Our People

Our staff enjoy and celebrate our students. They are knowledgeable in their field and are committed to searching out the latest teaching techniques, strategies and resources to provide our students with the best possible opportunity to succeed.

The staff are fun to be with and creative. They are committed to meeting the individual needs of students and their families. Staff are empathetic and energetic, kind and supportive. Tauranga Special School has a team of therapists who travel to all locations to provide both advisory and hands on service. Together they form our Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT).

Our Board:

Board Chairperson: Sally Holbrook

Parent Representatives: Kay Matthews, Shanr Oxenham, Malcolm Poppe, Tahlia Rikihana and Daisy Togo

Staff Representative: Deb Hudson

Core values 2017

Our School Values

  • Achievement

  • Celebration

  • Whakawhanaungatanga

  • Respect

  • Well Being

  • Inclusive Community

  • Manaakitanga

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Our Leadership Team

Barrie Wickens


Deb Hudson

Deputy Principal

Andrea Andresen

Assistant Principal

Billie Hampton Edwards

Therapy Manager