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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

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.


Upcoming events

Junior Prize-giving: Thursday 10 December 2020
9.30am in the School Hall
End of Term 4: Thursday 10 December 2020
First Day of Term 1 for Years 9, 12 and 13: Friday 5 February 2021
Waitangi Day: Monday 8 February 2021
All students at school: Tuesday 9 February 2021
Year 9 BBQ: Wednesday 17 February 2021
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