Aranui High School

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Aranui High School
Shortland Street,
Coordinates 43°30′58.06″S 172°41′44.29″E / 43.5161278°S 172.6956361°E / -43.5161278; 172.6956361Coordinates: 43°30′58.06″S 172°41′44.29″E / 43.5161278°S 172.6956361°E / -43.5161278; 172.6956361
Type State, Co-educational, Secondary
Established 1960
Ministry of Education Institution no. 323
Principal Mr John Rohs
School roll 390[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 2D[2]

Aranui High School is a large secondary school for Years 9-13, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Aranui high school takes its name from the suburb of Aranui, meaning Big Water in Maori translation. Aranui high school is a coeducational alternative to other secondary schools in Eastern Christchurch such as Linwood College and Mairehau high school.

By 2017, Aranui high school is expected to merge with Aranui, Wainoni and Avondale primary schools to form a new year 1-13 community campus which will be located at the current site of Aranui high school. Work on the community campus is expected to begin in 2015.

Aranui high school was opened in 1960.

A redevelopment of the school is occurring 2009-2011.[3] Despite its name, the school is located in the suburb of Wainoni.[4]

Brief History[edit]

Aranui high school was established in 1960, and quickly grew into one of Christchurch's largest secondary school, with a peak roll of over 1600 hundred students.

The school became a key community hub and helped to educate not only local Maori and Pacifika students, but also Pakeha and other ethnicities well beyond the Aranui community limits.

2011 earthquake[edit]

During the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on 22 February, the school suffered only moderate damage but was forced to close for nearly a month. As a result of the earthquake the school experienced a significant decline in its school role.

In 2013, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced that Aranui high school would be merged with local primary schools, including Wainoni, Aranui and Avondale Primary to form a year 1-13 community campus.

School facilities[edit]

Two gymnasiums[edit]

International student department[edit]


Seven computer rooms[edit]

Maori studies department[edit]

A careers transition center[edit]

Four science laboratories[edit]

Music, art and drama departments[edit]

Materials technology, [woodwork, technology and carving workshops.][edit]

Food and textile's technology rooms[edit]

Learning support area[edit]





Rugby League[edit]



Other Sports[edit]

The Senior student Prefect[edit]

Aranui high school, along with many other New Zealand secondary schools, once a students comes towards the end of year 12, they are eligible to apply for the position of Prefect. Perfects are appointed towards the end of year 12 and will continue to uphold their positions in year 13. Their primary goal is too represent the student voice with the school. Perfects are also expected to be heavily involved in the Aranui high school, Whare Wars events and competitions and contribute ideas designed to improve student life at Aranui high school. There are approximately 20 Perfect positions available, including the Head and deputy head boys and Girls as well as four Whare leaders, one for each Whare groups, who along with the reaming Perfects are assigned to head year 9-13 Whanau [form] classes. Perfects are personally selected by the principal of Aranui high school after applicants submit there reasons on how they would be good and suited for the job.






Notable alumni[edit]


  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. ^ "Property Development". Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Community profile Aranui/Wainoni" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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