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Support Over Christmas Holidays

The school Guidance Counsellors and Nurses would like to wish all our students and their families a happy and healthy holiday season.

If you need to talk to a trained counsellor over the holidays please free call or text 1737. This service, called “Need To Talk” is available 24 hours/7 days.

Youthline can be reached on free text 234 or 0800 376 633

If you need advice or information from a Registered Nurse please free call Healthline on 0800 611 116, available 24 hours.


At Orewa College we have qualified counsellors serving our school community. Ms Needham and Mr McLeay are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Ms Howson has recently joined our Guidance department as a Counselling Psychologist.

We abide by the Code of Ethics of our respective associations, which means that confidentiality is maintained unless there is an imminent risk to safety.

We are all qualified and registered teachers, with a number of years’ experience between us. We are passionate about maintaining our students’ right to free and confidential counselling and guidance. We aim to work collaboratively within our strong pastoral team to support the students as best we can when and where appropriate. We work towards reducing barriers to a student’s academic progress, as well as improving a student’s emotional wellbeing.

Common issues we are able to support students and families with include:

Abuse Anxiety Behavioural issues
Bullying and harassment Depression Drugs and alcohol
Friendships Inability to concentrate Lack of motivation
Loss and grief Low self esteem Relationships
Sexuality Stress Trauma


We are able to work alongside families towards supporting our students. We work closely with external agencies, to ensure families and students are able to access the resources available within our community. We also have a team of Youth Workers who work alongside our Guidance team.

Our Counsellors

We work hard to make our service as accessible as possible, so there are a number of ways for students to make an appointment.

  1. There is an appointment box outside the counselling offices, where students can fill out the form and post in the secure box which is checked by the counsellors regularly.
  2. Students can email any of the counsellors by simply clicking on one of the counsellors below or email us at guidance@orewacollege.nz.
  • Our offices are at the Student Centre, located via the main drive entrance (Gate 2) there is car parking available as well.
  • Guidance Department hours are 8.00am - 3.45pm

Ms Kerry-Lee Needham

Head of Guidance

Phone 09 427 3822 x244

k.needham@orewacollege.nz

Ms Kerry-Lee Needham

Head of Guidance

Ms Pip Speedy

Guidance Counsellor

Phone: 09 427 3822 x240

p.speedy@orewacollege.nz

Ms Pip Speedy

Guidance Counsellor

Ms Moira Howson

Guidance Counsellor

Phone 09 427 3833 x239

m.howson@orewacollege.nz

Ms Moira Howson

Guidance Counsellor

Mr Robbie Mcleay

Guidance Counsellor

Phone: 09 427 3833 x 240

r.mcleay@orewacollege.nz

Mr Robbie Mcleay

Guidance Counsellor