Trident boasts a strong tradition in the learning and participation of Māori Performing Arts and Culture.  There is an option to participate in:


- Legends             

- Kowhaiwhai       

- Mahi-a-rēhia

- Waiata - Pōwhiri               

- Māori Performing Arts

- Whakairo           

- Manu Kōrero     

- Whaikōrero

- Mahi Whakaari  

- Mahi-Toi             

- Ngāti Awa History


Trident always has competitors in the Junior and Senior Māori, and English Manu Kōrero competition.


Our students perform with distinction and often excel at national level.



Under the guidance of Alan Spence QSM our musical groups, ensembles and soloists have built a reputation for excellence. In 2011, 2012 and 2014 at the National Jazz Festival both the “Big Band” and the “Jazz Combo” won gold as well as individuals winning the top performance awards on their respective instruments. Our Trident Big Band won the most outstanding band at the 2015 and 2016 and Gold in 2017 at the National Youth Jazz Competition held in Tauranga. 


Many Trident musicians have been selected as members of the National Secondary Schools Brass Band, the National Youth Band and in 2015 one student was selected for the National Secondary Students Choir. Together with this, a total of seven students from Trident won National titles as soloists on various instruments during 2014 and the first half of 2015. Currently, eight students are in the NZSS Brass Band and one student in the NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Students have also been successful in gaining ABRSM performance and theory grades up to grade 8.


In 2015 the school was represented in the smokefree rockquest national competition.


Free Individual instrumental tuition is available in guitar, bass guitar, voice, violin, cello, drums, woodwind and all brass instruments.


Trident offers superb facilities, and there are performance and technical opportunities at all levels. Students can participate in drama festivals, class plays, theatre sports and school wide productions. In 2014 we staged the major production “Jesus Christ Superstar”. With more than 100 students participating, this was a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved. Dance is now part of the senior curriculum with a composite class running with students studying from Level 1 to Level 3. In 2016 we staged the musical “Hairspray” and in 2018 we will be staging the musical "Dream Girls".


Quality national and overseas artists, musicians and actors perform at Trident on a regular basis. Students have opportunities to travel to view professional performances, including a 4 day trip to the bi-annual Taranaki Arts Festival, a 3 day trip to Wellington to experience the arts and senior students attend the Reader/Writer Festival in Auckland. Every year students studying Dance, Drama, Music and Performing Arts Technical have the opportunity to showcase their work to the public via performance evenings. The Drama classes prepare and present stage productions; directed and staged by the students at each level in Years 11-13.


A bi-annual talent quest is organised by staff and senior students: Trident has Talent!

Tel: 64-7-308-8159

Arawa Road, Whakatane

We are committed to our core values of 

Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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