Taieri College

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Taieri College
3 Green St,
Mosgiel 9024
New Zealand
Coordinates 45°52′33″S 170°21′07″E / 45.875818°S 170.352083°E / -45.875818; 170.352083Coordinates: 45°52′33″S 170°21′07″E / 45.875818°S 170.352083°E / -45.875818; 170.352083
Type Co-ed state secondary, year 7-13
Motto "Transforming student's lives"
Established 2004
Ministry of Education Institution no. 495
Principal David Hunter
School roll 1037[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 7O[2]

Taieri College, formerly called The Taieri High School and, prior to 1956, the Mosgiel District High School, is a co-educational state school in Mosgiel, Dunedin, New Zealand.

In 2003 a review of the schools on the Taieri Plains by the New Zealand Ministry of Education proposed that the high school would merge with Mosgiel Intermediate School (est. 1973) to become Taieri College from 2004. Because of this merger, ready-made classrooms were built for the intermediate students, as well as a second technology block. The roll expanded to over 800 in its first year, compared with the former high school's number of under 650 students.


In 2005 it was announced that more classrooms were to be built as well as refurbishment of present classroom blocks. In 2006 the roll exceeded 1000, making it one of Otago's largest schools. Zoning has been proposed to cap or maintain future numbers, as classroom space is becoming limited, even though a new two-storey classroom block, G block, has been completed.

Famous alumni[edit]

  • Geoff Bascand - Deputy Governor and Head of Operations at the Reserve Bank of NZ 2013 -
  • Ian Foster - Assistant All Black Coach World Cup Winner 2015
  • Adam Hall (alpine skier) - Winter Paralympic gold medalist 2010
  • Steve Hansen (CNZM) - All Black Head Coach 2012 - World Cup Winner 2015
  • Colin James - political journalist
  • Peter Johnstone - All Black, 1949 -51. Undefeated as NZ Captain. Taieri Club ground is named after him
  • Michael McGarry - All White. Capped 54 times. 12 Goals. 1986 - 1997
  • Barry Milburn - NZ Test Cricket Wicketkeeper 1969. 3 Caps
  • Dean O'Brien aka "Mr Yipadee" - Children's entertainer, author and musician. Number one in the best seller charts in United Kingdom and New Zealand.
  • Bob Reid - Drummer with band, The Knobz.
  • Janine Southby (nee Brown)- Head coach of the Silver Ferns, New Zealand's national Netball team.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.