Garin College

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Garin College
Garin College Crest.jpg
35 Champion Rd,
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°20′09″S 173°12′19″E / 41.3357°S 173.2052°E / -41.3357; 173.2052Coordinates: 41°20′09″S 173°12′19″E / 41.3357°S 173.2052°E / -41.3357; 173.2052
Type Integrated secondary (year 9-13) co-ed
Motto Small School, Big Heart
Established 2002; 15 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 6975
Principal Mr John McGuire[1]
School roll 518[2] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 8

Garin College, Nelson is an integrated, co-ed day and boarding secondary school located in Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand.The college was founded in 2002 to serve the Catholic community, especially in Nelson, Golden Bay and Marlborough.The college first opened on 28 January 2002.

The college is named after Father Antoine Marie Garin (1810–1889) who was the founding pastor of the Catholic Church in Nelson. The proprietor of the school is the Catholic Archbishop of Wellington.


Garin College has four houses. The houses all have individual names and are represented by colours. Siblings enrolled at the college are often put in the same house.

  • Aubert, Blue House
  • Barbier, Green house
  • McKillop, Yellow house
  • McAuley, Red house

Boarding hostels[edit]

The school has accommodation for up to 60 boarders in two boarding hostels, separated by gender. Francis Douglas House (male) and Mother Teresa House (female) which have been catering for students of the college since its opening in 2002.

The Garin College boarding hostels typically serve the Catholic community in the “top of the South” - the region north of a line between Westport and Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand.

Third hostel

A third hostel has been proposed, discussed and fund-raised for a number of years, but it is unlikely that it will be built in the near future, as the school is comfortably catering for its existing boarding students. The third hostel would be designed to cater for the senior students of the college, most notably students who are in years 12 and 13. It would be a co-ed hostel unlike the two existing ones.[3]


The college's haka was written and performed for the first time in 2006, four years after the school first opened. It was first unveiled to the school and spectators at the 2006 annual Te Wairua o nga Mahi Toi festival. It was the opening act on the 2006 final Mahi Toi night.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Maij, Sara (7 June 2016). "Garin College deputy principal retires after 40 year career". The Nelson Mail. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
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  4. ^ Boyce, John. "Mahi Toi Opening Address". Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

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