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|Type||State secondary, day|
|Motto||Virtus Caelum Recludit
(Character opens the way to the heavens)
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||96|
|School roll||1564 (July 2017)|
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.
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".
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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.
- Dei Hamo - hip hop artist
- Mark Hunt - 2001 World K1 Kickboxing champion and UFC fighter
- Hikule'o Malu - rugby league player
- Keven Mealamu - retired rugby union player, All Blacks and Blues
- Pene and Amitai Pati - members of the operatic pop trio Sole Mio
- Andrew John Pullan - applied mathematician
- Lorna Suafoa - ex Silver Ferns netball player
- Gary Troup - New Zealand cricket, Former deputy mayor of Manukau City
- Kalolo Tuiloma - rugby union player
- John Daly-Peoples - art critic (former art teacher)
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- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "About Us — Our Past". aorere.ac.nz.
- "Two worlds of school rugby: 20 years on, Mealamu is still an inspiration". The New Zealand Herald. 29 July 2013.
- "Young musicians in it for the love of music". The New Zealand Herald. 23 May 2015.
- "Special report: Southsiders' talent making waves in the wider world". The New Zealand Herald. 10 December 2013.