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Mind Lab

On the 17th of this month, our two Year 10 Robotics class experienced the best possible introduction to the course with a trip to The Mind Lab run by Unitec and located in Newmarket. The Mind Lab is a pioneer in digital and collaborative learning who are pushing education into the 21st Century by running sessions on things such as ... >>

Girls Innov8 Camp

The Girls Innov8 camp, is an inspiring camp for girls to learn and explore robotics, apps, computers, coding and also have the privilege of meeting powerful and encouraging women who have succeeded in the IT field. The three day camp was held at St Cuthbert’s school during the holidays for 15-17 year old girls. It was not only about an ... >>

Students Arrive in Hawaii

Our Hawaiian exchange students and teachers, Mrs Handjani and Mr Anderson have arrived safely and are staying with their host families in Nanakuli. More updates coming soon.

Self Win Athletics Day

Congratulations to Self Whanau who came in first place at this year's Athletics Day. Followedd by Jean Batten in second, Puketepapa in third and Manukau in fourth place.

Coaches Needed

Calling all Aorere Old Boys and Parents - Rugby training starts next week for all our school teams. We have been able to put together a very strong group of teachers to coach each team U14, U15 & 2nd XV but we desperately need some more help:   U14: Require a forwards coach U15: Require a forwards coach 2nd XV Require a backs coach   Aorere ... >>

Prefects 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Executive Prefects Team:      Salvis Laurenson, Head Boy,  Emeline Mafi, Head Girl   Manoa Taimani, Deputy Head Boy Kalolaine Latu, Deputy Head Girl Ika Marie Tu’ihalangingie, Deputy Head Girl Siaosi Alatini, Sports Captain Maria Aleni, Sports Captain   The executive team will be supported by the following students who were elected as Prefects:   Alisi Akauola, George Fuamatu, Brooke Harrison, Karishma Lal, Laelani Lilo, Abraham Moala, Heavenly-Storm Paea, ... >>

Junior Girls Volleyball Success

The Junior Girls Volleyball Team competed at the Auckland Volleyball Champs Secondary schools competition last weekend and were crowned Auckland Junior Girls Volleyball Champions. We went through the competition undefeated with only losing one set in a very tough semi-final against Mcauley High School. We would like to thank Mr Pierce for his support throughout the tournament, Miss Marumaru for ... >>


"Aorere College serves its local community very well. Students benefit from the value the school places on academic achievement and rich educational opportunities. Teachers are highly focused on improving student learning outcomes. Ongoing school improvement is guided by purposeful strategic planning and the collaborative leadership of the principal and board."   Here is Aorere College's latest ERO Report. Please download below.

Music News

Music has had some great success this term.   Emeline Mafi was interviewed for the 4:30 show to showcase not only her academic success but also her operatic gift of a voice. She led the Decibelles Choir to gain a Commended Award at the Regional Big Sing Competition. They also were awarded the Leo Pasifika award (given  by Pene and ... >>

New Era Case Study

The link below is to New Era's case study of Aorere College's Digital Journey to date. New Era is the College's ICT Services Provider.

Aorere College empowers through modern learning

It is Aorere College’s goal to produce young adults who are adaptable, competent and confident on a local, national and global scale. The South Auckland school plans to do this through establishing a world-class modern learning environment by 2018. Deputy principal and lead person on Aorere Digital, Stuart Kelly believes this is achievable, and the school are edging ... >>

1st XV – Assistant Coach – Backs Specialist

Aorere College is seeking candidates for the Assistant Coach (Backs) role with it’s   1st XV.   Winning the Auckland Secondary Schools B Grade in 2014 saw the school promoted to the Auckland 1A competition this year. A successful year has seen the side maintain its status in the 1A competition for 2016. With a young side in 2015, it promises to be an exciting year in 2016. This post requires a significant time commitment and remuneration will be in line with the successful applicants experience.   For more details or to apply for this exciting opportunity please send a full Coaching CV and letter of application to:   Graeme Phillips Director of Rugby / 09 2785608 (805)   Or   Greg Pierce Principal / 09 2785608

