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Our motto "virtus caelum recludit" (character opens the way to the heavens)
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Aorere College is located in the southern part of Auckland close to the Auckland International Airport. Surrounded by dormant volcanoes, coastlines, mountains, lively night markets, parks and reserves. Within the upcoming Manukau area with easy access to shops, malls, cinemas, Rainbow’s End theme park, skatepark, bowling, pools, sporting activities and more.

Auckland is one of the world’s most diverse cities and the Polynesian capital. International students will gain a very unique and immersive cultural experience, learning local customs, participating in Polyfest that celebrates the many cultures of Auckland and mingling with students from different ethnic backgrounds while attaining an international qualification.

Students are the heart of our school and they continue to enjoy success across the wide range of opportunities on offer, displaying pride and commitment. Our vision is “Working closely with our community to grow high-achieving young men and women with the character, confidence and qualifications for future success.” We provide a safe and caring environment to which our students want to belong. Our motto "virtus caelum recludit" (character opens the way to the heavens), reflects the overall goal of the college in building young men and women of character, aspiring to the greatest heights in their own achievement, yet still prepared to serve the wider community. Some of our most famous Alumni include All Blacks rugby legend, Keven Mealamu, world famous musical trio, Sole Mio and University of Auckland Professor and Neuroscientist, Dr Donna Addis and the late Professor Dr Andrew Pullan.

Latest Education Review Report: “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.” - October 2015

Aorere College has a widely multicultural student population of 1550 consisting of over 25 ethnicities. Students are of mostly Polynesian origin from Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Fiji and New Zealand Maori. A small number of international students means each international student will have a unique and intimate experience with dedicated staff to guide them.

Courses and programmes

  • National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 1, 2 and 3 (O Levels and A Levels equivalent courses)
  • English Language Courses
  • Outdoor Education Programmes
  • Industry Pathways Programmes
  • Diverse Sports Programmes
  • Cultural Exchange Programmes
  • Te Reo Maori and Samoan Language Courses
  • Short Study Tours
  • China & Hawaii Cultural Exchange Programme
  • Wide range of full e-learning integrated courses and subject options
  • Variety of co-curricular programs such as Polyfest, Dance, Drama, Film Academy, Music, Poetry, Sports and much more.


Physical address
Portage Road, Papatoetoe, Manukau, Auckland

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