Aotea College

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Aotea College
Aotea College Logo004.png
Okowai Road
Porirua 5024
New Zealand
Coordinates41°07′31″S 174°51′17″E / 41.1254°S 174.8547°E / -41.1254; 174.8547Coordinates: 41°07′31″S 174°51′17″E / 41.1254°S 174.8547°E / -41.1254; 174.8547
Funding typeState
Ministry of Education Institution no.253
PrincipalKate Gainsford
Years offered9–13
School roll945[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile5M[2]

Aotea College is a state co-educational secondary school located in Porirua, New Zealand. Founded in 1978, the school serves students for Year 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18) across the northern suburbs of Porirua.


At the September 2013 Education Review Office (ERO) review, Aotea College had 936 students enrolled, including seven international students. Forty-seven percent of students were male and 53 percent were female. Thirty-seven percent of students identified as New Zealand European (Pākehā), 28 percent identified as Māori, 26 percent as Pacific Islanders, seven percent as Asian, and two percent as another ethnicity.[3]

Aotea College has a socio-economic decile of 5 (step M), meaning it draws its school community from areas of moderate socioeconomic status when compared to other New Zealand schools.[2]


In late 2015, it was announced that Aotea College would receive $24 million from the New Zealand Ministry of Education to fund an upgrade of the school's ageing facilities. Work was scheduled to begin in early 2017, which would see the construction of new flexible learning spaces with high standards of heating and lighting. Such an upgrade was warranted after recent storms and decades of deterioration had led to an estimated half of the college's buildings becoming leaky.[4] Furthermore, the Te Manawa building was closed in 2015 due to the presence of black mould.

Sport and cultural activities[edit]

Sport and cultural activities are a major part of Aotea College. Students are encouraged to take at least one winter sport and summer sport. Aotea College competes in the New Zealand National Secondary Schools Barbershop competition - in 2008,2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 the girls' chorus won first place in both the regional and the national competition in Wellington.

Notable ex-students[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Aotea College Education Review". Education Review Office. 4 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Aotea College to undergo $24m redevelopment". Stuff. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

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