Tibbs House Staff and Contact Details
Director of Boarding: Mr Frank Haszard '93
Phone: 09 623 5432
An Old Boy of Auckland Grammar School himself, Mr Haszard has taught Economics at both NCEA and Cambridge level at Grammar since 2009. He took up the role of Director of Boarding in 2021.
He has had a pastoral role as Form 7 Dean for 6 years. He has previous experience at Tibbs House having been an Associate Housemaster from 2012 to 2016.
He has significant interest in and been involved with both School Cricket and Football. He is joined at Tibbs House by his wife Eloise and children Zac and Isabelle.
Deputy Director of Boarding: Mr Bruce John
Phone: 09 623 5434
Mr John has previously been the Form 3 Dean for eight years and is now the Head of History at School.
He is also highly involved in coaching Rugby at the School and he is joined at the Hostel by his wife Katie and daughter Clara.
Form 3 Boarding Master: Mr Campbell Lowe
Phone: 09 623 5438
Mr Lowe has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 2015, after a couple of years teaching overseas and working at Burnside High School in Christchurch.
He is the Master in Charge of Rowing and Endurance Swimming and his specialist subjects are Physical Education and Geography.
Mr Lowe is also the Form 5 Associate Dean at Auckland Grammar School, and he is joined at Tibbs House by his wife Anna.
Form 4 Boarding Master: Mr Matthew Cuming
Phone: 09 623 5436
Mr Cuming began his teaching career at Rotorua Boys' High School where he was House Master at Tai Mitchell House. He then taught in London at King's College in Wimbledon before starting at Auckland Grammar School in 2018.
Mr Cuming is the Form 4 Dean, a subject specialist in Biology and coaches Rugby.
Form 5 Boarding Master: Mr Charles Laing
Phone: 09 631 0223
Mr Laing has taught at Grammar since 2008, following eight years at Avondale College and a further two years overseas.
He is currently the Head of English and during his time at Grammar, he has managed the Premier Basketball team and he has also coached Cricket.
He is joined at the Hostel by his wife Takako and son Kazuo.
Form 6 Boarding Master: Mr Thomas Horrocks
Phone: 09 623 5427
Mr Horrocks has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 2019 and he is a member of the Commerce Department, teaching Business Studies and Economics.
He is a keen sportsman and coaches Cricket and Rugby at the School.
2021 marks Mr Horrocks' first year as a Boarding Master at Tibbs House and he is joined by his wife, Anna.
Form 7 Boarding Master: Mr Simon Lassche
Phone: 09 623 5433
Mr Lassche has been a Master at Tibbs House since 1991 and he has taught at Grammar since 1987.
He teaches both Science and Chemistry to senior levels and is also a keen sportsman and very successful coach of Squash.
Mr Lassche is also a member of the Auckland Grammar School Tramping Club.
Assistant Boarding Master: Mr Daniel Reddish
Phone: 09 623 5412
Mr Reddish has been at Auckland Grammar School since 2014 working in the School's Development Office as the Advancement Manager.
Previously he was employed as a fundraiser at the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.
He has spent the last year living at the InZone Hostel as a Tutor and coaches the School's Under 15A Rugby team.
Matrons: there are three Matrons employed by Tibbs House, working in shifts, to ensure there is 24/7 care for the boarders on-site at the Hostel.
Phone: 09 623 5440 / 021 191 6631 (for emergency only)
Miss Sonia Bailey
Miss Bailey is a retired teacher after 25 years. In addition, she is an expert in the field of working with children who suffer with various disabilities.
She is a strong believer in creative expression and takes to DIY home decor projects in her down time.
Mrs Debbie Kennedy
Mrs Kennedy started at Tibbs House in 2018 and has previous experience in the field of education and, in particular, working with people with disabilities.
She is married with three children and she enjoys spending time with her family, attending her local Church and attending Zumba classes.
Mrs Ann Oliver
Mrs Oliver started at Tibbs House in 2015 and has a background in caring for groups of children and in education administration.
She is married with an adult son and daughter and enjoys pilates, live theatre and travelling.
Tutors: Tibbs House employs two Tutors to assist in the running of key areas of Hostel life. Their main areas of responsibilities are tutoring and helping to organise recreational activities.
Mr Billy Woodworth '12
Mr Woodworth attended Auckland Grammar School as a Tibbs House boarder from 2012 to 2016.
After spending 2017 at Reading School as a Gap Tutor, he returned to New Zealand to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Media at the University of Auckland.
He is an avid rugby player and coach.
Mr Caleb Wilson '14
Mr Wilson attended Auckland Grammar School as a Tibbs House boarder from 2014-2018. He is now pursuing a Bachelor of Law and Commerce at the University of Auckland.
He has a keen interest in many sports and cultural activities, but is particularly passionate about rugby and kapa haka.
Guidance Counsellor: Tibbs House has a dedicated Guidance Counsellor. During the School day he is based in the Student Services department and he is available to all boarders. He also regularly visits at Tibbs House and runs the fortnightly Form 3 Induction to Boarding course.
Mr Mika Taito
Mr Taito has been at Auckland Grammar School since 2015 having previously worked at Youth Justice Residential, with various community groups and in various secondary schools.
Whilst enjoying most sports, he has a deep passion for self-defence and mental skills preparation in sport athletes.
Mr Taito is married to Hannah and they have three children, Elliana, Tyrell and Neriah.
Duty Master's Office (for the Duty Master)
Phone: 09 623 6437 (if your son will not be returning because of illness or injury after an exeat or you cannot contact the Matron, please contact your son's Housemaster, or the Director of Boarding).
Important phone lines
Boarder (Main foyer): 09 623 5442
Chef/Kitchen: 09 623 5531
Note: please do not call on weekdays between 7pm and 8:45pm, as students are in Prep, as well as after 9:30pm.
School Finance Office - Mrs Svetlana Loukine
Phone: 09 623 5425 for matters relating to fees, please contact the School's Finance Office
Postal address: Accounts Office, Auckland Grammar School, Private Bag 99930, Newmarket, Auckland 1149
Parents' Support Committee
The Tibbs House Parents' Support Group (hereafter THPSG) is a support network for all Tibbs House parents. The group holds a meeting at the end of each holiday when students return to Tibbs House. Open to all parents, these meetings are relaxed and informative and act as a forum for discussions on all matters relating to Tibbs House.
One of the main functions of the THPSG is to provide an extra source of funding for social and/or recreational purchases that benefit all boarders. To this end, a donation of $75 per year per family is collected to be used throughout the year as the group see fit.
The objectives of the Tibbs House Parents' Support Committee are:
- To support the Director of Boarding
- To support/links parents
- To assist with communications between hostel and home
- To assist in organising social and cultural events/outings
- To maintain a contacts database of all Tibbs House families
The committee meets at 6pm in the Quiet Room prior to the start of each term, when the boys return to the hostel. All parents are most welcome to attend. An Annual General Meeting is held in October each year.
Please feel free to contact any the following people if you have any questions:
Chairperson: Mr Arjan De Wilde
Secretary: Niki Chave
Treasurer: Mrs Fiona Freeland