Te Taitokerau Trades Academy

Te Taitokerau Trades Academy provides students with the opportunity to learn a trade while still at high school, giving them a head start towards a National Trade Certificate and their NCEA accreditation. They provide a broad range of learning opportunities for senior secondary students in interested in a trades career. Partnerships with tertiary providers ensure these qualifications are recognised in the industry.

The Academy is currently run through 11 hub schools, 20 satellite schools and 6 providers across Northland, of which, Tikipunga High School is the Lead School. All Academy providers offer their own trades programmes chosen to reflect the needs of the students and their community.

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For any queries around Te Taitokerau Trades Academy contact:

Mrs Denise Jelicich (Te Taitokerau Trades Director), email:

Mrs Janet Te Rore (Trades Academy Co-ordinator), email:

Our Trades Academies

Tikipunga High School currently offers two Trades Academy programmes in line with Vocational Pathways. Any queries, or for applications, please contact the Trades Academy Co-ordinator on 0800437329 or via email.

Creative Vocational Pathway – Maori Cultural Tourism Academy

The Maori Cultural Tourism Academy (MCT) is an intense 2 year programme designed for students looking to pursue a pathway in the Tourism and/or Performing Arts field.

Credits are accrued using a mixture of online learning, wananga and practical based projects (performing arts). The course has proved to be flexible in its structure providing a balance of high academic and project (skill) based components.

Students will gain work experience through the schools Gateway programme and have opportunities through external training providers to further skills and knowledge of the industry including courses in first aid, health & safety and cultural camps.

Whaea Ngawai Anaru (Kaiwhakahaere)

Whaea TeAomihia Taua-Glassie (Leader of Learning Te Reo Maori)

Matua Robert Mahanga (Te Reo Maori / Kapa Haka Tutor)