Our College

To maatau Kura

In 1974 the gates of Tuakau College opened. Our College has a short but proud history and a long tradition and many foundation pupils have sent their children to be educated here.

The past Principals, teachers, students, Boards of Trustees and the community have made the school what it is today – a culture where sharing, respect, caring and pride are at the forefront. An avid supporter of the College once said: ‘God gave us two ends – one to sit on and the other to think with. Heads we win, tails we lose.’ 

Tuakau College is a state, co-educational secondary school (decile 4) near the Waikato River. A Year 7 to 13 composite, rural school it serves the town of Tuakau and its surrounds – mainly market gardening and farming communities. Tuakau is 10 minutes from Pukekohe and 45 minutes from Auckland. The majority of our students come from our contributing schools of Harrisville, Tuakau, Te Kohanga, Pukekawa, Mangatawhiri, Mercer and Pokeno. 

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  • Proudly bi-cultural school, with over 40% of local students from Maori descent

  • Year 7 to 13 semi-rural school of around 600 students

  • 45 minutes from Auckland and 60 minutes to Hamilton

  • Close to a West Coast black sand surf beach and the tranquil white sandy beaches of the East Coast

  • River, sea and land based outdoor activities nearby

  • Enjoy the buoyancy of a small semi-rural community close to both Auckland city and quiet peaceful countryside

  • Culturally rich, diverse, true NZ cultural education experience

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programme

  • Gateway programme for work experience

  • Access to a range of educational programmes

  • As much choice of subjects as the bigger schools

  • Practical and intellectual curriculum experiences

Science Labs
Modern Classrooms
Hockey Turf
Sports Fields
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