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May Takahashi, Head Girl speaking at the Youth Parliament General Debate

18th July, 2019


28th June, 2019

It was our turn to host Buller High School in the annual sport exchange and we are pleased to say that Motueka High School came away with the trophy again! Andre Pienaar and Sarah Fitisemanu, Sports Captains proudly hold the trophy.


19th March, 2019


An interview with:  Fletcher Pickworth    Yr:    13

Your Chosen sport – Athletics

Your nickname – Fletty

Your place of birth – Nelson

Specialist position – 1500m

Current team competing in – Motueka High School Academy

The best thing about being an Athletic runner is – The sense of achievement and  knowing all your hard work has payed off

The worst thing about being an Athletic runner is – Having to train 6 days a week running up to 100k’s a week

The most stimulating moment ever experienced when competing was – The first time I got a NZ Top 3 individual medal in the 1500m

My most embarrassing moment when competing was – Running a race with only one shoe because my other one was not tied properly

The best place I’ve ever toured is – Taupo. Going to Lake Taupo was an awesome experience and getting to race there was really cool

What has been your proudest moment – Getting 2nd in NZ in December. This was my 2nd Top 3 in NZ proving it wasn’t a fluke and it was also in front of all my training mates

If there was one athlete that you would like to beat who would it be –  Liam Back

If there is one person or athlete you would like as a role model who would it be – Nick Mouli.  From a young age I have always looked up to Nick. He was always supporting me and he was such a goat. He gave me his old spikes (running shoes) which I now run in

The hardest thing about training is – Having to train so often and for so long. Most of the time it goes unnoticed

The best advice my parents ever gave me was –  Never say Never

If there is one thing I really hate it is –  managing myself

The best piece of clothing I’ve ever owned is – My pink fluffy slippers. I always wear them to competitions

I’d hate to be without – My pink fluffy slippers

If I wasn’t me I’d like to be – Nick Mouli

I think a good motto for life is – Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard

Favourite food – Sushi

Favourite Warm-up music – Eminem, lose yourself!

Favourite pass-times – Just hanging out with mates, just chilling

Best favourite movie – Queen, Bohemian Raphsody

What does life bring after finishing Secondary School – If successful I would go to America on an athletic scholarship

Your Top Coach/es – Tony Aikenhead and Greg Lautenslager

Best Supporters (mentor) – Mum and Dad without a doubt, and a shout out to the boys, Jacob Brooks and Ben Hofbauer for keeping my training honest

Spirit of Adventure

27th February, 2019

At the end of January our  Board of Trustees Student Representative, George Lockhart was lucky enough to have been selected for a 3 day trip on the Spirit of Adventure.

This is made possible through the generosity of NZSTA.

Kyle Sowry, a student on that trip has created the following video of that trip.

Board of Trustees Election – 7th June 2019

25th February, 2019

This year is election year for the Board of Trustees.  The term is for 3 years.

Election day has been set for 7th June 2019.

Please find attached a Korari form: NZSTA will support anyone who advises us they are interested in becoming a trustee, by way of the workshops but also providing access to our Learning Management System where online modules re: school governance, student achievement etc can be completed.

A community member guide to the role of the Board of Trustees: This explains a lot of commonly asked questions and information about becoming a trustee.

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Korari programme form – Interactive_090119


6th December, 2018

Congratulations to  Ai Takahashi (Motueka South School), Alyssa Burt (Motueka South School) and Max Brown (Upper Moutere Sch00l) who have been selected as the 2019 Emerging Talent Scholarship winners.

The winners receive a school uniform from Whitwells Menswear and stationery pack sponsored from Office Products

This year 23 applications were received from primary school around the district and the calibre of the entries was exceptionally high.

We acknowledge the unsuccessful applicants and wish them on their continued endeavours in the arts, sports, writing and music.


Ai, Alyssa and Max proudly showing off their Emerging Talent certificates.

Spending time with the Royals

30th October, 2018

Milan Chapman, Saskia Gray and May Takahashi were a handful of school students who met and spoke with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their whirlwind visit to the Abel Tasman National Park on Monday 29th October.