Aorere siblings are dynamic duo

Never a dull moment for brother and sister where sporting variety is spice of life. Full story here: Courtesy of the New Zealand Herald

GenX 2nd Place Winners

Congratulations to Aorere’s GenX team for winning second place at GenX Unleashed 2015! Well done! Watch the performance here:  

Aorere Digital Update

Monday 3rd August 2015 Aorere College would like to make the following announcement: All students in 2016 are expected to have their own digital device for educational purposes. Aorere encourages students and parents to consider purchasing a Chromebook computer from our recommended suppliers. Our school has been able to obtain very low prices, fair payment arrangements and excellent after sales support. All ... >>

The Premiere

Prepare yourself for a unique experience as you see films come to life right before your eyes in a live cinema extravaganza as we premiere a showcase of short films made by the Aorere Film Academy students. An unforgettable evening filled with dance, drama and musical performances.  Come and support our students from Aorere. Refreshments will be available for sale. The following short ... >>


If you are unable to get along to the school to watch the match, you can do so live at   The match will also be screened on Maori TV on Sunday afternoon and the live stream coverage will be kept on line for viewers’ convenience.

Aorere Digital Update

 All parents and students now have anywhere, anytime access to the Aorere College Kamar portal ( via any internet capable device.    Parents who attended the Term 2 Academic Conferences will have received their portal logon information. Any parents who have not received this information can contact their child’s academic mentor or the school office.   What can I see via the portal? - Student ... >>

Film Academy Second Place in Rialto 48 Auckland Heats

 A Huge Congratulations to the Rockumentary group from Aorere Film Academy for winning second place at the Rialto 48 Hours Film Competition Auckland Heats last week. Well Done to all the members: Arif Adib Lukman (Cinematographer, Editor) Shakti Gautam (Producer) Brooke Harrison (Writer, Actor) Fadhilla Hasan (Writer) Taupo Latham (Actor) ... >>

1st XV Rugby Promotion to 1A Grade

After winning the 1B grade competition Aorere 1st XV played a promotion relegation match against Papatoetoe High School coming out with a 31-14 win.   This win was significant in that the school has won back the Jubilee Trophy from Papatoetoe High School and also gained promotion to the 1A grade.    Watch the highlights here:    Coaches are still required for junior teams. ... >>

Cooking Competition

On Saturday 28th March Aorere College culinary team, Amanda Chen (12MU) and Yashneil Kumar (11AE) participated at 2015 Naturally Grown Foods of New Zealand Secondary School Cooking Competition. Their entry was Venison a la natural. They prepared over six weeks practicing , performed well organised as a team, appeared very confident and won eventually 2nd ... >>

GEO201 Trip to Tongariro National Park

Geography 201 have recently arrived back in Auckland after a four day field trip to the stunning Tongariro National Park. The main reason for the trip was to conduct geographic research – an internal assessment worth 5 credits. The trip involved much more than an assessment however, with the opportunity to explore such a unique landscape fully taken advantage of. ... >>

Aorere Polyfest Videos Now Online

 Check out all the Aorere performance from the ASB Polyfest 2015. Online now at our Official YouTube Channel:

Trees for Survival

“Trees for Survival” is an education program focusing on young people learning about their environment through the planting of native trees, with over 70,000 being planted each year. This year at Aorere College, we have two Year 9 classes (9Fi and 9Wi) involved with the program. Through participation in TFS, students not only improve the water quality and biodiversity of ... >>

Loves Me Not

On Tuesday 10th March, Year 12 were part of the “Loves Me Not” programme. A team of 20 Police officers alongside the Year 12 AMT’s delivered this programme to raise awareness about Healthy and Unhealthy relationships and making good choices. We were lucky to have Joseph Parker attend the day and support the programme. (Photo: Joseph Parker with 12FB)

