New deputy principal starts
Former Horowhenua local Gilbert Hokianga is returning to the district as the new deputy principal of Manawatu¯ College. He replaces a former classmate, the late Steve Parrant, who passed away suddenly last term. Gilbert and Steve were in many classes together during their time at Horowhenua College.
Gilbert is currently a senior manager at Whanganui Collegiate, and he will take up his new position at the start of the 2019 school year. His career in teaching and school leadership spans 10 years, and follows an earlier career in the Information Technology industry.