Orewa College

Orewa College is a state coeducational combined intermediate and secondary school located in Orewa, on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, New Zealand. A total of 1899 students from Years 7 to 13 (ages 10 to 18) attend the school as of March 2022.[1]

Orewa College
Orewa College Logo.png
Riverside Road
Orewa 0931
New Zealand
Coordinates36°35′34″S 174°41′24″E / 36.5929°S 174.6901°E / -36.5929; 174.6901Coordinates: 36°35′34″S 174°41′24″E / 36.5929°S 174.6901°E / -36.5929; 174.6901
Funding typeState
MottoTowards enriched responsible citizenship.
Ministry of Education Institution no.25
PrincipalGregory Pierce
Years offered7–13
School roll1899[1] (March 2022)
Socio-economic decile9Q[2]


The school opened in 1956 as Orewa District High School with a roll of 101 students, a combined primary and secondary school. In 1974, the primary school was split off and the school became Orewa College. Originally Year 9 to 13 only, Year 7 and 8 were added in 2005.[3]

2009 boiler explosionEdit

On 24 June 2009, one of the school's coal-fired central heating boilers exploded while maintenance on the heating system was being carried out. The explosion blew the roof off the boiler house and shattered windows across the school. School caretaker Richard Nel received burns to 90 percent of his body and later died of his injuries in hospital.[4] A contractor was also critically injured, receiving severe head injuries and burns to the abdomen and legs, but survived the accident.[5]

The school's board of trustees was subsequently charged under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. They pleaded guilty to all charges at the court-case in April 2010,[6] and were subsequently ordered to pay reparation and court costs totalling nearly $137,000.[7]

International StudentsEdit

International students make up for around 20% of the school roll.[citation needed]

Germany and Japan have ongoing exchange programmes with the college - students stay from 3 months to 3 years.

Other international students are immigrants to New Zealand and their high volume reflects that of the Northern Auckland population of high foreign immigrants, mostly from Asian countries.

Arts and Events CentreEdit

Orewa College, along with the Rodney District Council decided to build a flexible, multi-use, modern auditorium and is now a valuable asset to the students and teachers of the college and the community.

The OAEC offers several areas which can be booked for commercial or community events, and has 450sqm of flat floor space, and a seating capacity of up to 700. The Auditorium includes full audio visual facilities including 2 projectors & screens, sound system with microphone and standard lighting. Stage and special effect lighting is available when hiring school technicians. The Auditorium also includes efficient heat pump & air conditioning units.[8]


Orewa College students at the 2021 Orewa College Ball

At the December 2016 Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school, Orewa College had 1847 students, including 63 international students. The school roll's gender composition was 52% male and 48% female, and its ethnic composition was 69% New Zealand European (Pākehā), 12% Māori, 4% Asian, 3% Pacific Islanders, and 2% Other.[9]


  1. ^ a b "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "About Orewa College". Orewa College. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  4. ^ Ruscoe, Kim (25 June 2009). "Death after school boiler explosion". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ Grunwell, Rachel (25 July 2010). "Boilers 'time bombs' in our schools - engineer". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Orewa College pleads guilty over fatal blast". The New Zealand Herald. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  7. ^ "College board fined over boiler room blast". The New Zealand Herald. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Introducing The Orewa Arts & Events Centre". Orewa Arts & Events Centre. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Orewa College Education Review". Education Review Office. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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