Te Aute College

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Te Aute College
100 State Highway 2,
New Zealand

Coordinates 39°49′38″S 176°38′04″E / 39.8273°S 176.6345°E / -39.8273; 176.6345Coordinates: 39°49′38″S 176°38′04″E / 39.8273°S 176.6345°E / -39.8273; 176.6345
Type State Integrated, Single Sex Male, Secondary (Year 9-13) with boarding facilities
Motto Whakatangata Kia Kaha
Be Men, Be Strong
Established 1854
Ministry of Education Institution no. 232
Principal Shane Hiha
School roll 87 [73 Boarders/14 Day Students] (2012)[1]
Socio-economic decile 3[2]

Te Aute College (Māori: Te Kura o Te Aute) is a school in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. It opened in 1854 with twelve pupils under Samuel Williams, an Anglican missionary, and nephew and son-in-law of Bishop William Williams. It has a strong Māori character.

It was built on land provided by Te Whatuiapiti, a hapū of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi. In 1857, a Deed of Gift transferred the land from Te Whatuiapiti to the Crown, with a request that it be granted to the Bishop of New Zealand and his successors.

Early history[edit]

In 1859 Samuel Williams closed the school when fire destroyed school buildings. Samuel worked on establishing the financial resources to operate the school.[3] His aunt Catherine Heathcote assisted with financial support and the school re-opened in 1872.[4][5] The school gradually expanded.

In October 1877, Douglas Maclean set up the Te Makarini Trust in memory of his father, Donald McLean, who was one of the most influential figures in Māori-Pākehā relations in the mid-1800s. From the initial endowment of £3,000, Te Aute College is providing annual scholarships to gifted Māori students.[6]

Mr. John Thornton was head master of Te Aute until June 1912. He had as assistants for varying periods Messrs. Winkleman, Jardine, Webb, Cato and others. The Rev. J. A. McNickle was appointed head master on 21 October 1912, with Mr. Cato continuing as second master until June 1915. Masters during World War I included Messrs. F. W. Christian, Brandon and Bannatyne.[7]

Connection with the Young Māori Party[edit]

The Young Māori Party, established in 1909, which was dedicated to improving the position of Māori, grew out of the Te Aute Students Association, started by former students of the college in 1897. Old boys of Te Aute who were associated with the Young Māori Party include Apirana Ngata, Te Rangi Hīroa, Paraire Tomoana and Maui Pomare.

Recent history[edit]

In 1973, the college was again hit by financial difficulties, but a direct appeal for assistance to the Prime Minister, Norman Kirk, secured Te Aute's future. Traditionally a single sex male boarding school, female students from its sister school Hukarere Girls College were enrolled at the school in 1992, and in 1993, when Hukarere went into recess.[8] Te Aute officially became co-educational—but reverted to male-only when Hukarere was re-established.

Notable alumni[edit]

Others associated with the school[edit]


  1. ^ "Te Aute College Panui Term 1 2012 : Calendar of Events". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Review of Deciles - General Information - Ministry of Education". Minedu.govt.nz. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Raising the Bar – Samuel Williams and Maori Education". New Zealand Church Missionary Society. 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Harvey-Williams, Nevil (March 2011). "The Williams Family in the 18th and 19th Centuries - Part 3". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Woods, Sybil M. (1981). Samuel Williams of Te Aute. Pegasus Press. 
  6. ^ A. H. McLintock, ed. (10 November 2011). "McLEAN, Sir Donald". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Williams, Frederic Wanklyn. "Te Aute Trust Estate and College and Hukarere School (pp. 348-349)". Through Ninety Years, 1826-1916: Life and Work Among the Maoris in New Zealand: Notes of the Lives of William and William Leonard Williams, First and Third Bishops of Waiapu. Early New Zealand Books (NZETC). 
  8. ^ "Hukarere Girls School". Retrieved 17 November 2013.