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Whangaroa College

Whangaroa College provides both an excellent academic programme for students who aspire to higher learning and an exciting alternative pathway for the practical contributors of our society. At Whangaroa College we understand the importance of preparing students for the real world. This real world includes higher academic performance and embraces qualities such as respect, responsibility, commitment, and perseverance hence our core values at Whangaroa College.

About the School


Whangaroa College is a Year 7 – 13 co-educational school set in idyllic and peaceful surroundings. It sits in a valley bounded by the Kaeo River, Pohue Pa, Maungaemiemi and Taratara maunga. Ngati Kahu and Ngapuhi are tangata whenua.

The campus contains a huge number of beautifully positioned and well-tended native and exotic trees and shrubs. There are plenty of outdoor sport and recreation facilities in the college grounds.

The beautiful and tranquil Whangaroa Harbour is less than 10 km away. The East Coast offers views of the Cavalli Islands and access to the surfing and swimming beaches of Matauri Bay, Te Ngaere Bay, Wainui Bay and Tauranga Bay.

The College is well equipped to cater for academic, sporting and cultural needs. Whangaroa College is an NZQA accredited provider of both conventional and non-conventional school subjects. Its excellent computer facilities allow a range of activities from text information management to internet research. The College has a proud sporting history, especially in Netball, Volleyball, Basketball and Touch Rugby.

Our School Philosophies

A Culturally Responsive & Relational School


Over the years we have grown our knowledge and understanding of being culturally responsive to our students and have built on our relationships to raise student achievement.


All students have complexities in their education; academic issues, personal issues, whanau issues, there is always something more than just writing a story or solving a maths problem. We aim to look at the whole child through a Hauora lens, their taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, me taha tinana, and utilise strategies learnt from Te Kotahitanga and Kia Eke Panuku to help support our students into a learning pathway that is meaningful and rewarding. 


A Restorative School


We are whole-heartedly a Restorative and Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School.


Restorative approaches in schools are being sought as alternatives to more punitive disciplinary systems and procedures where often there have been little or no links between wrongdoers and those they have harmed, nor any real connections between the punishment and the actual offence. It is also about trying to help our students to grow if they make poor decisions, and reward positive behaviours.

Financial Assistance


In the past, Work and Income Support has provided assistance with the purchase of uniform and stationery at the beginning of the year. Parents should contact Work and Income Support to check their eligibility.

If parents have financial difficulty for uniform, books or other school matters please contact the Principal as there may be other community or College funds available to help support you.

A travelling allowance may be available where pupils live more than 5km from a bus stop. Please contact the office for more information.

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