St Joseph's Māori Girls' College

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St Joseph's Māori Girls' College
25 Osier Rd
New Zealand
Coordinates39°31′39″S 176°51′20″E / 39.5274°S 176.8556°E / -39.5274; 176.8556Coordinates: 39°31′39″S 176°51′20″E / 39.5274°S 176.8556°E / -39.5274; 176.8556
TypeIntegrated single-sex girls secondary (year 7-13)
MottoIo mahi katoa mahia – whatever you do, do to the best of your ability
Established1867; 153 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.222
School roll213[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile2F[2]

St Joseph's Māori Girls' College or Hato Hōhepa is a Catholic, integrated, boarding and day college in Taradale, New Zealand, for girls in Year 7 to Year 13. It is the largest Māori girls' boarding secondary school in New Zealand.


St Joseph's Māori Girls' College was founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. The college commenced on the property which is now Sacred Heart College, Napier when the Sisters and the Māori Missioner, Fr Reigner SM, started a little boarding school for Māori girls at first called St Joseph's Providence, which opened on 10 October 1867 with twenty pupils. The first principal was Sister Mary St John. The college usually had an enrollment of up to 60 pupils each year into the twentieth century. After the Napier earthquake of 1931 St Joseph's was rebuilt on its present site at Greenmeadows and reopened in 1935. The Sisters remained the school's proprietors. In 1982 the proprietors signed an integration Agreement with the Minister of Education and the college entered the State education system.


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  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
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  • Maria van der Linden, St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College, 1867-1990 : nga korero mo te Kura Maori o Hato Hohepa, Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1990.
  • Michael King, God's farthest outpost : a history of Catholics in New Zealand, Viking, Auckland 1997.