The four pastoral houses are key groups in our school, each house overseen by a Dean. The house class structure is vertical, based around the tuakana-teina model where our older students provide active support for and build relationships with the newer students.
Mā te tuakana te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika
(The older will lead the younger and the younger will lead the older)


The roots of our current house names hearken back to a different time (See House History below) where notable British people or places were often used as a model for naming, cities, towns, streets, etc. However, as we approach the 100th Anniversary of Buller High School (on site in Derby Street) we reflect on this past history, look ahead to the future and believe now is the time for change. Now is the time to establish house names that better reflect the values of the school, which have a closer connection to the people, places and history of this region and which acknowledge bi-cultural partnership. As a school we will be engaging in a process of change beginning with our Māori community. This process will also include consultation with staff, students, school whānau (past and present) and the Board of Trustees.

The House History Grey

This house is named after Sir George Grey. Sir George Grey was New Zealand’s most complex governor. Born in 1812, he was trained in the military and served as a junior officer in Ireland, an experience that shaped his political views. In 1845 Grey was appointed governor of New Zealand. More information about Sir George Grey can be found at this link here.


This house is named after Samuel Marsden. The Reverend Samuel Marsden, Chaplain to New South Wales, (1765-1838) was the driving force behind the establishment of Anglican mission stations in New Zealand in the early nineteenth century. He was born in England and based in New South Wales, and he was a member of the Church Missionary Society (CMS). His work and that of his missionaries helped build up a relationship of trust with Maori chiefs, paving the way for the acceptance of an official Crown presence in New Zealand. More information about this leader can be found here.


This house is named after Sir Richard Seddon. Richard Seddon’s nickname, ‘King Dick’, says it all. Our longest-serving and most famous leader not only led the government, many argued he was the government. For 13 years he completely dominated politics. For more information click here.


This house is named after Antony Wilding. Anthony Wilding was a champion Tennis player from Christchurch, New Zealand and a soldier killed in action during World War 1. He was the son of wealthy English immigrants to New Zealand and enjoyed the use of private tennis courts at their homes. He obtained a legal education and joined his father’s law firm. He was a cricketer and a keen motorcycle enthusiast. His tennis career started with him winning the Canterbury Championships aged 18. He developed into a leading tennis player in the world from 1909–to 1914 and is considered to be a former World number one. For more information click on the link here.

House Teachers/Deans 2022


Mr Hausmann (Hm)

Gavin Housmann (1)

Mr Collins
(Grey CL)
Miss Blackwood
(Grey BL)
Gym 2

Miss Lord
(Grey LD)
Ms Szybowski
(Grey SB)


Mrs Comeskey

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Mr Burns
(Marsden BU)
Mr Rory Collins
(Marsden CS)

Mrs Mulowayi
(Marsden MU)
Mr Schofield
(Marsden SC)


Mr Weaver (Wv)

Kevin Weaver (1)

Miss Stephens
(Seddon SE)
Mr Dorey
(Seddon DY)

Ms Longbottom
(Seddon LO)
Mr Wohlers
(Seddon WH)


Ms Hollis (Hl)

Sheree Hollis-min

Mr Jeffries
(Wilding JE)
Mr Lindblom
(Wilding LN)

Miss Meynell
(Wilding ME)
Mrs Woodcock
(Wilding WO)