Whakatane High School

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Whakatane High School
Whakatane High School logo.jpg
Goulstone Road
Whakatane 3120
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°57′44″S 176°59′07″E / 37.9621°S 176.9854°E / -37.9621; 176.9854Coordinates: 37°57′44″S 176°59′07″E / 37.9621°S 176.9854°E / -37.9621; 176.9854
Funding type State
Motto Kia Whakatane Ahau
Opened 1920 (As Whakatane District High School)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 144
Years offered 9–13
Gender Coeducational
Number of students 816
Hours in school day 6.5 hours (including form time)
Houses Kauri, Rimu, Totara, Matai
Colour(s)          Black, Gold
Slogan Challenging Students to Achieve
School roll 859[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 4K[2]

Whakatane High School is a secondary school located in the town of Whakatane, New Zealand. As of 2014, the school has a roll of 816 students.

Facilities and buildings[edit]

The school consists of a field, gymnasium (a separate gymnastics building operated by the local Gymnastics Club lies next to it), school & student office, Careers Centre, the Barclay Hall, a library (named in November 2011 after New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, who went to Whakatane High School for a period of time), and numerous buildings split into blocks including: N block (Mainly used for Math, and ICT), T Block (Mainly used for Technology), B Block (Mainly for English, Social Studies and related subjects), A block (Multiple subjects including Languages and Health), and C Block (Mainly for art and related subjects).


As of 2014, the school has 816 students. Of this, 52% are female, and 48% male. Also, 53% are Maori, 35% are New Zealand European and 12% are of another ethnicity. The school had 27 international students staying at the school.[3]


There are four houses in which the students are split into:

  • Matai     
  • Kauri     
  • Totara     
  • Rimu     

Each house is named after a tree that is native to New Zealand.

Notable alumni[edit]


  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. 
  3. ^ "Whakatane High School ERO Report (05/06/2014)". http://www.ero.govt.nz/. Education Review Office. Retrieved 28 July 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 341. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 

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