continue the growth and development of Motueka High School in a way that protects its unique and immensely valuable community centered philosophy.

Cultural Education Signing Ceremony – Motueka High School & Supporting Partners

23rd July, 2015

Back in May 2015, we reached a significant milestone in raising funds from our community, iwi and other organisations to enable us to build a Cultural Education Centre at Motueka High School.  To recognise our achievements at that stage – a signing ceremony was held.  Below is a link to the footage of that ceremony.

We again take this opportunity to thank ITM, NBS, NRAIT, Wakatu, The Canterbury Community Trust and look forward to seeing the Cultural Education Centre built in the near future.


Congratulations Janice Aston – Paul Harris Fellow

20th May, 2015

Paul Harris Fellow recognises an individual who contributes US$1000 to The Rotary Foundation or has that amount contributed in his or her name.

In Janice’s case, the award was made in recognition of in the main, her untiring (30 years?) contribution to the life of Motueka High School and the benefits accrued from her efforts, and we know she is doing similar voluntary work for St John Ambulance staff, Motueka District Brass Band, and is custodian of the Lower Moutere Hall and so on. I am aware that Janice takes people experiencing some personal difficulty in their life, in for a roast dinner on a Sunday. Something few people know about.

To Whom It May Concern

I have known Janice Aston for over thirty years through our mutual work at Motueka High School. In particular, I got to know Janice very well through our membership of the Motueka High School PTA and through her role as sole manager of the PTA’s Clothing Market, a service that operated on a weekly basis and more often throughout the holidays. This role is a voluntary one and Janice’s dedication is second to none.

As Deputy Principal, one of my roles was student welfare and oversight of uniform and I worked very closely with Janice as the school tried to help needy families procure uniform items. Not only did Janice provide these families with second hand uniforms, but she also used the proceeds of the uniform market to buy whatever extra items students needed, whether it was a warm jacket or a pair of shoes. As well as financial and practical support, Janice uses her considerable skills as a seamstress to do alterations and mending for families at no cost. Her skills are such that she returns garments in a condition similar to a dry cleaner’s service. 

Janice was an enormous support to me as I tried to help students who sometimes were unable to obtain the basic uniform items and her compassionate and down to earth attitude is a real asset to our school and community. As a volunteer, she has given hours of her time and much of her own money and resources to the school. Her own children are grown with families of their own but she never stopped her relationship with their old school. As well as her generous response to students and their families, Janice sewed and mended curtains throughout the school and was forever bringing in home produce to share with teachers and staff operating the school’s tuck shop. She is like an angel on a mission to deliver help and goodwill to others.

Although I no longer work at Motueka High School, I am fully aware that her work continues unabated and she continues to be a stalwart in the community. Not even ill health or family bereavements affect her dedication to the job. She asks for nothing but gives 100% to a job that is frequently thankless as many students have to be reminded that she is there in a voluntary capacity.

I have the utmost respect and gratitude for Janice’s work and character. She is an ideal example of selfless service to the community and I would be very pleased if she was recognised by the community for this commitment.

 Marieann Keenan – 3 March, 2015

Cross Country Results – 1 May 2015

4th May, 2015

Cross Country results – 1 May 2015






  • Year 9 Girls – 1st – Jasmin Wood, 2nd – Emily Bryan, 3rd – Sarah Fitisemanu
  • Year 9 Boys – 1st – Fletcher Pickworth, 2nd – Alex Brogan, 3rd – Ben Johnston
  • U16 Girls – 1st – Chevy Walker, 2nd – Hollie Spark, 3rd= Lillian Russon & Tui Vincent-Turner
  • U16 Boys – 1st – Jacob Bryan, 2nd – Carlos McRobert, 3rd – Riccardo Gilheany-Fraser
  • U19 Girls – 1st= Kirsten Walker & Sydnee Wilkins, 3rd – Rikke Johansen
  • U19 Boys – 1st – Sean Byles, 2nd – Billy Bathgate, 3rd – Manu Vink

Motueka High School is 60 years old today – 12 March 2015!

16th March, 2015

Staff in 1950’s gear to celebrate Motueka High School’s 60th birthday
staff in1950s gear

Powhiri – Welcome

5th March, 2015

Powhiri Welcome to our Year 9 and new students and staff for 2015 was held on 9 February 2015.

Upcoming events

Anzac Day: Tuesday 25 April 2017
Term 2 starts: Monday 1 May 2017
Manu Korero: Thursday 11 May 2017
Rodger Fox : Sun-Mon 14-15 May 2017
Sunday 14th – Monday 15 May
Rockquest finals: Friday 19 May 2017
Talent Quest heats: lunchtime Mon-Fri 22-26 May 2017
22-26 May 2017 in the School Hall – gold coin entry free please
Talent Quest final : 7pm Wednesday 31 May 2017
31/5/2017 7pm-10.30pm approx in the School hall
Teacher only day: Friday 2 June 2017
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