Pompallier Catholic College

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Pompallier Catholic College
State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, New Zealand
Coordinates35°44′46″S 174°16′35″E / 35.7462°S 174.2764°E / -35.7462; 174.2764Coordinates: 35°44′46″S 174°16′35″E / 35.7462°S 174.2764°E / -35.7462; 174.2764
TypeState integrated Secondary (Year 7-13)
MottoDeligere Verum
Love the Truth[4]
Established1971; 49 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.17
PrincipalMr Richard Stanton[1]
School roll558[2] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile7[3]

Pompallier Catholic College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school located in the suburb of Maunu in Whangarei, New Zealand. It is one of nine secondary schools within the Marist network. Pompallier Catholic College is named after Bishop Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier who led the first group of Catholic Missionaries from Lyons, France, to New Zealand. The patron saint of the college is John the Baptist. Students of Pompallier Catholic College are colloquially known as Pompallians.


Pompallier College is named after Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier who led the first group of Catholic Missionaries to New Zealand, arriving in the Hokianga with Fr Servant and Br Michel a Marist Priest and Brother in 1838. He was the first Catholic Bishop of New Zealand; Bishop Pompallier of the Diocese of Auckland.

The school was founded in 1971 after fund-raising among Northland parishes. It started as a private Boys' Boarding School owned and administered by the Society of Mary. The school became co-educational in 1977, closed the boarding facility in 1981 and in the same year became a state-integrated secondary school owned by the Diocese of Auckland and administered by a Board of Trustees. An Attached Intermediate was opened in 1995 and Form 1-7 status was achieved in 1997. It is now known as a Year 7-13 state-integrated co-educational secondary school.


In August 2012, the principal published an article opposed to Louisa Wall's Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which would legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand, in the school's newsletter.[5] A staff member was suspended, and later dismissed, for not abiding to the terms of his contract. Some students and parents also protested against the article.[6][7][8]

School Structure[edit]

The school is divided into four houses. The house patrons have been chosen by students on the basis of their connection with Te Tai Tokerau and/or the Colleges Catholic and Marist charism. They are:

TATE Green house. Named after Pa Henare Tate

AUBERT Blue house. Named after Sister Suzanne Aubert

CHAVOIN Yellow house. Named after Jeanne-Marie Chavoin

COLIN Red house. Named after Jean-Claude Colin


  1. ^ "School newsletter 10" (PDF). 3 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
  4. ^ Pompallier website page with the motto Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Pompalier Catholic College Newsletter - 24 August 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ Dinsdale, Mike (29 August 2012). "Protest over gay comments". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  7. ^ Gay marriage bill passes first vote Close Up television segment, 29 August 2012, Television New Zealand
  8. ^ Harper, Paul (21 September 2012). "Students support fired teacher". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2013.