Aorere Digital Update

All students now have access to the following: - Free Aorere College Wi-Fi - Unlimited Google Drive storage - The ability to use smart devices in the clasroom for educational purposes.   The school has recently had an extensive Ultrafast Broadband internet upgrade now offering potential speeds as fast as any school in the country.   A large number of staff are also undergoing extensive professional development ... >>

Counties Manukau Athletics Championship Placings

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Counties Manukau Athletics Championships: Maka Fainga’a – 1st Senior Boys 100m and 1st Senior Boys 200m Amelia Vaka – 1st Intermediate Girls Discus and 2nd Intermediate Girls Shotput Mose Senio – 1st Intermediate Boys 100m  Ana Mamea – 1st ... >>

Level 3 Graduates Assembly

Congratulations to all Level 3 Graduates who attended the Graduate Assembly last week. Graduates included, 105 achieved, 25 Merits, 5 Excellences, 4 Scholarships - including 1 outstanding scholar Dora Tafa top Samoan Scholarship student in NZ. Well done to all!

Self Win Athletics Day Yet Again

Congratulations to Self Whanau- winners of Athletics Day 2015! Followed by Puketepapa in second place, Jean batten third and Manukau fourth.

4 Scholarships from Aorere

Congratulations goes to the following students who achieved scholarship….   Dora Tafa- Samoan (No. 1 Samoan Scholarship Samoan Student in NZ) Sheela Sharma - English Yashupreet Kaur - Biology William Chao - Calculus   This is a record for AO and is a huge achievement!   Well done to everyone involved.

Aorere Digital Class Launch

Principal Greg Pierce officially launched the Aorere Digital Class 2015. Students were enthusiastic and excited to be in a new e-learning environment with their new Chromebooks. Aorere Digital's vision is to be one of New Zealand's leading e-learning schools by 2018.  To find out more about e-learning at Aorere head over to:

New Staff 2015

We are pleased to have the following new staff join our Aorere Whanau: (Left to right):    Miss Seidah Karati - Dance and Drama Ms Jane Sewell - Aorere Engagement Centre Ms Elisabeth Gordon - English Mr Albert Molia - Social Worker Mrs Chloe Innes - Science Mr Conor McAteer - Science Ms Lynn Keating - English Mr Aaron Unkovich - English Ms Nyra Marshall - Te Reo Maori Mr Fraser Wilson ... >>

New Principal - Greg Pierce

Greg Pierce has been appointed the new Principal of Aorere College by the Board of Trustees.   Mr Pierce succeeds Mr Pat Drumm who was the Principal for the previous five and a half years.  Mr Drumm has been appointed Principal of Botany Downs Secondary College.   Mr Pierce has had 24 years educational experience including recent roles in senior management at four different ... >>

Prefects Executive Team 2015

We are proud to announce the Prefects Executive Team for 2015! Congratulations to: Head Girl: Samantha Taito Head Boy: Duane Hapimana Deputy Head Girls: Neha Devi & Ashley Ha Deputy Head Boy: Dord Raroa (Photo L to R: Dord, Duane, Samantha, Neha & Ashley)

Jubilee Year Ends on a Sporting High for Aorere

Aorere College was named ‘2014 Secondary School of the Year’ at the Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence Awards held last Thursday evening. Congratulations to Tania Marumaru (Director of Sport) and all staff, students and parents who have been part of the sporting success at Aorere this year.   The awards evening also saw the following people recognised:   • Makayla Mave – Finalist 2014 Sportswoman ... >>

Senior Prizegiving 2014 Simply Amazing

Congratulations to Yashupreet Kaur who is the Dux for 2014! Well done to all Prize Winners and the Prefects for an amazing performance.  See the Prefects Performance and the Class of 2014 video here on our offical Aorere YouTube:   Check out all the photos and latest updates on our offcial Aorere Facebook here:

