Hobsonville Point Secondary School

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Hobsonville Point Secondary School
70 Hobsonville Point Road
Auckland 0618
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°47′42″S 174°39′19″E / 36.7949°S 174.6552°E / -36.7949; 174.6552Coordinates: 36°47′42″S 174°39′19″E / 36.7949°S 174.6552°E / -36.7949; 174.6552
Funding type State (public-private partnership)
Opened 4 February 2014 (4 February 2014)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 6977
Principal Maurie Abraham
Years offered 9–13 (Year 9 & 10 only 2015)
Gender Co-educational
School roll 346[1] (March 2016)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[2]

Hobsonville Point Secondary School is a state coeducational secondary school located in the Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Hobsonville. Opened in February 2014, it is the second school in New Zealand (and first secondary school) to be built under a public-private partnership, whereby the school buildings are constructed, maintained and managed separate from the school management by a private consortium. The school currently serves Years 9 and 10 only; it will open to Year 11 students in 2016, Year 12 students in 2017, and finally Year 13 in 2018.[3][4] The school has a roll of 346 as of March 2016.[1]


The school was constructed as part of the Hobsonville Point housing development, serving the 3000 new homes being built on the former RNZAF Hobsonville Airbase and the wider Hobsonville/West Harbour area and easing roll capacity on existing nearby secondary schools.[5] The school was planned to eventually take up to 1500 students.

The public-private partnership (PPP) for the school and the nearby Hobsonville Point Primary School (the first PPP school in New Zealand) was signed in April 2012, with the 25-year contract for the design, construction, maintenance, finance and management of the school buildings being let to the Learning Infrastructure Partners consortium of ASC Architects, Perumal Pedavoli Architects, Hawkins Construction, and Programmed Facility Management.[6] At the end of the 25-year contract (i.e. in 2037), the school buildings will revert ownership to the Crown. It was estimated by the National Government that the partnership would save it $2 million over the 25-year contract. However, the partnership was criticised by the Labour Opposition in that it would cost taxpayers more than it would save, namely from the $3.5 million cost of developing the business plan and the $2.5 million cost of a "Relationships Manager" communicating between the schools' board of trustees and the private consortium over 25 years.[5]

Construction of the school started in 2012. On 6 December 2012, a tornado hit the Hobsonville area and caused several large concrete panels at the school site to topple over onto a truck, killing three construction workers sheltering in the truck's cab.[7] A memorial for the victims is located out the front of the school.

Hobsonville Point Secondary School opened for instruction for the first time on 3 February 2014, initially taking Year 9 students only. The new school buildings were not fully complete at the time, so the school was based at Hobsonville Point Primary School for the first four weeks. The school's opening roll was 125.[8]


At the school's first Education Review Office (ERO) review in June 2014, Hobsonville Point Secondary School had 124 students enrolled. Fifty-five percent of students were male and 45 percent were female. Sixty-eight percent of students identified as New Zealand European (Pākehā), 16 percent as Asian, six percent identified as Māori, four percent as Pacific Islanders, and six percent as another ethnicity.[9]

Hobsonville Point Secondary School has a socio-economic decile of 10 (step Z), meaning it draws its school community from areas of high socioeconomic status when compared to other New Zealand schools. The school was recategorised from decile 9 (step Q) in January 2015, as part of the nationwide review of deciles following the 2013 census.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 18 April 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Tolley, Anne (10 March 2011). "New School Establishment Notice". New Zealand Gazette (New Zealand Government) 2011 (26): 766. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Information". Hobsonville Point Secondary School. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "NZ's first public-private school opens". The New Zealand Herald. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Govt signs first public private partnership school contract". National Business Review. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Auckland tornado victims remembered". Fairfax Media New Zealand. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Pratt, Ciara (7 March 2013). "State-of-the-art school ready to roll". Western leader (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hobsonville Point Secondary School Special Review". Education Review Office. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 

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