Hato Petera College

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Hato Petera College
103 College Road,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°47′52″S 174°45′08″E / 36.7978°S 174.7523°E / -36.7978; 174.7523Coordinates: 36°47′52″S 174°45′08″E / 36.7978°S 174.7523°E / -36.7978; 174.7523
Type Integrated secondary (year 9-13); Co-Ed
Established 1928; 89 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 33
Principal John Mathews
School roll 23[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 3G[2]

Hato Petera College (formerly called St Peter's Māori College) is an integrated, boarding and day co-educational college in Northcote Central, Auckland, New Zealand for students in Year 9 to Year 13. The school has a strong Catholic and Māori character. It is located on part of the land originally given by Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, to Bishop Pompallier, first Bishop of Auckland in 1849 for education purposes. The school was established and staffed in 1928 by the Mill Hill Fathers and later the Marist Brothers provided staff.[3] Hato Petera College is the only Māori Catholic co-educational learning institute in the world.[4]

Tāhuhu kōrero (history)[edit]

The land[edit]

An area of land (9,500 acres) was purchased by Sir George Grey from " ... Ngāti Paoa and their related tribes of Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Tamatera, and Ngāti Whānaunga, Te Kawerau and Ngāti Whātua. Eruera Maihi Patuone, the Ngāpuhi chief was also concerned in the sale because his wife at that time was Riria, a member of the Hauraki tribes."[3][5] The Governor set aside 359 acres of the purchase for educational purposes and of this 250 acres ("the Roman Catholic Endowment Block") was given to Bishop Pompallier, who endeavored to carry out this intention.[3] The area which became the site of the college was an area of 32 acres. The area was partly occupied by a girls' orphanage which burnt down in 1913. A large house was also existing on the site in 1928 and this became the residence of the Mill Hill Fathers.[6]

St Peter's Catechist School[edit]

Hato Petera College (then called Saint Peter's Catechist School but officially known as St Peter's Rural Training School[7]) was founded as a school to train boys as catechists to assist Mill Hill priests in the Māori mission. The catechist tradition was created in New Zealand by Bishop Pompallier and many Māori catechists were trained at his St Mary's Seminary which began its existence near the present site of Hato Petera College.[8] The Mill Hill priests came to New Zealand in 1886 to work amongst Māori. The value of catechists was soon recognised when it became apparent that there were not enough priests to carry out this task and that their formal training was necessary.[9] The school was opened on 3 June 1928 by Bishop Cleary, the sixth Catholic Bishop of Auckland. This was with an enrolment of 13 students (Taniere Erihe, George Harris, Nahi Horomona, Akutina Karehana, Hakopa Karora, Petera Mahuta, Kamira Matini, Denis Murphy, Hare Parenara, Timoti Rewi, Gabriel Tohiraukura, Wiremu Tuiri, Kaperiere Waipouri[10]). They were taught by two Dutch priests, Fathers Edward Bruning (Pa Eruera)[11] and John Spierings (Pa Hoane)[12] and two lay teachers (Mr Calloway and Mr Priestly). The intention was to train the boys to become men of prayer to give religious instruction and to help in other religious duties. They were chosen by the priests of the mission to be given the necessary training in Catholic Doctrine. The school was to support itself from its farm as no fees were charged.[13] The first Rector was Father Bruning (1928-1929). He was succeeded by the Austrian, Father Joseph Zenna (Pa Hohepa) (1930-1933).[14] From 1933 to 1960, the Rector was the Dutchman Dean Martin Alink (Pa Matene) [15]) who himself physically constructed much of the college as well as being the superior of the Mill Hill mission in New Zealand. He remained at the college until his death in 1964.[9]

Hato Petera College[edit]

By the 1940s, it was becoming apparent that the school needed to fulfil a wider educational role for Māori youth than to be just a school for catechists.[16] In 1946 the school was registered as a secondary school.[17] The Marist Brothers, who had expressed a wish to be involved in Māori education on their own property near the school, instead agreed to provide staff for the secondary school from that year.[18] At the end of 1969 the Mill Hill Fathers withdrew from the college and its administration was in the hands of the Marist Brothers from January 1970.[19] The College changed its name from "St Peter's Māori College" to "Hato Petera College" in 1972.[7]

Integration and co-education[edit]

In 1982 the proprietor of the College (the Catholic Bishop of Auckland) signed an integration Agreement with the Minister of Education and the College entered the State education system. The College became co-educational in 1993.

Kaupapa (ethos)[edit]


Hato Petera College was established to support Maori Catholic children of modest backgrounds. A student's Māori-Catholic background, Māori socio-economic background, and "whanau connection through history to the kāinga"[20] are amongst the factors considered in accepting an enrolment. This approach is established by the integration agreement between the New Zealand Government and the Bishop of Auckland, the proprietor of the College, under the Private Schools Integration Act 1975. The enrolment of non-Catholic students at the school is limited to 10% of the total roll.[21]

Special character[edit]

The College’s special character nurtures students as Maori Catholic to live and learn the values of Jesus Christ through religious education (compulsory at all year levels) ceremonies and observances which value the College’s patron saints, Hato Petera (St Peter), Hato Hohepa (St Joseph, patron saint of the Mill Hill Fathers), Hato Maherino (St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers) and tupuna Maori (Māori ancestors).[20] The curriculum also includes "the pillars that derive from the vision" of St Marcellin and the Marist Brothers "and followers of his charism – his spirituality." These are: Presence, Simplicity, Family spirit, In the way of Mary and Love of work. They are integrated with the "core Māori values" into religious instruction, ceremonies, observances and procedures of College life. These core values are: Tapu (dignity), Mana (honour), Tika (truth), Pono (integrity) and Aroha (love).[21] As well as participation in the College's Religious Education programme, all students are required to participate in the Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga (Māori language and culture) programme.[21]

