AOTEA College

Aotea College is a co-educational, state secondary school for Years 9-13.

Aotea College is in Porirua, New Zealand - just 20 minutes from the capital city. The Principal of Aotea College is Kate Gainsford.

Aotea College enrolments are controlled by an enrolment zone. Click here for enrolment information.

Our Mission:

To enable holistic achievement and prepare young people as life-long learners, to thrive in diverse, local, national and global communities.

Our Vision

1. Learners and learning are at the centre of a culture of respect and manaakitanga

2. We work collaboratively to achieve excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

3. We grow learning partnerships with whanau and the wider community to support strong learning pathways

4. Potential for the growth, learning and development of all students is understood to be fundamental in achieving success across the curriculum and in qualifications.

Student Testimonial Gallery

There’s so many different kinds of people here and lots of different things to learn about them.

Year 13 - 2016

I love having the opportunity to make things happen and being part of making college a positive environment for students.

New Zealand

I really love studying Drama. You get to express yourself, it doesn’t matter how you look or act, because it’s a safe place. Our teacher is really fun, and always helps us to be ourselves.

New Zealand

It’s been awesome to get the opportunity to do Gateway.  I get to try out working in the job I want to do in the real world, and get the experience before I go on to more study.

New Zealand

I’m loving studying arts and humanities at Aotea College. I started taking Music in Year 10, and then it just kind of grew from there. Now I’m taking Art, Classics, Music, History and Visual Media and I love it.


You get a lot of opportunities, help and support. We have awesome teachers who are there for you.


If you want to study what you want to do in your future, there’s lots of option subjects, it really caters to what you want to do.


New Building Project

The Gymnasium and current Auditorium Te Manawa are available for community hire. Please contact:

Here is a link to the hire request forms

Where are we?

Aotea College, the largest state secondary school in Porirua city is located on a hill, overlooking the beautiful Porirua harbour and is set in 14 hectares of grounds including rugby and football fields and tennis and netball courts.

Porirua city is situated 25 minutes from the capital city, Wellington. There are three university campuses and a wide variety of other tertiary institutions within close proximity to the college.