Our Principal


I was welcomed into this school in August 2014 and have enjoyed meeting children, family and TBNS community members.

I’m an Upper Hutt boy originally. I did my teacher training at Wellington Teachers College and have taught in schools in Upper Hutt, Howick, Glen Innes, Manurewa, Northcote, Morrinsville and Wainuiomata. I’ve worked in education for 34 years and have been principal of 5 previous schools (Manurewa East, Northcote Primary, Morrinsville Intermediate, Glendale, Pukeatua Primary (Wainuiomata)), an education review officer, an NZEI official, a teacher education director in an early childhood organisation called Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa : New Zealand Childcare Association, an overseas qualifications evaluation team leader for NZQA and a lecturer at the University of Canterbury. Prior to arriving at Titahi Bay North I was the Principal Adviser (Registration) at the New Zealand Teachers Council.

I enjoy leading the TBNS team. Titahi Bay North is a great wee school, just like a country school in town. Friendly, hardworking children keen to do their best and a dedicated, caring staff. It’s a local school, with a strong ‘family feel’ serving its community for 60 years.

On my arrival here I gave all the children a TBNS whanau badge. The symbol is a Celtic one, from the iron ages, denoting ‘family’. Titahi Bay North School is like a big whanau/family who look after each other, look out for each other, help and care for one another. That’s what makes this place special. We nurture and promote this to all who come and join our TBNS whanau.

I look forward to meeting and working with you as you join our whanau here.

Nāku noa, nā

Colin Tarr