De La Salle College, Mangere East

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De La Salle College
81 Gray Avenue,
Mangere East,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°57′59″S 174°50′14″E / 36.9663°S 174.8372°E / -36.9663; 174.8372Coordinates: 36°57′59″S 174°50′14″E / 36.9663°S 174.8372°E / -36.9663; 174.8372
Type State: Integrated, Gender Single Sex-Boys School, Secondary (Year 7-13)
Motto Latin: Bonum Certamen Certa
"Fight The Good Fight of Faith"
Established 1953; 64 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 94
Principal Mr Myles Hogarty
School roll 983[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 1C[2]

De La Salle College is an integrated Catholic secondary boys' school in the south of Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 1953 by the De La Salle Brothers, it continues to educate young men in the Catholic faith and Christian values. It is one of two secondary schools established by the Brothers in New Zealand, the other being Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth. Students are encouraged to develop every aspect of their person and a strong emphasis is placed on excellence in academic study, cultural pride and sporting ability.[3] Applicants need to be willing to support the Catholic character of the College.


De La Salle College is a Lasallian educational institution, based on Christian and Catholic values. The college motto is "Fight the Good Fight of Faith". Prayer and worship are emphasised in the life of the college. The college students bear a crest on their uniform in the shape of a shield with a cross in the middle and the words 'Bonum Certamen Certa' which are the Latin words for the motto.


De La Salle College was established in 1953.

In 2008 a new gymnasium was opened, replacing the previous gym, which was opened in 1969. Guests of honour included Prime Minister Helen Clark, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Manukau Mayor Len Brown, as well as past associates with the college. The old gym has been divided into technology suites and material workshops.

In 2012, former St Peters College deputy headmaster Myles Hogarty replaced Br David Miller as principal, ending a 60-year tradition of a De La Salle Brother principalship.[4]


The house system of De La Salle College places students into one of four houses, each named after a De La Salle Brother. This system is used for events such as inter-house athletics.

De La Salle College Houses:
Benildus Named after De La Salle Brother Bénilde Romançon
Solomon Named after De La Salle Brother Blessed Solomon Leclercq
Miguel Named after De La Salle Brother Miguel Febres Cordero
Mutien Named after De La Salle Brother Mutien-Marie Wiaux


The school has taught many notable sportsmen. De La Salle has produced many great sporting talents including All Black great John Kirwan and Kiwi Rugby League player Francis Leota . In recent times the most notable is All Black Isaia Toeava, Motu Tony (NZ Warriors, Kiwi's) and Henry Fa'afili (NZ Warriors, Kiwi's and Manu Samoa), Lesley Vainikolo (Canberra Raiders, Kiwi's and England Rugby International), Junior Poluleuligaga (Waikato Chiefs, Manu Samoa), George Carmont (Newcastle Knights, Toa Samoa, Wigan Warriors), Jeff Lima (Melbourne Storm, Kiwi's) and the late Sonny Fai (NZ Warriors).

The 2008 De La Salle 1st XV have had great success, winning not only the Auckland title, but the National title. The team traveled to Japan in 2009 for further competition.[5]

Available sports[edit]

In winter, Rugby, football, and basketball are offered. In the summer, volleyball, kilikiti, waka ama, softball, and cricket are offered. New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby Champions 2008

Notable alumni[edit]


Patrick Lynch, New Zealand Catholic education administrator.



Public service[edit]

  • Len Brown - Former Mayor of Auckland, former Mayor of Manukau City (2007 - 2010)


Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]


Professional Wrestling[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ [1] Martha McKenzie-Minifie, "School's secret of success revealed: Praised by PM, De La Salle's exam results belie its low decile-status", The New Zealand Herald, 11 February 2008, p. A9.
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  5. ^ [2] Terry Maddaford, "De La Salle pip Kings for crown: Across the tracks school battle proves decile no barrier to sporting prowess", The New Zealand Herald, 13 November 2008, p. C18.
  6. ^ Tukuitonga, Colin (15 November 2012). "Story: Pacific Island health - Children and young people". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  7. ^ "Agonising loss of bright young star". Manukau Courier. 7 January 2009. 

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