In late 2021, the Minister of Education made the decision to close Hāwera Intermediate and High School and open a new Year 7-13 school from the start of 2023. This page provides information about the process of closing the two schools and opening the new school.


To open the new school and close the intermediate and high school, the following high level tasks will happen from late 2021 to early 2023. Below is an indicative timeline, which is subject to change. More comprehensive, detailed information of each task can be found in this PDF [PDF, 207 KB]. Further information will also be provided over time following timeline decisions made by the Establishment School Board. 

Task Date
Appointment of establishment school board (ESB) Dec 2021
Appointment of Change Manager to provide advice and support in closing both schools. Dec 2021
Appointment of Governance Facilitator to provide advice and support to the ESB in establishing the new school. Dec 2021
First ESB meeting Dec 2021/Jan 2022
ESB start Principal Recruitment Process Jan 2022
Principal recruitment shortlisting and interviews Feb 2022
Principal starts role May 2022
ESB and Principal start recruitment of Senior Management Positions Mar 2022
Senior Management staff commence May 2022 onwards
Ongoing school establishment tasks Jan 2022 - Jan 2023
Continued appointment of balance of staff May 2022 - Jan 2023

Establishment school board

The first task is to have an Establishment School Board appointed by the Minister of Education. This is the board that will make all governance decisions related to the new school. The Establishment School Board will be made up of five appointed people and will have the ability to co-opt a further four people. Two Establishment School Board Minister appointed positions will be for iwi representatives. All members will have the same rights and powers on the board.

People interested in being on the board need to have the time to fully participate in decision making meetings. 

More information for people interested in being on the board is available here [PDF, 138 KB]. Calling for registration of interest closes on 5 December 2021. Following the closure date, a panel will assess the applications against pre-set criteria to make a recommendation to the Minister on appointments to the board.

Key documents

The Minister's decision was made in the Education Report below. The community feedback that the Minister considered is also below:

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