Porirua College

Whiti Te Ra - The Rising Sun

Our history

Porirua College was established in 1968 and has a great history as the co-educational, multi–cultural school which proudly and capably serves its local area and has been doing so for over 40 years. The school takes students from year 9 to years 13/14 and also has a separate adult class in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The school is located in Cannons Creek, Porirua East and we have formed successful strategic partnerships over the years with other local schools, and schools located in Auckland. We were a member of the ICAN cluster of schools.  We are currently in a cluster of local Primary schools, Brandon Intermediate and ourselves [the PEG cluster].  We are moving into a Community of Learning with the PEG cluster in 2016.

The school was built using the old S68 design which had many flaws including leaky roofs. However in March 2006 the then Honourable Minister for Education, Steve Maharey, announced that the school would be completely rebuilt and this is largely complete.

The new College buildings include four learning houses built to deliver ICT based, modern education, and specialist blocks catering for performing arts, music, technology and fine arts. It also includes a new admin/hall area and a completely refurbished library.

                                                Many thanks to Paul McCredie for use of these photos.

We have one of the first set of school buildings in New Zealand that reflect 21st century teaching and learning. These buildings were designed by an international educational planner, Fielding Nair International, and architects Opus International Consultants.

The three new learning houses are called by names that are important to Ngāti Toa Rangatira – RANGITUHI, the far-seeing mountain; KENEPURU, the life-giving stream; WHITIREIA, the navigation point and the first light of dawn.  The 4th Learning House is called TANGARE, the winding pathway.

The Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, opened the new buildings on Tuesday 23 February 2010. This is not the first time a New Zealand Governor-General has visited the school. His Excellency the Governor-General Sir Arthur Porritt opened the original Porirua College in 1968.

We are proud to identify Porirua College as a school that successfully caters for the teaching of home languages for Māori and Pasifika students. Our languages policy received a commendation from the Human Rights Commission in 2003, and the school is developing its ability to help bilingual students maintain their first language as well as learning English.