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Head students, Milan Chapman and Quinne Weber at ANZAC Day Dawn Service

4th May, 2021

Huge turnout for ANZAC parade

Motueka High School’s head students Milan Chapman and Quinne Weber speak at Motueka’s ANZAC dawn service on Sunday.

Since 1922 people have gathered at the cenotaph to remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

Photo and text courtesy of The Guardian newspaper.


CANCELLED -School Fundraiser – The Beat Girls cabaret Saturday 17th April

15th April, 2021
The Beat Girls –

Jonty Pickworth named in the NZ U16 Mixed Touch Team

25th February, 2021
Huge congratulations to Jonty Pickworth who has been named in the New Zealand U16 Mixed Touch team. Another superb effort from a local lad!
Congratulations to the following rangatahi who have been selected for the 2021 NZ U16 Domestic Tour which will take place here on home soil from 6th – 11th October

Congratulations Ethan Woods

17th February, 2021
Ethan raced on Saturday at Coronet Peak in the South Island U17 mountain bike xc race and finished 1st. Taking the gold medal & the championship jersey (3 in a row now).
He took the win by 1min 29s over Cam Andersen (2nd place) from Blenheim and Nic Rush (3rd) from Christchurch.
Nationals is in 2 weeks in Christchurch so we hope he has a good day of racing there.
He also won the Gold Trail in Greymouth last weekend overall and broke the course record by 7 minutes.

Level 2 Covid-19

15th February, 2021

Kia Ora, I am sure that you will have found out from the TV media or the emergency alert on your phone that we are now in alert Level 2 from midnight last night, and remain there for three days.

This simply means increasing our level of precautions at and around the school and we intend to run classes as close to normal as possible.  There are things we will do and I ask for your co-operation with them, please.

Please ensure that students remain home if they are unwell. Notifying us of their absence, as usual, will be important.  We will reduce our large gatherings, which means no full school assemblies and, unfortunately, the postponement of our Year 9 BBQ, which was scheduled for Wednesday.  School trips and sports will only occur if they can be done under Level 2 conditions.  As contract tracing will be strict, we ask that you only come on the school site when absolutely necessary.

If you have travelled from an area where cases have been reported, please advise us of this and seek advice from your health professional before returning to school.
While we hope it is unnecessary, we will also make sure students know how to connect to their teachers either through digital technology or know what text based work they can continue with, if the school has to close (not until Level 4).  As schools will remain open, for students who need to come, at Level 3, we will also ask you if you will be sending your student to school under alert Level 3. We will send a request for this information this week.
We will be increasing cleaning routines and also remind students about the importance of preventative measures like washing hands.
We all hope that the Level 2 conditions here, and Level 3 in Auckland will quickly prevent further spread and we will soon be going back down the Levels.
Until then, all the best.
Nga mihi
John Prestidge


16th September, 2020

These are our four fantastic nominees as the Student Rep on the Board of Trustees.


Read their bio’s and on Monday 21st September during form time, vote for the one the offers what you are after.

Motueka’s Got Talent

14th September, 2020

Video of all the performances can be viewed here :


Disturbing Tik Tok video – School counselling is available at Te Whare Pora (The House) if needed by any MHS student

9th September, 2020

Email from the Ministry of Education

Kia ora tātou

A principal contacted one of my colleagues in another region about a very disturbing clip which has gone viral on Tik Tok.  You might have read about this in the media.  Students have been watching it and have had very upsetting reactions. The school and Ministry’s National Office have contacted Netsafe who are working on removing the clip from sites where possible.  I thought it would be prudent to share the following advice with you in case you come across students who access and view this Tik Tok clip.

Netsafe have advised the following:

For now, we recommend that students are being made aware not to share or view the footage as it can be highly distressing content. Our webpage has information about helping tamariki exposed to upsetting content that you may find useful. We have also provided some support lines for students and staff if they need to reach out for support below.

  • Need to talk -. Free call or text on 1737 and there is support available 24 hours a day
  • 0800 What’s Up – Available Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm Sat/Sun 3pm-11pm on 0800 942 8787
  • Lifeline – call on (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for confidential support.

This content can have an impact beyond those immediately engaging with it. It is likely to have had a range of impacts on each person – some may be severely affected and others may not be affected at all. It is important to be aware of the need to talk with young people who have heard about it and to encourage them to express their feelings in response to the video. We recommend that having regular, open conversations at home around online safety is important to help young people navigate the myriad of digital challenges they will experience.

You can read more on our parental control advice page here. There is an option to switch to Safe Search when using Google search or alternatively, you can consider looking into this article to block Google images without blocking Google search.

This staying safe online guide and some of our printed resources may be useful.

Top of the South Readers Cup

18th August, 2020
Yesterday fourteen Year 9 teams from Top of the South schools competed for the Readers’ Cup at Nayland College.
There was stiff competition –  several schools entered two teams.
Our Motueka High Team came 5th – a very good effort with Marlborough Girls’ taking the Cup for the second year running.

Beautiful mural at Te Whare Pukeone (The Base or Learning Support Centre)

21st July, 2020
a collaboration between amazing art teachers, teacher aides, and students from The Base.
The woven Harakeke symbolises family, whanau, and friendships that intersect and strengthen our lives, and bind & weave them together. Surrounding this is a Koru, signifying the importance of new life and new growth.
It acknowledges our region and its many different people, overseen by Mt Pukeone, and the larger mountain chain that forms the spine of Te Wai Pounamu.
The processes & people involved in creating this mural strongly represent these ideas.
Our students at the Base were at the heart of this design. They were all involved in painting it & the circle of hands within the Koru are theirs. But it not only represents their place within our community, but  acceptance & belonging for everyone.
 Cathy Smith
Teacher Aide at The Base

The latest school murals

15th June, 2020
These three wonderful Manu were created in the End of Year Activities 2019.
A hard working group of Yr 10s, refined their skills by mixing and blending paints to produce these three Murals.
Art teachers, Ashlin Kingsley and Lauren Kidd together with the students designed these spheres based around the Weka, Tui and Kereru inspired by the work of the New Zealand Artist, Shane Hansen.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

26th February, 2020

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Information about Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for the education sector, and parents, caregivers and whānau of learners.

Please note: our Novel coronavirus pages are under active review and are updated regularly.

Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which includes the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

In January 2020, officials identified a new coronavirus called 2019-nCoV or Novel coronavirus.

We are closely following the information and advice being provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education with regard to the Coronavirus.

There are currently no cases of the virus in New Zealand and the Ministry of Health has assessed the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand as low. Should the situation change, we will follow our pandemic plan for managing the illness, as we would with other infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and influenza

We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update all of our school community with information as it comes to hand.

Preventing the risk

Everybody should follow the following basic principles to reduce the risk of getting an acute respiratory infection or passing it on to others:

  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze
  • staying home if you are sick
  • avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • if you feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events
  •  cleaning surfaces regularly (when the infection is suspected).


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.

Community member guide to the role of the board of trustees_180119

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

Upcoming events

Cross Country: Thursday 20 May 2021
Period 4 and lunchtime
Regional Manu Korero: Friday 21 May 2021
Careers Roadshow: Tuesday 25 May 2021
School Hall 1-3pm
Term 2 ends: Friday 9 July 2021
Term 3 Starts: Monday 26 July 2021
Term 3 ends: Friday 1 October 2021
Term 4 starts: Monday 18 October 2021
Term 4 ends: Monday 13 December 2021
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