Board announce new Principal appointment


“Board Talk” Newsletter June 2023

New Principal Appointment Announcement


Kia ora e te Whānau, Talofa Lava, Welcome!

The Naenae College Board of Trustees is very pleased to advise our community that we have completed a comprehensive Principal/Tumuaki appointment process.

After a thorough and well-subscribed process, we are delighted to announce that our Deputy Principal Mr. Chris Taylor has been appointed Principal/Tumuaki of Naenae College. Chris will take up the role on 9 October 2023—the beginning of Term 4 2023. This delay will allow for us to advertise Chris’s Deputy Principal role and to find an exceptional replacement to complement our Senior Leadership team led by Chris. It will also afford Chris the opportunity to receive a comprehensive induction into his new role.

In Term 3, retired Principal John Russell will be Acting Principal to support, manaaki and awhi the induction and further recruitment process. John is well known to the Naenae community and we are delighted that he has agreed to step into this role to support Chris and the team for a term.

Chris was appointed to Naenae College as Assistant Principal of the Senior School in 2019. He brought senior leadership experience from previous schools and in 2023 became the Deputy Principal responsible for the day-to-day running of Naenae College.

Chris has a Master’s degree in Sports and Leisure Studies from Waikato University, training in restorative practice, and a deep commitment to the values of Te Whānau Tahi. Chris is married with two young daughters and lives in Wellington.


Contacting the Board

If you wish to discuss any aspect of school life, please approach the school management first.  To contact the Board of Trustees please ring the school office and ask for a contact number for the Chair, Derek Saumolia.


Board Meetings

Our meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month in the Wharekai at 6.30 pm.  Board meetings are open to the families and community of Naenae College and you are welcome to attend.

The dates for Board meetings are published on our website:

Board of Trustees

Ngā mihi nui,

Derek Saumolia, Presiding Member, Naenae College Board of Trustees