16 Jul 2013

Te Aute College appoints new principal

8:01 pm on 16 July 2013

The Maori Boys' boarding school, Te Aute College, has appointed a new principal - after being under the directive of a Crown commissioner.

Elizabeth Ellis, Te Aute College commissioner.

Elizabeth Ellis, Te Aute college commissioner. Photo: Te Aute College

Shane Hiha, the deputy principal of William Colenso College in Napier, has accepted the job and starts at the beginning of the fourth school term in October.

Ongoing improvements have been made at the kura since the appointment of commissioner Elizabeth Ellis by the Ministry of Education in 2011.

Ms Ellis was brought in to deal with a range of problems, including a falling school roll and education results.

She says she is confident Shane Hiha will do a great job because he has extensive experience in education and management. He is of Ngati Kahungunu descent and comes from a very well-respected Hawke's Bay family.

Mr Hiha takes over the role of principal from the acting tumuaki, Bill Adams, who was appointed to the role earlier this year after the resignation of Piripi Blake.

Ms Ellis, of Ngati Porou and Ngapuhi, says she will remain the school's commissioner until notified by the Minister of Education.