Milan, Saskia and May are Youth Ambassadors who often do environment work in the park under the guidance of Project Janszoon.


13th September, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS KYLE HARRISON on an outstanding job as the referees Hydration Specialist (waterboy to those who are a little older) at the recent All Blacks test
match at Trafalgar Park, Nelson on September 8th.
Here is his story:
I was the hydration specialist for the referee, Pascal Gauzere (France), throughout the match. This meant that at any try or during a long injury stoppage, I would run out onto the field and give him water. I was the only other match official apart from the referee and assistant referees allowed on the field. I had access to field side before the game and did a walk around the park before the game started, getting used to the atmosphere as it was electric!
I got to meet the match officials Pascal Gauzere, Nigel Owens (Wales), Nic Berry (Australia). and Rowan Kitt (England).
It was interesting seeing what it was like behind the scenes of a test match as everything is literally planned out down to the second, whether it be when the teams arrived, the coin toss, the haka and even when the helicopter with the game ball was due to arrive. It was very organised and planned out to ensure everything went according to the schedule.
I was asked by Mike Lash, the Tasman Rugby Referee Manager in early August if I wanted to be the Hydration Specialist for the referee at the test match, I said “Sure, why not”. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
I have two highlights from this experience and one of them was being able to run out onto the field in my very first All Blacks test match without security running after you. Being able to look around whilst on the field and see over 21,000 people there was amazing because this was my first match where there were over 20,000 people in attendance. Although, I was told “Get on and get off” so I only got the chance to look around when I was running off.
Also being able to meet my idol Nigel Owens was the main highlight overall for me. Also when Beauden Barrett got in my line to the referee in the final try and I didn’t want to ‘outrun him’ so I hung back and just jogged out instead of running out to the referee. I found that quite amusing.
Kyle Harrison and Nigel Owens

STELLA STEVENS – National Schools Poetry Award

24th August, 2018
Congratulations to Stella Stevens As well as being flat out directing the school production, it was announced this morning that Stella has won a literary prize as a finalist in the National Schools Poetry Award for her poem I am Waiting For You 
She was due to head up to Wellington for a workshop but it has clashed with the production.
We are super proud of her and the judges enjoyed her poem stating that:
Stella Stevens’ poem ‘I Am Waiting For You’ does not shy away from being a New Zealand poem and I love that. Every local detail she uses contributes to that scene-setting element, as well as being a poem that addresses environmental issues – specifically the destruction of native bush by the possum population. That broader layer of meaning gives the poem great depth. 


9th August, 2018

Jordan Richards, Riwaka School together with his parents attended our Open Evening on Tuesday night and correctly completed a quiz that was in the goody bags handed out to all Year 8 students.

Having his quiz drawn out as the winner means Jordan has won an NBS backpack full of stationery.

Congratulations Jordan

Indoor Cricket Reps

30th July, 2018


Over the holidays four boys from the school take part in the National Provincials for Indoor Cricket in Christchurch.  Three boys; Logan Ogilvie, Harsh Kansara and Liam Hobbs played for a Nelson team called Southern Districts (15 and under).  They were the eventual winners after beating teams from Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland, Otago, Central Districts and Northern Districts.  Alex Brogan played for Canterbury Under 17 who after winning all of their pool matches, lost their final match against Wellington.  At the end of the tournament Liam was selected for the NZ 15 and under team and Alex was selected for the NZ A 17 and under team.  Both of these boys will be playing in a World Series in October against Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.  They each have to raise $3200 to participate in this tournament but have the opportunity for local businesses to sponsor them by paying $250 for either the naming rights to their shirts or a banner at the World Series in Christchurch.  If anyone is interested please contact Stacey Fry (Deputy Principal) at Motueka High School.

Jill Bell

23rd May, 2018

It is with massive sadness and no small amount of shock that we must inform you that our valued and treasured friend and colleague, Jill Bell passed away early Monday morning.

It is hard to think of the staffroom and school without her massive presence and trying to accept this loss will require us all to look after each other, our students and Jill’s family.

