Howick College

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Howick College
Howick College logo.jpg
Sandspit Road
Cockle Bay
Auckland 2014
New Zealand
Coordinates36°54′26″S 174°56′20″E / 36.9071°S 174.9389°E / -36.9071; 174.9389Coordinates: 36°54′26″S 174°56′20″E / 36.9071°S 174.9389°E / -36.9071; 174.9389
Funding typeState
MottoInspiring a community of passionate learners. Whakamanawahia tētehi hapori o ngā ākonga hihiri [3]
Ministry of Education Institution no.87
PrincipalIva Ropati
Years offered9–13
School roll2132[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile8Pv[2]

Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school located in the eastern Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Cockle Bay. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school has a roll of 2132 students as of August 2018.[1]


Howick College was established in 1974 to serve the Howick area of eastern Auckland.[4] The school was built to the "S68" design, characterised by single-storey classroom blocks with reinforced masonry walls, low-pitched roofs, internal open courtyards and protruding clerestory windows.[5]

The school abolished corporal punishment of students before it even opened, becoming one of the first schools in New Zealand to do so. Corporal punishment was abolished nationwide sixteen years later, in July 1990.[6]


At the August 2012 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, Howick College had 1806 students enrolled, including 48 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 52% male and 48% female; and its ethnic composition was 47% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 14% Other European, 13% Māori, 8% Asian, 5% Pacific Islanders, 6% Indian, and 6% Other.[7]

House system[edit]

Howick College has six school houses:[8]

Bacot Named after John Thomas Watson Bacot, a surgeon who came out to the Howick area with the Fencibles.
Bell Named after the building Bell House situated at the Howick Colonial Village.
Ingham Named after the first principal of Howick College, Mr Don Ingham.
Irvine Named after one of the early English settlers, Captain John Irvine.
MacDonald Named after Captain Alexander MacDonald, who was voted into the position of Warden of Howick.
Minerva Named after the one of the first ship "Minerva" which transported the first settlers and Fencibles to Howick in 1847.

Notable alumni[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

In the bro'Town première episode "The Weakest Link" (2004), one of the schools competing in the high school quiz challenge is named "Howick Beijing College", a reference to the Howick area's large Chinese migrant population.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Howick College". Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Howick College Charter 2013–15" (PDF). Howick College Board of Trustees. Retrieved 28 August 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Catalogue of Standard School Building Types" (PDF). Christchurch: Ministry of Education. August 2013. pp. 43–46.
  6. ^ "College votes to ban corporal punishment". Howick and Pakuranga Times. 19 October 1987. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Howick College Education Review" (PDF). Education Review Office. October 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Houses". Howick College. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Anthony Gelling". Auckland Secondary Schools' Track and Field Qualifying Days 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  10. ^ Johannsen, Dana (23 April 2014). "Youngsters the fresh face of bowls". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. ^ Gray, Wynne (26 March 2010). "McCartney the latest hooker on Blues bench". The New Zealand Herald. 'NZME. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Tom McCartney set to bring up the 50". Blues. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  13. ^ Leggat, Daniel. "McClenaghan makes up for lost time". The New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  14. ^ Rawlinson, Jon. "A place for pace in England". Howick and Pakuranga Times. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  15. ^ "bro'Town - The Weakest Link". NZ on Screen. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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