Orewa College

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Orewa College
Orewa College Logo.png
Riverside Road
Orewa 0931
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°35′34″S 174°41′24″E / 36.5929°S 174.6901°E / -36.5929; 174.6901Coordinates: 36°35′34″S 174°41′24″E / 36.5929°S 174.6901°E / -36.5929; 174.6901
Funding type State
Motto ...towards enriched and responsible citizenship.
Established 1956
Ministry of Education Institution no. 25
Principal Kate Shevland
Years offered 7–13
Gender coeducational
School roll 1939[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 9Q[2]

Orewa College is a state coeducational combined intermediate and secondary school located in Orewa, on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 1939 students from Years 7 to 13 (ages 10 to 18) attend the school as of July 2017.[1]


The school opened in 1956 as Orewa District High School, a combined primary and secondary school. In 1974, the primary school was split off and the school became Orewa College. Originally Year 9 to 13 only, Year 7 and 8 were added in 2005.[3]

2009 boiler explosion[edit]

On 24 June 2009, one of the school's coal-fired central heating boilers exploded while maintenance on the heating system was being carried out. The explosion blew the roof off the boiler house and shattered windows across the school. School caretaker Richard Nel received burns to 90 percent of his body and later died of his injuries in hospital.[4] A contractor was also critically injured, receiving severe head injuries and burns to the abdomen and legs, but survived the accident.[5]

The school's board of trustees was subsequently charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. They pleaded guilty against all charges at the court-case in April 2010,[6] and were subsequently ordered to pay reparation and court costs totalling nearly $137,000.[7]

International Students[edit]

International students make up for around 20% of the school roll.[citation needed]

Germany and Japan have ongoing exchange programmes with the college - students stay from 3 months to 3 years.

Other international students are immigrants to New Zealand and their high volume reflects that of the Northern Auckland population of high foreign immigrants, mostly from Asian countries.

Arts and events centre[edit]

Orewa College, along with the Rodney District Council decided to build a flexible, multi-use, modern auditorium and is now a valuable asset to the students and teachers of the college and the community.


Orewa College students at the 2007 ANZAC Day parade

At the July 2012 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, Orewa College had 1901 students, including 92 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 53% male and 47% female, and its ethnic composition was 68% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 15% other European, 10% Māori, 2% Pacific Islanders, 1% Asian, and 4% Other.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Orewa College". Orewa College. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Ruscoe, Kim (25 June 2009). "Death after school boiler explosion". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Grunwell, Rachel (25 July 2010). "Boilers 'time bombs' in our schools - engineer". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Orewa College pleads guilty over fatal blast". The New Zealand Herald. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "College board fined over boiler room blast". The New Zealand Herald. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Orewa College Education Review". Education Review Office. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013.