Heretaunga College

Heretaunga College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. The school has approximately 907 students from Years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18).

Heretaunga College
Heretaunga College crest.svg
Ward Street
Upper Hutt 5018
New Zealand
Coordinates41°07′44″S 175°03′18″E / 41.129°S 175.055°E / -41.129; 175.055Coordinates: 41°07′44″S 175°03′18″E / 41.129°S 175.055°E / -41.129; 175.055
TypeState co-educational High School
MottoKia Hiwa Ra
Ministry of Education Institution no.251
PrincipalFiona Craven
School roll907[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile6N[2]

The college grounds are a large area with primary access via Ward Street (which runs North-West to South-East) and secondary access via Blockhouse Lane and Fortune Lane. The adjacent Blockhouse is a 1860s relic of the New Zealand Wars (although it never saw action), which is currently managed by Heritage New Zealand. The adjacent Fortune Lane was one of the first residential areas in Upper Hutt, but no original buildings remain.

A long-running proposal to merge Heretaunga College with nearby Upper Hutt College and their feeder schools Fergusson Intermediate and Maidstone Intermediate which had led to a moratorium on buildings maintenance collapsed in 2007.[3] The only nearby secondary schools not included in the proposals were St. Patrick's College, Silverstream and Hutt International Boys' School.


Heretaunga offers a broad range of classes and subjects throughout all year levels. Facilities include a new art suite and technical block along with three specialist computer labs. The College also has an English Language Centre, and there is a comprehensive English as a second language programme available.


At the February 2014 Education Review Office (ERO) review, Heretaunga College had 762 students enrolled, including 39 international students. Forty-eight percent of students were male and 52 percent were female. Sixty-seven percent of students identified as New Zealand European (Pākehā), 20 percent identified as Māori, six percent as Asian, five percent as Pacific Islanders, and two percent as another ethnicity.[4]

Heretaunga College has a socio-economic decile of 6 (step N), meaning it draws its school community from areas of moderate socioeconomic disadvantage when compared to other New Zealand schools.[2]

Notable people associated with Heretaunga CollegeEdit


  • Mary Fisher (attended 2006–2010) – para-swimmer, Paralympic gold medallist (2012, 2016)[7]
  • Cory Jane (attended c. 1996–2000) – All Black (2008–)[8]
  • Sydney Josland (science teacher c. 1961–72) – bacteriologist at the Wallaceville Animal Research Centre (1929–54) and chief bacteriologist at the National Health Institute, Department of Health (1954–60)
  • Dave Rennie (attended c. 1977–81) – professional rugby coach[9]
  • Jon Stevens – singer


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Plans for 3000-pupil school scrapped". 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Heretaunga College Education Review". Education Review Office. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ "John Banks – Former MPs". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Neil Berkett - LinkedIn". Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  7. ^ "She now has London on the agenda". The Dominion Post. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ Knowler, Richard (9 July 2010). "Cory Jane finds his feet". The Press. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Back-to-back World Cups 'satisfying'". Manawatu Standard. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2014.

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