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Media Release September 2018

New Principal appointed for Huanui College

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Coombe to the position of Huanui College School Principal.

Our Board of Trustees have undertaken a thorough search and evaluation process and we can now announce that we have secured Mr. Coombe as our new Principal. He is a leader in the field of education and learning and his many years working in leadership roles which will provide tremendous value to the Huanui College community.

Mr. Coombe is currently King’s College Deputy Headmaster of Teaching and Learning, as well as Director of Studies. He has been in this role for fourteen years. Prior to this, he was Assistant Principal and Head of Faculty Social Services at Macleans College, has held roles at Auckland Grammar and Hamilton Boys, and is a past trustee of the New Zealand Education Scholarship Trust.

Mr. Coombe has a clear, positive and aspirational vision for our Huanui community, encompassing the success of every individual student and the support of staff to work to their fullest capacity. He has a genuine desire to future-proof teaching as a profession for the long term, through professional development and growth of the teaching team.

“I am excited to become a part of the Huanui community. The school is very well respected in the education world and it is a great privilege to be appointed Principal. The opportunity to meet and work with the students, staff, and parents of the College is something I am very much looking forward to" says Mr. Coombe.

The Board of Trustees wishes to take this opportunity again to thank Mr. Peter Ackers for his valued stewardship and enormous contribution he has made to College life. Peter will remain Huanui College Principal until the end of the 2018 school year.

Upcoming events


  • 15 October – Powhiri to welcome new Principal Mr. Philip Coombe at 1:30 pm.  All welcome. Families welcome to stay for afternoon tea afterward.
  • 15 October – Friends & Family meeting 7 pm, Northland Club (all welcome) – new date
  • 16 October – 5.30 pm – Year 9 Golf Fun-raiser meeting – 14 Hannah Street (information has been emailed home and is available on the Huanui College Rarotonga 2019 Facebook page.
  • 25 October – NSSSA Sports Awards
  • 27 October – Year 7 & 8 Trade Fair @ Huanui College 10 am – 12 pm – please bring your families and friends
  • 4 November – Huanui Ambrose “Luau on The Links” Golf Fun Raising Tournament (more information below)
  • 7 November – Huanui College Sports Awards 2018 – information below
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Huanui College is enrolling now for Years 7-13 in 2019

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