Former principal of Kawerau College and Whakatane High School, Chris Day, 61, died on Monday night after a battle with melanoma cancer.

A well known and respected man by all students, peers, and the community whom all have said nothing but great things about him.

Mr Day resigned from being the principal at Whakatane High School in 2006 and took on the role of central North Island Schools performance manager with the Ministry of education, based in Hamilton.

Mr Day leaves behind his wife, Harata, daughters Ngarimu, Wikitoria and Hinepukohurangi. His son Rikirangi died in 2006.  A service will be held for Mr Day at Te Rewarewa Marae, Ruatoki, at 11am on Friday.