Craig Steed has been announced as the new principal of Paraparaumu College.

"Craig is joining us from term three from Freyberg High School [in Palmerston North] where he has been acting as the principal there on a regular basis," Paraparaumu College Board of Trustees chairman Geoff Bolitho said.

"Craig is an excellent fit for our college.

"He exhibits our CARE (collaborative, active learner, respectful and effective self-manager) principles.

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"We are confident that he will continue to build on our existing vision, culture and strategic plan.

"We look forward to welcoming Craig at the beginning of term three.

"During term two Sharon Gilman will be acting as the principal for our college ably assisted by our strong senior leadership team."

Gregor Fountain, who has been principal of Paraparaumu College for five years, has become principal of Wellington College, starting in term two.