Kuranui College

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Kuranui College
East Street
Greytown 5712
New Zealand
Coordinates41°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
TypeState co-educational secondary school
MottoTatau Tatau
Ministry of Education Institution no.249
PrincipalGeoff Shepherd
School roll424[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile6N[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 424 students as of August 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 Geoff Shepherd, the then deputy principal, superseded Grey Tuck as principal of Kuranui in May 2008.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 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 12 February 2015.

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