MIT IT Business Experience

During the October holiday some of our IT students were able to visit New Zealand’s top ranking global IT companies in their head offices in central Auckland to interview the IT executives about their career in IT. We developed our interviewing skills and got a first hand experience of how business relies on IT and the many different types of ... >>

Visual Arts News

Caleb Swan’s art work was selected to be exhibited in The Third Wallace exhibit Secondary Schools Art Awards at the end of term 3. The exhibition was held at the Wallace Trust Pah Homestead and ran from the 30 September 2014 - 12 October. This was a very big accomplishment as there was over 360 entries from all over New ... >>

Farewell Mr Drumm

Dear Community of Aorere   It is with much regret that I inform you of my intention to resign as Principal of Aorere College from the end of this year. I have accepted the position of Principal of Botany Downs Secondary College and will commence that role from the beginning of 2015.   It has been a privilege to lead and work with the ... >>

Market Day

117 Year 10 students, 27 stalls over 2000 products! Another successful Market day was held in the hall Wednesday lunchtime. A large range of products from sushi, otai, cup cakes to choc chip cookies and ice cream were sold. The students learnt a lot about working together, being organised and reliable, how to promote their product, how to ... >>

Storylines in Library

Jill Macgregor who writes information books about the Pacific Islands told our students how she researched for her writing, and how students could easily publish books this way. Cathy Mayo writes books set in Ancient Greece and shared how writing about your interests makes you a successful writer. We have all of their books in the school library.

Tongan Language Week

Aorere embraced the culture of Tonga by celebrating the official Tongan Language week. Other than the official Tongan language week theme, Aorere decided to include the ‘Four Golden Rules’ as proposed by Tonga’s great Monarch Queen Salote –Anga Faka’apa’apa (Respect), ‘Anga Fakatokilalo’ (Humility), ‘Tauhi Va’ (Maintaining Relationships) and Mamahi’I Me’a (Excellence). The week started off well with Junior Assembly having ... >>

Aorere 1B Champions

On Saturday 23 August Aorere 1st XV became the 1B Champions in the Auckland Rugby competition. The team played very well and stuck to playing typical finals rugby by taking their opportunities and defending as if their lives depended on it. Aorere played Dilworth in the final having lost to them earlier in the season 6-10. But this ... >>

Art Exhibition 2014

On Tuesday 5th August the Art Department held their Annual Art Exhibition. There were a number of works on display and our guests had high praise for all students who had entered. The winners from the exhibition are: People’s Choice award - Tevita Vikilani (13MM) “Blue Pattern” Best in Show Junior – Sheilagh Karetu-Timu (9RH) “Sundae Delight” Best in Show ... >>

Planting Native Trees

On Friday, 8th August, 27 Year 10 students from 10NS and 10DY, along with Mrs Handjani and Mr Galappaththige, arrived at Manukau Memorial Gardens to plant native trees in support of the ‘Trees for Survival’ program. “Trees for survival” is an organisation who help young kiwis take better care of our environment. The trees we planted were to stop erosion ... >>

Roots Creative Entrepreneur Programme

For the past six weeks some Aorere College students have been participating in the Roots Creative programme. They have given up their Friday nights and Saturday mornings to plan, contribute and build a number of different installations around the Otara town centre. The Roots programme is run by architect Waikare Komene and works with young people to find solutions to ... >>

12 Business Trip to Wellington

A group of Year 12 students had a two day trip to Wellington to see a variety of businesses that was arranged by the Pacifica Business Trust in Wellington and the wonderful Zechariah Reuelu! After a windy white knuckled landing it was off to see Xero the cloud based software company that is taking the world by storm, and ... >>

Trees for Survival

Aorere College has been given the opportunity to take part in an exciting new venture called ‘Trees for Survival’ program. The key objective of the program is to help replant native trees in and around New Zealand to overcome soil erosion in areas near our waterways. This program is supported by Auckland Council and other sponsors and supporting organisations. We ... >>

Lions Speech Competition

Congratulations to students who took part in the Lions Speech Competition last Sunday at the Auckland Regional Finals 2014 held at Papakura. Matthew Lealofi Malo came third and Ma’ata Tangataevaha was commended.

