|Churchill Street, Pahiatua,
Secondary (Year 9-15)
|Motto||Māori: Tama Tu Tama Ora
"those who strive live fully"
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||235|
|School roll||331 (February 2017)|
Tararua College opened in 1960. Like most New Zealand state secondary school opened in the 1960s, the school was built to the Nelson common design plan, characterised by two-storey H-shaped classroom blocks, of which the school has one. The regional station Tararua TV was started in 2004, in an egg-carton lined room at the school. In 2006, pupil brawls and abuse of teachers at the school was effectively stopped with the introduction of a ban on student cellphones. Later that year a student teacher was forced to resign after admitting an affair with a pupil of the school.
Notable former pupils
- Heather McRae, principal of Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland.
- Roger Sowry, government cabinet minister, former head boy
- Michael Mason, New Zealand Blackcap cricketer
- Tara Drysdale, New Zealand Blackstick
- Dame Diane Robertson, community leader
- "Senior Management Team". Retrieved 14 February 2017.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Tararua TV station widens its coverage". The Dominion Post. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2010.[dead link]
- O'Rourke, Simon (11 March 2006). "Teenage bullies hound 12-year-old to death". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- Woulfe, Catherine (14 December 2006). "Teacher admits affair with 16-year-old". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- Smith, Jacqueline (14 April 2009). "High flyer steps up to Diocesan top job". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010.