Whangaparaoa College

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Whangaparaoa College
15 Delshaw Avenue,
Stanmore Bay,
North Shore City,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°37′54″S 174°44′44″E / 36.6317°S 174.7455°E / -36.6317; 174.7455Coordinates: 36°37′54″S 174°44′44″E / 36.6317°S 174.7455°E / -36.6317; 174.7455
Type Non-Integrated co-ed, Composite (Year 7-13)
Motto Together, Believe, Achieve (Natahi,Whakapono,Tutuki)
Established 2005
Ministry of Education Institution no. 6763
Principal James Thomas
School roll 1313[1] (July 2015)
Socio-economic decile 9Q[2]
Former names
  • Stanmore Bay Secondary School
  • Hibiscus Coast Intermediate School

Whangaparaoa College, previously called Hibiscus Coast Intermediate School and originally called Stanmore Bay Secondary School,[3] opened officially in 2005 as the result of a merger with the Hibiscus Coast Intermediate.[4] The founding principal was Brian O'Connell, who served until 2012.[5] James Thomas took over the principal role in 2012, succeeding O'Connell. [6]

The school is in a high socio-economic area (high decile number), and has tight zoning rules where students must live to attend the school. This method prevents overcrowding in a most desirable school.

Being a new school, the facilities and technology used are leaders in the New Zealand education system, positioned on an environmentally aware site. 2006 saw the rise of two new high decile schools in Metropolitan Auckland, Whangaparaoa College and Botany Downs Secondary School.

Located in Stanmore Bay, in Metropolitan Auckland's Rodney District, the school is one of the leaders in the country (recognised by the Ministry of Education) The school has had its first ERO report which commented on the high standard of educational delivery and the very good management of learner behaviour. The school is athletically involved within the North Shore City under the 'North Harbour' Region meaning its competition in this region is amongst the best in the country.

To prevent 'zone cheats' the college used the 'ballot method' for its foundation year, under the supervision of the New Zealand Police.

Contributing Schools in the Home Zone:

Note: Attendance at a contributing school 'in zone' does not give automatic entry into Stanmore Bay Secondary School (Whangaparaoa College)

  • Stanmore Bay Primary School
  • Whangaparaoa Primary School
  • Gulf Harbour School
  • Red Beach Primary School


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "New schools opened between January 2005 and December 2005". Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Education Review Report: Whangaparaoa College". Education Review Office. July 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Ong, Michelle (24 February 2012). "Principal heads to Sydney". North Harbour News. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Principal's message". Retrieved 2 December 2012.