Aorere at Big Sing

The school’s premier boys choir ‘The Front Row’ recently competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Choral Competition. The Choir has been undergoing a renaissance under the leadership of Terence Maskell and it was fantastic to see our boys performing to a high standard throughout the week of competition. The Choir received a ‘Commended’ award which reflects the progress and success ... >>

Welcome To Our New Associate Principal

Mrs Leanne Webb has joined the Aorere staff as the new Associate Principal. Mrs Webb was ‘brought across’ from Kelston Girls College (where she was Deputy Principal) and formally welcomed into the Aorere community by powhiri. Mrs Webb is highly regarded within the wider educational community and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in curriculum and ... >>

ELS Visit to Botanic Gardens

On Wed 28 May, 18 Reception students and 4 staff visited the Botanic gardens for a study of plants. They had a guided tour which included visiting the nursery, NZ native plants, herb garden and plants you can eat. The students sampled sugar cane and feijoas (a first time for many) and identified plants and trees. They also saw how ... >>

Manu Samoa U20s

Congratulations to Aorere 1st XV Captain Ezra Meleisea who has been selected in the Manu Samoa U20 squad for the Junior World Cup which kicked off on the 2nd of June. This is a huge achievement for Ezra to be selected as an 18 year old for the U20 World Cup. Good luck Ezra we will all be watching and ... >>

Smokefree Rockquest

On Saturday May 24th two bands from our school competed in the Smokefree Rockquest at Auckland Girls Grammar. Well done to ‘Humble Soulz’ for playing to a high standard and huge congratulations to ‘Promethean’ for making it through to the regional final which is to be held at the Dream Centre in Manukau on June 27th starting at 7pm. The ... >>

Aorere MegaSchools Defending Champions

In 2012 Aorere College were the first school to ever win the Mega Schools division in the Street Dance New Zealand Hip Hop Nationals and in 2013 Aorere College returned to defend their title and were crowned MegaSchools champions for the second time. This year Aorere dancer’s felt immense pressure to produce a routine that was as ... >>

Geography Trip to Tongariro Park

Term 1 for students of Geography 201 ended on a high with a trip to Tongariro National Park. The main reason for the trip was to conduct geographic research concerning the height of vegetation we see at different altitudes which accounted for an assessment as part of the course. The trip involved much more than writing an assessment however, ... >>

Students’ Skills add Warmth and Comfort

Aorere College students have applied what they have been learning in the classroom, using their skills to create cushions and blankets they then donated to Kidz First Children’s Hospital. Head of Fabrics and Textiles Margaret Dooley said the students were delighted to again pass their work on to Kidz First at Middlemore. While students work on the projects in class, ... >>

Aorere at ANZAC Commemorations

2014 Anzac Day commemorations in Papatoetoe once again saw Aorere represented by senior school prefects. Head Boy Matthew Lealofi Malo represented the school with dignity in the remembrance ceremony with a solemn bible reading.

Business Boot Camp

During the school holidays two of our dedicated students Matthew Lealofi Malo and Ashnil Naidu attended a 5 day camp at Massey University in Albany.  The Business Boot Camp involved lectures and workshops at Massey University, visits to off-site organisations in the Auckland area such as Drake, BNZ, NZX, HP, Air NZ, Microsoft and Navicom Dynamics.   Over the five action ... >>

Girls 7s

In the last week of Term 2 our Senior Girls 7’s team travelled to College Rifles Rugby Club to take part in the Auckland Invitational 7’s tournament. With Womens 7’s now included in the Olympics, this was a great opportunity for the girls to give 7’s a go. It took a while for the girls to get used to the ... >>

1st XV Update

During the past holidays the 1st XV  toured the South Island and played in the prestigious Christchurch Boys international Tournament. Excitement was evident when the boys assembled at the airport Friday 18 April and greeted the parents with a intense and emotional haka . We were welcomed onto the Rehua Marae in Christchurch where we stayed for most of the ... >>

A Birthday to Remember!

