Turakina Maori Girls' College

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Turakina Māori Girls' College
Henderson's Line
Marton 4710
New Zealand
Funding type State-integrated
Denomination Presbyterian
Ministry of Education Institution no. 194
Years offered 9–13
Gender Girls
School roll 70[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 3I[2]

Turakina Māori Girls' College is a Presbyterian boarding school for young Māori women. The school was originally founded in Turakina, in 1905, by A. G. Hamilton.[3] It was relocated to Marton in 1927,[4] but retained its previous name. The Hamilton Memorial Library of the college was dedicated to its founder in 1939.[3]

At the time Māori girls' colleges such as this one were founded, the New Zealand government had no state colleges for Māori girls, but rather funded the education of girls selected as the best from their village schools at denominational schools such as the one at Turakina. At the colleges, they learned domestic skills with the object of turning them into "good women, good wives and good mothers".[5] As of 1931, 45 students were in residence at the school.[6]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Memorial Library", The Evening Post (New Zealand), March 11, 1939 .
  4. ^ "Maori Girls' College", The Evening Post (New Zealand), October 28, 1927 .
  5. ^ "No State College", Auckland Star, March 5, 1909 .
  6. ^ "General Assembly", The Evening Post (New Zealand), June 9, 1931 .

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