Tararua College

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Tararua College
Churchill Street, Pahiatua,
New Zealand
Coordinates 40°27′22″S 175°50′02″E / 40.4560°S 175.8338°E / -40.4560; 175.8338Coordinates: 40°27′22″S 175°50′02″E / 40.4560°S 175.8338°E / -40.4560; 175.8338
Type State, Co-educational,
Secondary (Year 9-15)
Motto Māori: Tama Tu Tama Ora
"those who strive live fully"
Established 1960
Ministry of Education Institution no. 235
Principal Jon Ward[1]
School roll 331[2] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 3I[3]

Tararua College is a secondary school in Pahiatua, New Zealand, with approximately 407 students.


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.[4] In 2006, pupil brawls and abuse of teachers at the school was effectively stopped with the introduction of a ban on student cellphones.[5] Later that year a student teacher was forced to resign after admitting an affair with a pupil of the school.[6]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Senior Management Team". Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tararua TV station widens its coverage". The Dominion Post. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ O'Rourke, Simon (11 March 2006). "Teenage bullies hound 12-year-old to death". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Woulfe, Catherine (14 December 2006). "Teacher admits affair with 16-year-old". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Smith, Jacqueline (14 April 2009). "High flyer steps up to Diocesan top job". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 

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