Pompallier Catholic College

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Pompallier Catholic College
State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, New Zealand
Coordinates 35°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
Type State integrated Secondary (Year 7-13)
Motto Deligere Verum
Love the Truth[4]
Established 1971; 46 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 17
Principal Mr Richard Stanton[1]
School roll 507[2] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 7[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 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 houses are named after notable Marists (with the exception of Hobson). They are:

HOBSON Green house. Named after William Hobson

DOWLING Blue house. Named after Fr. John Dowling

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 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools
  4. ^ Pompallier website page with the motto
  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.