Our school

Wairarapa College is a state, co-educational school, combining tradition with innovation as it seeks to develop the full potential of each student. 

About Wairarapa College

The college has clearly defined expectations for student achievement, including academic excellence, social, physical and personal development. 

The school is set in expansive grounds with the Tararua ranges as a backdrop. The college community reflects urban and rural New Zealand in the truest sense.

 Students are encouraged to achieve to their potential in the full range of New Zealand public awards – New Zealand NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 and Scholarship – with above average rates of success being achieved. To complement these awards, students are given the opportunity to compete in the National Mathematics Competition, the ICAS English and Writing, Mathematics and Science Competitions plus a range of similar competitions in a variety of other subject areas.

Senior students from the College continue to be successful in gaining entry to their preferred University course and hostels

Staff at Wairarapa College have always shown a strong interest in and commitment to extra curricular activities and this has led to a high level of student involvement and participation. The College has, therefore, maintained an excellent reputation in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.

Special features of the College include:

  • High expectations of school LEAD values
  • The College Boarding Hostel (Poto-College House)
  • Diverse range of academic, cultural, sporting and service opportunities
  • Purpose built information technology centre
  • A school farm and a strong emphasis on Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Language Resource Department supporting students with learning needs
  • The Supported Learning Centre (Whare Āwhina) catering for students with intellectual disabilities.

School Expectations – LEAD Values 

Wairarapa College expects high standards to encourage and develop character, positive participation
and contribution within and beyond the school. 
The Wairarapa College values are demonstrated by our LEAD acronym. 
Learn with purpose – Kia tapatahi te ako 
Engage with pride – Kia whakahī te mahi tahi 
Act with respect – Kia nui te whakaute 
Dare to succeed – Kia eke ki te angitū 


  • Rise above challenges
  • Use your time wisely
  • Be motivated to reach your potential


  • Take pride in yourself and your school
  • Be proud of your achievements
  • Honour your commitments


  • Contribute positively and be inclusive
  • Be polite and treat others equally
  • Take responsibility for your actions


  • Have the courage to succeed
  • Make the most of your opportunities
  • Aim high