Marae, Whare Karakia and Kāinga noho[edit]

At the centre of school life are particular institutions, Te Kamaka Marae, Whare Karakia and Kāinga Noho. The school Marae, Te Kamaka Marae, has its own Kaumatua and Kuia and assists all to be immersed in Te Reo and ona Tikanga.[22] The Whare Karakia (school chapel[20]) hosts morning and evening Karakia or prayers, the Rosary and Sunday Mass to which all whanau and the local community are invited.[23] The chapel was originally built in 1957 and was opened by Archbishop Liston on 26 October of that year. It represented a considerable financial effort by the small St Peter's Maori College old boys association (as the ex-pupils association was called then) which raised £859 for the project.[24] The College's boarding facilities or Kāinga noho[20] attempt to be a "home away from home" for the students who are supported by Mātua Atawhai (kāinga parents[20]).[25]

Te Hikioi (academic mentoring)[edit]

The College assists students with Te Hikioi, a programme aimed at Year 10 to Year 13 students, which involves structured after-school sessions taking place twice a week. It pairs kura pupils with second and third year tertiary students from AUT University to encourage effective exam preparation, homework assistance and positive study habits. This mentoring is designed to encourage academic values to help students reach their tertiary, and higher education, aspirations.[26]


In 2012, the present Principal, Hone Matthews, commenced his term. In Term 2 of the same year, Rev Te Hira Paenga was welcomed to the school as the new Associate Principal. Already in place at this time were Mrs Rose Silay, as Deputy Principal and Director of Religious Observances and Shanan Halbert as Operational Manager. The Kaumatua of the school is Matua Pouro Kanara, from Motuti in the Hokianga.[citation needed]

Vocational Pathways[edit]

In 2012, the College entered into a contractual agreement to support the development of a new Health Sciences Academy, aimed at increasing the number of Maori tertiary students intending to work towards a career in health. In 2015 three other Umanga were established as part of the schools alignment to the Ministry of Education's "Vocational Pathways" kaupapa. There are currently four academies: - Te Umanga Oranga (Health and social services) - Te Aniwa Tutara, Kaiarataki/Kaiako - Te Umanga Tu Taua (Defence services) - Ngahiwi Walker, Kaiarataki - Te Umanga Business and Hospitality - Aroha Kelly, Kaiarataki - Te Umanga Hangarau. Te Hira Paenga, Kaiarataki/Kaiako.[citation needed]


The College offers a full range of sports for its students on its large 15 hectare campus and at nearby facilities.[27]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Golden Jubilee, pp. 11 and 12.
  4. ^ Te Karere 2012/2, 24 April 2012 Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Ballara, Angela. "Patuone, Eruera Maihi". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Golden Jubilee, p. 14.
  7. ^ a b Golden Jubilee, p. 7
  8. ^ Michael King, p. 73.
  9. ^ a b Golden Jubilee, p. 25 and 26.
  10. ^ Golden Jubilee, p. 20
  11. ^ Tuerlings, p. 67.
  12. ^ Tuerlings, p. 72.
  13. ^ Golden Jubilee, pp. 20-22
  14. ^ Tuerlings, p. 70.
  15. ^ Tuerlings, p. 73.
  16. ^ Golden Jubilee, pp. 46 and 47.
  17. ^ Golden Jubilee, p.p. 50-56.
  18. ^ Golden Jubilee, pp. 57-60.
  19. ^ Golden Jubilee, p. 104.
  20. ^ a b c d e "Māori Dictionary" (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  21. ^ a b c "Te Whanau o Hato Petera Trust Policies", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  22. ^ "Te Kamaka Marae", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  23. ^ "Whare Karakia", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  24. ^ "Need for Leaders Is Stressed at Maori College Ceremony". Zealandia. Auckland. 31 October 1957. p. 1. 
  25. ^ "Kainga noho", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  26. ^ "Academic Mentoring lifts achievement", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 5 December 2014)
  27. ^ "Curriculum", Hato Petera College (Retrieved 4 December 2014)
  28. ^ "Interview with Dr Lance O'Sullivan", He Manawa Tahi Koiora Tini. (Retrieved 22 April 2014)

External links[edit]


  • Pat Gallager, The Marist Brothers in New Zealand Fiji & Samoa 1876-1976, New Zealand Marist Brothers' Trust Board, Tuakau, 1976.
  • Hato Petera College (St Peter’s Maori College): golden jubilee, 1928-1978, Hato Petera College, Auckland, 1978. ("Golden Jubilee")
  • E.R. Simmons, A Brief History of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, Catholic Publication Centre, Auckland, 1978 and In Cruce Salus, A History of the Diocese of Auckland 1848 - 1980, Catholic Publication Centre, Auckland 1982.
  • Michael King, God's farthest outpost : a history of Catholics in New Zealand, Viking, Auckland 1997.
  • W. Tuerlings M.H.M, Mill Hill and Māori Mission, Mills Hill Fathers (?), Auckland (?), 2003.
  • Nicholas Reid, James Michael Liston: A Life, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2006.