Counselling and support is available at Te Whare Pora (the house) and we urge any students and/or colleagues to make use of this service.

Motueka High School was a crucial part of Jill’s life as she was a crucial part of ours.  Even though she will live on in what she has taught her students and colleagues, she will be sorely missed.

Jill’s funeral will be held on Sunday 27th May in the school hall, all are welcome.

Haere ra, moe moe ra, Jill Bell.

NZ Music Month

18th May, 2018


Janine Gillions of the Motueka Public Library has thanked the Motueka High School music students for providing 3 amazing lunch time concerts at Motueka Library this year.

The talent of these students never ceases to amaze.

Together with Janine we  also want to acknowledge the organisation and hard work Hilary Sinclair does bringing these concerts to the Motueka Library for NZ Music Month.

It really is incredible seeing these young people in our Library and connecting with the community. At least 54 people attended the concert today and 100 in total for the 3 concerts.

Thank you very much for allowing this partnership to continue.


May Takahasi – Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviro Leaders Forum

6th April, 2018

May Takahashi has been selected as a delegate for the 2018 Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviro Leaders Forum.  This is a huge achievement for her. May will join 55 secondary school students from around NZ for a week long leadership development adventure about the environment. She will have the opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues of climate change facing New Zealand, particularly ocean acidification, greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric carbon dioxide, climate trends, liveable cities, adaptation and resilience.  The forum will help develop leadership skills while participating in outdoor activities.  She will have the chance to meet and engage with inspiring and informative speakers, including experts from the Ministry for the Environment, Sir Peter Blake Trust alumni, local and national politicians, business and community leaders, and like-minded peers.  Delegates to YELF are eligible to join future Young Blake Expeditions as student voyagers.


YELF 2018 will be in Taranaki on 14-20 April and focus on different environmental issues related to climate change.


5th February, 2018

Maddie Bridge was named as the Top Year 10 Student for 2017



Harrison Frater was named as the Top Year 9 Student for 2017

Cheer and Dance Nationals

15th November, 2017

The Motueka High Cheerleading team recently competed at the New Zealand Cheer and Dance Nationals.
Across all division entered the teams placed- which is a fantastic result for a team who only started competing last year.

For the level 2 stunt group, the MHS golden girls placed 2nd.
The level 3 stunt group, MHS Xtreme, placed 3rd.

The Intensity team placed 3rd in the school team division.

Kaitlyn Bremner placed 3rd in her cheer solo and Linn Brinhildsen places 4th.

Myah Limmer placed 1st in the Jazz solo.

A fantastic weekend in Wellington, showcasing the amazing talent we have at our school


2nd October, 2017

May Takahashi has sucessfully won a very tight race to become the next Student Trustee.

Congratulations May and a huge thank you to Tagan Stringer who has represented the students over the past year.


Motueka High School – an example of a high school doing innovative things

14th September, 2017

Motueka High School had a write up in the Environmental Education for Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan.Rose Hipkins citied Motueka High School as an example of a high school doing innovative things with curriculum at the recent Deputy Principals Conference held in New Plymouth recently

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14th November, 2016

Emerging Talent Scholarship Applications – Closing Date 30 October 2018

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 2019:



  • 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 2017.
  • 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 2018 

Shortlisting Review by Panel:                    2 November- 6 November 2018

Successful Applicants Advised:                 8-10 November 2018

Unsuccessful Applicants Advised:            8-10 November 2018

Please submit your application to Nicki Saunders-Loder, Motueka High School or by email – by the close off date.

Upcoming events

School Ball: Saturday 21 September 2019
8pm School Hall for Senior students Year 11-13
Sports Prizegiving: Wednesday 25 September 2019
End of Term 3: Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4 Starts: Monday 14 October 2019
Arts Prizegiving: Wednesday 23 October 2019
7 pm School Hall – 23rd October 2019 – All welcome
Labour Day: Monday 28 October 2019
Senior Prizegiving: Friday 1 November 2019
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Information Evening for Parents of Year 8 Students: Thursday 14 November 2019
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