Wesley College, Auckland

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Wesley College Te Kura O Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa
State Highway 22,
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°08′56″S 174°53′23″E / 37.1488°S 174.8898°E / -37.1488; 174.8898Coordinates: 37°08′56″S 174°53′23″E / 37.1488°S 174.8898°E / -37.1488; 174.8898
Type State integrated secondary (year 9–13), 9 & 10 girls now accepted.
Motto Fide Litteris Labore
Established 1844; 174 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 104
Principal Steven Hargreaves
School roll 326[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 1C[2]

Wesley College is a secondary school in Paerata, at the northern edge of Pukekohe, Auckland Region, New Zealand. The school provides education from year 9 to 13.

The school was founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1844, making it one of the country's oldest schools.[3] Initially located in Grafton and then the Three Kings area of Auckland, it closed in 1868 before reopening in 1876 in Three Kings again. From the beginning there was an emphasis on educating Maori boys, and also played a prominent role in educating students from countries of the South Pacific. In 1924 the school was moved to its current location of Paerata, near Pukekohe. In 1985 it was one of the first boys schools in New Zealand to admit girls at the senior level.[citation needed]

Wesley also has a proud rugby tradition having been the most successful 1st XV in NZ with 5 national titles (1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2004).[citation needed] The 2001 1st XV featured All Blacks Sitiveni Sivivatu and Stephen Donald, Kiwi League rep Tame Tupou as well as Manu Samoan rep Sailosi Tagicakabau. This team went through the season unbeaten and scored the most points ever in a NZ 1st XV Final with a 53–32 win over Rotorua Boys' High School at Albany.[citation needed]

Prince Albert College[edit]

Prince Albert College in Upper Queen Street, Auckland

Wesley College was located in Upper Queen Street when it closed in 1868; the building and land was donated to the Methodist Church for education purposes. In 1895, a new school with Methodist links started in that building, known as Prince Albert College.[4] The school closed on 31 December 1906 due to financial pressures.[5] The building was later used by Auckland Girls' Grammar School.[6]


The following have been principals of the school:[4]

  • Rev. J H Simmonds 1895–1923
  • R. C. Clark, MA (Melb), Dip Ed 1924–1944
  • Rev. E. M. Marshall, BA, Dip Ed 1944–1964
  • C. A. Neate, MA, Dip Tchg 1965–1967
  • E. Te R. Tauroa, B AgricSc, Dip Ed, Dip Tchg 1968–1973 Believed to be the first Māori principal of a secondary school,[7] later Race Relations Conciliator.
  • J. B. McDougall, E.D., B Agric Sc, Dip Tchg 1974–1988
  • G. V. Cowley, MSc (Hons), Dip Tchg, JP 1989–2002
  • I. F. Faulkner, JP, MA (Hons), Dip Tchg 2003–present[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

The arts[edit]

Public service[edit]



Rugby Union
  • Uini Atonio - Counties Manukau, La Rochelle, France
  • Stephen Donald – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Counties, Waikato, Chiefs, Bath, New Zealand All Black
  • Rhys Duggan – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s Waikato, Chiefs, New Zealand All Black
  • Epalahame Faiva - Wakato, New Zealand u20s
  • Malakai Fekitoa – Auckland, Highlanders, New Zealand All Black
  • Frank Halai – Waikato, NZ Sevens, Counties Manukau, Blues, New Zealand All Black
  • Sekope Kepu – New Zealand U17's, New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Counties, NSW Waratahs, Australia – Wallabies
  • Casey Laulala – New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Counties, Caterbury, Crusaders, Cardiff Blues, New Zealand All Black
  • Nepo Laulala – Canterbury, Crusaders, New Zealand All Blacks
  • Jonah Lomu – New Zealand U16's, New Zealand U17's, New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Counties, Wellington, North Harbour, Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Cardiff Blues, NZ Sevens, New Zealand All Black
  • Tevita Mailau – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Northland, Auckland, Blues, Tonga Ikale Tahi
  • Seilala Mapusua – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Otago, Highlanders, London Irish, Kubota Spears, Manu Samoa
  • Charles Piutau – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u20s, Auckland, NZ Sevens, Blues, New Zealand All Black
  • Siale Piutau – Counties, Highlanders, Tonga Ikale Tahi
  • Augustine Pulu – Counties, Chiefs, New Zealand All Black, NZ Sevens
  • David Raikuna – Counties, North Harbour, Blues, NZ Sevens
  • Doug Rollerson – Manawatu, New Zealand All Black
  • Sitiveni Sivivatu – Counties, Waikato, Chiefs, ASM Clermont Auvergne, Pacific Islanders, New Zealand All Black
  • George Stowers – New Zealand Secondary Schools, NZ u21s, Counties, Chiefs, Ospreys, Pacific Islanders, Manu Samoa
  • Niva Ta'auso – Counties, Connacht, New Zealand Divisional XV, Junior All Blacks
  • Michael Tagicakibau – Taranaki, London Welsh, Saracens, Fiji
  • Sailosi Tagicakibau – Chiefs, London Irish, Pacific Islanders, Manu Samoa
  • Jonathan Taumateine - Counties Manukau, Manu Samoa u20s, New Zealand u20s, Chiefs
  • Ezra Taylor – Otago, Highlanders, Reds, Connacht, Manu Samoa
  • Hale T-Pole – New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand u19s, New Zealand u21s, Southland, Highlanders, Pacific Islanders, Tonga Ikale Tahi
  • Viliame Veikoso – Otago, Fiji
Rugby League

Further reading[edit]

  • Arthur, Aylesbeare; Buttle, Nora (1950). A Tale of Two Colleges (PDF). Auckland. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Shoebridge, Tim (15 November 2012). "Methodist Church – The Methodist missions". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Reflections on the history of Wesley College" (PDF). Wesley College. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Prince Albert College closed". Auckland Star. XXXVIII (4). 4 January 1907. p. 3. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Timeline of K Road". Karangahape Road Business Association. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher PRO: 1 records". aucklandcity.govt.nz. 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. FIRST MAORI PRINCIPAL of a SECONDARY SCHOOL Thought to be Mr Edward Te Rangihiwinui Tauroa of Wesley College, Paerata. 
  8. ^ Reflections on the History of Wesley College (accessed:10-06-2007)
  9. ^ "Arnold Manaaki Wilson". Arts Foundation of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  10. ^ "Baron Vaea passes away after a long life of service". Matangi Tonga. 8 June 2009. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 

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