Tauhara College

Careers Department Information

 Careers Team 

 Delwyn.jpg        Paula.jpg                                                     

 Delwyn Roberts                  Paula Burnett


Welcome to the Careers Department of Tauhara College
We can help students explore interests, strengths and aspirations and help match
these to possible career pathways. 

The key to having the ability to make any decision in life is to have gathered the information, explored all the options, assess the choice and then decide.  Sounds easy - but it isn’t always and that's why we are here.

Tauhara College offers students opportunities to engage with tertiary providers,  both at school and on campus and also to engage with our local businesses.  Our department is well stocked with resources which are available to students at any level. We have a successful Gateway programme and Trades Academy programme which are other ways for students to explore options whilst still at school.

We have lots of information on this website, so please explore the tabs on the left hand side.  And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

 "It's not about telling a student what they should do,  but more about offering information about what opportunities are out there and future proofing their ideas"

He waka kore hoe  He tangata kore huarahi
A waka without a paddle is like a person without direction 


Te kaihoe
The central figure in the image represents you, the paddler, travelling along your life journey. You decide whether or not to take up the paddle, in which direction to steer the waka and how fast to paddle to reach your destination. You represent your whānau, hapū and iwi, who are with you on your life journey. For you are the physical embodiment of your whakapapa – you never travel alone; your whakapapa is with you always and you carry it with you wherever you go. 


Te waka
The waka is your inheritance – what you are born with, what is in your bones. The puhoro pattern on the edges of the waka represents the support you receive from your friends, teachers, school and community. Their support helps you shape and mould your inheritance. 


Te hoe
The hoe (paddle) represents your qualifications, skills, experience and the relationships that you acquire – you make your own paddle, you determine its shape and how you will use it to pull your waka through the water. 


Te taiao
The hidden face in the background is Tangaroa, the Atua of the sea. Tangaroa represents the challenges, happenstances and opportunities that will influence your pathways in life. Tangaroa challenges you to keep your waka on track, to overcome the obstacles that lie before you and to carry on towards your goal. 


Your career ...
... is the lifelong journey you take to fulfil your potential and contribute to the wellbeing of your whānau, hapū, iwi, and te ao Māori