Aorere continues to basque in the glow of a very successful weekend of Jubilee Celebrations. Hundreds of former students and staff returned to their school to enjoy the festivities, catch up with old classmates and experience something of what Aorere has become in 2014. The school put its best foot forward on Saturday afternoon as we hosted Papatoetoe High School in a Jubilee Sports Exchange. Our Alumni must have been proud to ... >>

Aorere at Polyfest 2014

AORERE COLLEGE IS BACK IN POLYFEST 2014! Here are our Performance Times: Indian: Wed 12th March (12.05pm) Maori: Wed 12th March (4.25pm) Tongan: Fri 14th March (10.50am) Cook Island: Sat 15th March (10.35am) Samoan: Sat 15th March (11.00am) Niuean: Sat 15th March (1.30pm) Come and Support Us!  

Aorere Achieves Multiple Subject Scholarships in NZQA

Two 2013 Aorere College students performed with distinction in the NZQA subject scholarship examinations. Ryan Patumaka in English and Siomia Felauai in Samoan were each awarded subject scholarships. Both these two extraordinary achievements place these students in the top 3% in their subject across New Zealand. Aorere College is immensely proud of these two exceptional scholars and we look forward ... >>

Aorere Supporters Polo for Sale

As part of the schools Jubilee celebrations we are offering a supporters Polo shirt for sale, a percentage of each shirt bought will go to supporting the fundraising efforts of the schools 1st XV for their tour to Christchurch this Easter where they have been invited to the prestigious Christchurch Boys High School Rugby Festival.   This is a one off opportunity ... >>

DUX 2013 - Shoneil Ballu

Congratulations to Shoneil Ballu who is our DUX for 2013. Proxime Accessit (Runner Up to Dux)- Ryan Patumaka Well Done to all our Prize Winners!


A large group of Year 9 students heard four amazing authors, poets and songwriters at the Storylines Festival last Friday. Apirana Taylor played Maori nose flutes and shared his own poems. Takutu Hohepa told us about how he learned Maori as an adult and now writes stories. Gavin Bishop read from his new book set in New Zealand and John ... >>

Leadership Week

At the end of Term 2, the Year 12 Leaders participated in Leadership week and the Sir Peter Blake Trust sent an inspirational Kiwi leader to inspire our Year 12 Leaders to Dare.Dream.Do. The leader who visited us was Qiujing Wong, 2012 recipient of a Blake Leader Award and the founder of Borderless, an organisation that makes documentary films for ... >>

NZ Top Engineering Scientist

On Saturday 10 August four Year 12 students participated in an annual competition called, “New Zealand’s Next Top Engineering Scientist”. It is a problem solving team event for people in Years 12-13, who are interested in Mathematics and Physics and is organised by the Department of Engineering Science at The University of Auckland. The big question for this year ... >>

Peanut Brothers N Jam

On Friday 9th August, our reggae/soul band ‘Peanut Brothers ‘n Jam’ were invited to perform at the Ateed South Auckland Business Awards. These students must be commended on not only their musical prowess but how well they conducted themselves at such a prestigious event. Members of the local business community were very impressed with the band and many ... >>

AO Technology Showcase

The Technology Achievement Showcase was a huge success as we celebrated and showcased the best work of our technology students from ICT, Food Tech, Hard Materials and Engineering. The showcase also provided an excellent opportunity for students and parents to speak to tertiary providers and HOD’s about career pathways in the in demand technologies. The hall was packed, as so ... >>

Fruit Trees for Auckland

Aorere College has been very lucky to have been given a donation of 7 fruit trees to plant in the school grounds. The Mount Eden Village People group have a plan where schools can apply for free fruit trees for their schools which would be beneficial to the pupils. Our caretaker Peter, and Margaret Dooley HOD of Hospitality and Catering ... >>