U3 Principal/Tumuaki Years 1-13


Ko Tangikura te Maunga, Ko waiarohia te awa, Ko te Kura Takiwa o Opononi te Kura,
E titiro ana ki Te Wahapu o te Hokianga Nui a Kupe Ki Te Ao Marama

Tihei Maui Ora! E Rapu ana to tatou kura I tetahi Tumuaki e tika ana, hei Kokiri I te ako a o tatou tamariki ki tua, a wairua, a hinengaro, a tinana, a whanau hoki.

Our kura is small, rural and uniquely nestled amongst a strong Maori community within Te Wahapu o Hokianga . Though we are a fair way from Whangarei, Dargaville and Kaitaia we are close to the shores where Kupe once landed his waka. There are great opportunities for our students and school to grow.

Our school is seeking a competent empathetic leader who is strong, dedicated, dynamic and collaborative.

As the school roll is predominantly Maori the new Tumuaki will be committed to ongoing engagement with local Maori leaders in the context of their whanau, culture, identity and language. We require a leader who is experienced in senior leadership who can work along-side the Limited Statutory Manager, staff, students, whanau, wider school community and key partners. Applicants must be committed to further developing the journey paved over the past year to enhance outcomes for young people and their whanau.

How to apply

The essential application form must be obtained from Terry Hewetson of Kea Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For a school visit or chat about the school contact the LSM Vivien Knowles at 027 2866 325.

For questions on the process phone Terry Hewetson 021 27109001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • The closing date is Monday 19th February 2024 at 5.00 pm.

  • The Interview day is Sunday 3rd March 2024.

  • Starting Day 1 Term 2 2024.

Documents for the Application:

icon download 1  1. Letter from KEA

icon download 1  2. Letter from the Board

icon download 1  3. Person Specification

icon download 1  4. School Description

icon download 1  5. Referee Report Template

icon download 1  6. ERO Report - October 2023  (link to ERO Report website)

icon download 1  7. Gazette Advertising 

School Website

Applicants should also study the school’s website: https://www.opononi.school.nz