All posts by Ian Morrison

Update to weather event 8pm Tuesday 9 May

Kia ora 

I trust our community has not been too badly affected by the heavy rain today.

At this time (8pm) the site is safe for teaching and learning tomorrow (Wednesday 10 May).

Please check our social media posts and website for any notifications overnight should the weather worsen.

If you have any problem getting your child/ren to school owing to road closures please notify the Whānau Assistant.

Nga mihi

Strike Day Thursday 11 May

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You will be aware through the media that the PPTA (Post Primary Teachers’ Association) will continue industrial action during Term 2 or until the ongoing collective bargaining is resolved.

Similar actions are planned in term 2 as for term 1 which includes strike action on Thursday 11 May.

This email is to provide early notification of the school being closed on that day as we are unable from a Health and Safety perspective to provide adequate supervision for our students.

Rostering Home

Certain days have been allocated for rostering year levels home. On these days the rest of the school will have normal classes:

Week 4: Tuesday 16 May – Year 9, Wednesday 17 May – Year 10

Week 7: Tuesday 6 June – Year 10, Thursday 8 June – Year 9

The school intends to continue to offer our normal curriculum and other educational opportunities as we operate within the constraints provided by the union and Ministry of Education.

As stated before I wish to thank the community for its patience. This process is beyond our control and we trust the situation will be resolved amicably as soon as possible.

Nga mihi

Ian Morrison


Re: Strike action planned for Wednesday 29 March, 2023

I have received notification from PPTA of strike action planned for Wednesday 29 March as at this date negotiations between the secondary teacher unions and the Ministry of Education have not been resolved. 

As was the case on 16 March, owing to the large number of teachers who are union members we will have no choice in terms of Health and Safety but to close the school on 29 March should the strike go ahead.

We wanted to give you advance notice so that you can make arrangements to supervise your child/ren for that day.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Ian Morrison


Principal’s memo March 2023

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Term 1 has been a test of our resilience with mother nature and other events having an impact on our start to the year. Despite this our leaders and staff have made every effort to minimise the disruption and ensure as smooth a start to the year as possible. My thanks to the community is expressed in this memo and I trust we will experience calmer waters for the rest of the year!

Cyclone Gabrielle and floods

The school site coped extremely well with the extreme weather we experienced earlier this term. Thanks to the property team and their work over the years we had minimal damage, only a small leak which has been fixed. Indeed we were thrilled with two compliments, the first from Jon Sofo the architect who designed the school and who was very complimentary with the condition of the school during a recent visit. And the Ministry of Education has completed an inspection of the site as part of our next property plan. Again, minor work is required to ensure we comply with Health and Safety requirements which will enable us to devote most of the funds to modifying our teaching and administration spaces. This will enhance the educational opportunities and service we can provide our community. 

Teacher national strike

I realise that this has put added pressure on parents and caregivers who needed to provide supervision for their child/ren. Thank you for your support and we trust that the negotiations between the PPTA and Ministry of Education are resolved as soon as possible to avoid further disruption.


Thank you also to all parents/caregivers who have either paid in full or entered into payment plans for the various activities we need to charge for. Those with long memories will recall that we no longer request a donation which helps to free up some household income during what we know to be tough economic times for many members of our community. Early payment really helps us with our budgets and enables us to carry out the exciting plans we have for our students so your contributions have been appreciated. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please reach out to your child/ren’s Whānau Leaders who will be most understanding – communication is the key.


While not requested, parents/caregivers may pay a voluntary donation to the school which is tax deductible. So if you are considering a “worthy cause” please consider MHJC!

Contact for further information.


Last week our Student Executive Council helped to raise $1200 for the Red Cross and their cyclone relief efforts. Thanks to everyone who supported this important community outreach project.

Traffic congestion – school starts at 8.15 am

If I had a magic wand it would be to ensure all our students arrive at school safely by 8.15 am. Thanks again to the vast majority of our parents and caregivers who are teaching their children good habits by getting to school on time. I understand that there may be an odd occasion which may cause us to be late and we are compassionate if that is the case. Many parents will have seen me on Valderama Drive at or around 8.30 and I am still amazed at how many students arrive in the ten minutes between 8.25 and 8.35 with many parents adding to the problem by breaking traffic rules to drop their children as close to the entrance as possible. When questioned, often the excuse is that traffic was heavy or students did not wake up early enough. This puts pressure on our stopping area near the school and is a source of great stress for teachers and our neighbouring community. 

I repeat our expectation that parents aim to have their children at school by 8.15. If you miss that mark you will still avoid the congestion at 8.25. The congestion can cause an accident and breaking traffic rules is a bad example to our students.

Community Day

Finally a big thanks to all parents and caregivers who are able to support us on Friday 24th March. The whole school will be shifting from a planting to kaitiakitanga or guardianship focus to protect the almost 20000 native trees which surround the bike track and extend our neighbouring forest. This is a major effort and we thank Mr Gardi and his Enviro Council for their efforts.

Tena koutou katoua

Ian Morrison


Cyclone Gabrielle

The Ministry may instruct schools in Auckland to close on Monday owing to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle.
Please understand that this message may only reach the school on Sunday and we apologise in advance for this.
We thought the community should be prepared for this possibility and confirmation will be sent by social media and email as soon as possible.

Waitangi Day 2023

This weekend we remember the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Tiriti o Waitangi and acknowledge the significance of this important historic event. The famous words of Lieutenant Governor William Hobson, “He iwi tahi tatou – we are one people”, laid the foundations for the building of a new nation and are as important today as in 1840.

The weekend has even greater significance as Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau starts to recover from the incredible weather events this past week. Climatologists predict we need to prepare for more of the destruction and disruption such events will cause and the impact on our infrastructure and even where we live will be profound. All the more reason for everyone to stand together, support each other and do what we can to rebuild homes, roads, bridges and shattered lives. This is what was needed when Aotearoa/New Zealand was born and why the spirit of the Treaty should always be remembered.

Today MHJC renews its commitment to honouring the Treaty. We strive to place Te Reo and Ti kanga Māori at the forefront of our curriculum and activities. We wish all our students to benefit from the richness of the Māori  culture, heritage, knowledge and language and that our Māori students may celebrate and feel proud of being Māori as they grow their greatness.

Kia mana ake!

Revised start up dates

An email will be sent shortly to all parents and caregivers to outline in more detail the revised start to the year.
In summary for your convenience:
Tuesday Feb 7: Y7 and 10 students to start
Wednesday Feb 8: All students return.
This minimises the loss of time caused by the unprecedented weather but also provides our new students with an appropriate welcome and orientation.
While the delayed start has been frustrating we appreciate your patience and understanding.

New long term strategy for COVID-19 announced today (12/9/22)

The following message is edited from the Ministry of Education communication received today.

Changes have been announced by the government based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

This new approach will result in minor changes to the way we operate:

  • Household contacts of a person who has tested positive with COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore ākonga and kaiako who test negative may continue to attend school. 
  • Anyone with symptoms should stay home, get tested and advise the school for attendance purposes.
  • Mask wearing becomes a matter of personal choice and is no longer required after midnight 12 September 2022.
  • Indoor spaces will continue to be well ventilated and 
  • Good hand hygiene and sneeze etiquette is encouraged.

Your cooperation during the very complex and sensitive period has been most appreciated and we hope the relaxation of the guidelines we have followed will not be needed in the future.