Kuranui College

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Kuranui College
East Street
Greytown 5712
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°05′30″S 175°27′00″E / 41.091619°S 175.450083°E / -41.091619; 175.450083Coordinates: 41°05′30″S 175°27′00″E / 41.091619°S 175.450083°E / -41.091619; 175.450083
Type State co-educational secondary school
Motto Tatau Tatau
Established 1960
Ministry of Education Institution no. 249
Principal Geoff Shepherd
School roll 439[1] (February 2018)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

Kuranui College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Greytown, New Zealand. The college opened in February 1960 to replace the three district high schools in Greytown, Featherston, and Martinborough. Serving Years 9 to 13, the college has a roll of 439 students as of February 2018.[1]

The name Kuranui in the Maori language means "'large school" (kura = school of education + nui = big, large), describing the aspect it was formed from three former high schools, and also being a secondary school ("bigger" than a primary school.). Like many secondary schools in New Zealand of the era, Kuranui was built to the Nelson plan, based on two-storey H-shaped "Nelson blocks", of which three were built at Kuranui and two of which still stand (the third was demolished in 2010).

The school has had four principals - O. Sam Meads (1960–); Peter Werry; Joye Halford; and R. Grey Tuck (1998–2008). Geoff Shepherd, the then deputy principal, superseded Grey Tuck as principal of Kuranui in May 2008.


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 14 March 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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