Aorere College

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Aorere College
Aorere College logo.png
Portage Road

Auckland, 2025
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°58′55″S 174°50′00″E / 36.982°S 174.8334°E / -36.982; 174.8334Coordinates: 36°58′55″S 174°50′00″E / 36.982°S 174.8334°E / -36.982; 174.8334
Type State secondary, day
Motto Virtus Caelum Recludit
(Character opens the way to the heavens)
Established 1964
Ministry of Education Institution no. 96
Principal Greg Pierce
Years 913
Gender Co-educational
School roll 1564[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 2D[2]

Aorere College is a co-educational state secondary school (years 9–13) that was established in 1964 in Papatoetoe, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. The current principal of the college is Greg Pierce. As of July 2017, there are approximately 1564 students enrolled.[1]


Aorere College was founded in 1964 as Papatoetoe West Post Primary School to serve the Auckland districts of Māngere East and Papatoetoe West. The founding principal Mr Charles Herbert decided on a new name and the school was renamed Aorere College in 1965. The new name is a portmanteau of the Māori words Ao (clouds or sky) and Rere (to fly), indicating the school's vision for its students to "to rise up and climb to the greatest heights in every aspect of their learning and achievements".[3]


Due to the rapid increase in student population over the past couple of years the school has had to construct new buildings to accommodate all the students attending Aorere.

On-going renovations and upkeep to school buildings and infrastructure underpin the aim to provide a safe and state-of-the-art learning environment for students.

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