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The Transition Department oversees the Gateway, LinCs, STAR, Agriculture, Horticulture, Chef Training, and Tourism courses.

STAR's intention is to enable secondary schools to facilitate their students' smooth transition from schooling to further education or employment. Specifically, its objectives are to enable schools to provide or purchase tertiary courses and support students to explore pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study.


Hawera High School currently offers entry level vocational certificate pathways in Primary Industries including Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry. The Primary Industries Academy Level 1 programme is an introduction to Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry, with students then taking electives in areas of their choice at Level 2.

During these practical courses students not only gain credits towards NCEA but also towards the National Certificate in Primary Industry Qualification. There are an extensive range of industry visits relevant to each year level pathway. Students may be able to enter the programme at any year level depending on circumstances. The programme is linked with the school Gateway programme, enabling students to gain work placement experience in careers of their choice.


Year 11, 12 and 13 Chef Training courses complete work from the Hospitality Standards Institute which is the Industry Training Organisation of Hospitality in New Zealand.

Year 11 and 12 Chef Training courses offer credits that contribute towards NCEA and to the National Certificate in Hospitality - Foundation Skills. Year 13 Chef Training offers credits that contribute towards NCEA. These courses include both theory and practical assessments, and also involves work experience within the industry. 


Gateway is a work based training programme that allows students to complete vocationally designed learning programmes while still at school.

Most students are enrolled in apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship courses and do one day per week in a work placement. Students must make a commitment to keep up to date with their other school programmes. They are motivated and supported in their placement by school staff.

Gateway gives students the opportunity to trial career options and gain credits that can be used in either NCEA Certificates or National Certificates in vocational areas.


The LinCs courses are designed to provide students with learning that will equip them for the movement from school to the workplace and independent living.

Year 12 and 13 LinCs give students the opportunity to develop personal and interpersonal skills. The students complete unit standards that are directly related to achieving NCEA Level 1 and 2.


We offer a Year 12, progressing onto a Year 13 Tourism course at Hawera High School. Students will study towards a National Certificate covering various topics required for the tourism industry such as knowledge of business tourism, the needs and characteristics of tourists and a knowledge of tourist destinations.

The Tourism course also involves work experience within the industry.

Transition Department Staff
Mr Wayne Benton Head of Department 

Mr Malcolm McKercher Teacher in Charge of Horticulture 

Mr Ed Fern  

Mr Phil King  

Ms Sheryll Martin    

Mr James List