Mount Maunganui College

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Mount Maunganui College
Maunganui Road
Mount Maunganui 3116
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°39′43″S 176°12′26″E / 37.6619°S 176.2071°E / -37.6619; 176.2071Coordinates: 37°39′43″S 176°12′26″E / 37.6619°S 176.2071°E / -37.6619; 176.2071
Type State, Co-educational, Secondary (Year 9-13)

Latin: Sapientia Carior Auro
"Wisdom is More Precious Than Gold"

"No Choice But Success"
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 118
Principal Russell Gordon[1]
School roll 1500[2] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 6N[3]

Mount Maunganui College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. It was established in 1958, the same year that Tauranga College was split into Tauranga Boys' College and Tauranga Girls' College. It has many classrooms, a library, two large halls, a 33-metre outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, a large sports field and several netball/tennis courts. There is also a Maori marae located on the ground. The school is currently undergoing extensive renovation and expansion in order to cater for the increasing school roll and promote a clean, corporate image. Mount Maunganui College is a popular choice for international students, particularly students from Germany, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Korea and recently, the United States. 2008 also saw the school adopt the motto of "No Choice But Success".


In the years 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013, Mount Maunganui College competed in the Auckland Stage Challenge competition and won. The 2010 performance also won National Stage Challenge competition.

In 2008 the school performed the highly popular stage musical Back to the 80's at the international standard Baycourt theatre in Tauranga, gaining much acclaim for the professional standard of acting, musical performance by the band and lighting display. The props and costumes were also highly praised, in particular a full scale yellow kit car assembled and repaired by a group of students. Also the school band, who are predominantly jazz focused, took to the task with great dedication helping to make the show a great success.


Mount Maunganui College offers a wide range of winter and summer sports, including Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Cross Country, Golf, Mountain Biking, Hockey, Rugby, Waterpolo and Table Tennis. While fostering the achievements of many higher level sports players the school places particular emphasis on involvement and participation. Highlights of the sporting calendar include the regional sporting tournament week, schoolwide running, swimming and athletics events and an annual sports exchange program with Lynfield College in Auckland.


The school is currently in the process of upgrading and replacing many of the facilities available to the students. New additions include a new canteen, art and music block and the Resource and Research Centre to replace the existing library. Current projects include the upgrading of the gymnasium and upgrading of the administration block. There are plans to upgrade the Graphics buildings. All facilities are able to be accessed by disabled persons.


Mount Maunganui College has 4 houses all named after birds

School Safety[edit]

The staff and students of Mount Maunganui College takes student, and teacher, safety seriously. Bullies can find themselves with suspension or many detentions. Anyone who participates in a fight can be expelled. The staff of the school encourage students to report any bullying, or mistreatment.

Main Road[edit]

Tauranga City Council received many complaints concerning the speed limit of the main road outside of the school. However following the death of a student crossing the road in 2008,[4] and subsequent uproar from the community and students, significant changes were made including the reduction of the speed limit from 70 to 50 km/h.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "New principal Mount Maunganui College". 26 October 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Police no closer to finding truck driver who hit girl". New Zealand Herald. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Player profile - Eddie Stokes". All Blacks and NZ Rugby. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  6. ^ Bath, Brooke (29 June 2015). "Joe's Van cruises to top spot at Smokefreerockquest". Bay of Plenty Times.