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Welcome to Piopio, A Thriving Village Nestled Between The
World Famous Waitomo Caves and The Rugged Taranaki Coast


Piopio College welcomes new principal

“Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi Engari, he toa takitini”
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

As the new principal at Piopio College I have been delighted by the welcome I have received by the school and wider
community. This is clearly a very special place to be and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this beautiful part of Aoteoroa.

My time in education has seen me with experience in a range of secondary schools such as Auckland Boys Grammar, Westlake Boys High, Botany Downs Secondary College and Papatoetoe High School. This also includes extensive experience in senior leadership roles as well as the last two years as a Senior Education Advisor with the Ministry of Education based in Auckland.

I have a passion for sport having played cricket and hockey at various levels and also in a coaching capacity for a number of years. A keen golfer, with a questionable handicap I have enjoyed playing at the Piopio Aria Golf course.

Students will thrive when learning is authentic, relevant and challenges them to be the best that they can be. Student engagement and student voice, creating opportunities for them to take charge of their own learning is a very important part of a successful school. Creating an environment with high expectations and to support staff and whānau is an important responsibility and I will do my very best to achieve this goal.

Piopio College sits proudly in the Ngāti Maniapoto rohe and I look forward to engaging with the wider community to learn as much as I can about the aspirations you have for our young people.

Ngā mihi nui
Rakesh Govind