"A forward-thinking, future-focused school"

Pakuranga College offers not just an education but a whole new lifestyle! When you study at our College you will have opportunities to take part in a huge range of sports and cultural activities while still focusing on your academic studies. We aim to produce well-rounded global citizens!


Students on Beach


Even though we are part of the largest city in New Zealand our area is famous for its beautiful beaches and parks. You can take part in water sports, such as sailing and swimming as well as sports such as tennis, golf, football, hockey and badminton at school and at local clubs. Here you can experience New Zealand’s outdoor way of life while still having city facilities on your doorstep!


International students


We are a highly regarded and popular co-educational secondary school, with state of the art, modern facilities. Students are fully engaged in stimulating learning programmes which lead through NCEA to university study. Our students have won places at some of the best universities in New Zealand and overseas.




We are happy to help you with your application or answer any questions you may have – chat with us.


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Director of International Students.


I love working with International Students! It is exciting to see how students change from the time they arrive through to the time they leave. Students who might arrive shy and lost or who perhaps have not enjoyed school in their home country are given the chance to find out who they really are and what they want to be when they come to study with us in New Zealand.

Studying overseas gives students a chance to re-examine their lives and career goals and to take advantage of opportunities they may never have thought of before.

1996 we accepted our first 10 international students. It is amazing to see how our numbers have grown. We now have a wonderful team of staff dedicated to the needs of our international students.

I was lucky enough to be seconded to the Ministry of Education for two years working as the Senior Advisor to Schools for the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This document provides the foundation for the excellent, personalised care that New Zealand provides for International students when they study in our beautiful country.


Come by the library or student centre tomorrow at morning tea and lunch to buy some baking! All the proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the children of Syria via World Vision's 40 Hour Famine. You'll be contributing towards their education and rehabilitation, as well as providing the Syrian people with hope. All the products are 1, 2 or 3 dollars - cash only. See you there!

This Anti-Bullying Week, the Safe School Council is reminding us of the dangers of cyber bullying and the importance of treating each other with respect. Nice work guys! #bullyingfreenz

Our Amnesty International group is holding an event this week to highlight the plight of people with albinism in Malawi, who are being hunted and killed for their body parts. Show your support by participating in the photo campaign outside the Library at Thursday lunchtime.

Want an opportunity to save lives? Blood day is coming up this Friday 26th May and our Service Council is calling out to any students aged 16 or over to donate blood! Bring your friends along and sign up quick outside the library during lunchtime before Thursday! :D

NCEA INFORMATION EVENING 24th MAY 6pm COLLEGE HALL Deputy Principal, Mr Bennett, will be holding an NCEA information evening. All parents and students are welcome to attend and ask questions. For more info: https://www.pakuranga.school.nz/event/ncea-information-evening-2/

Mortaza's speech from the Race Unity Speech Awards final. Easily worth 10 minutes of your time ...

Right now there a hundreds of thousands of thousands of children, just like us, with no homes, no schools an uncertain future and shattered dreams. The 2017 40 Hour Famine is about a generation of young New Zealanders uniting: friends, classmates, families, clubs and schools, to show the world that we are standing side by side with our Brothers and Sisters in Syria. Because if not us, then who??. It's that time of year again, when Pakuranga College launches the annual 40 Hour Famine. This year at the launch of the 40 Hour Famine, students will have the chance to sign up to take part, while also having the chance to enjoy fun interactive games as well as watching live performances. All students are welcome to join us for this spectacular FUNraiser. To learn more about the 40 Hour Famine, what it's about and how to sign up, visit the website at: https://www.worldvision.org.nz/40-hour-famine

Come along to the hall this Wednesday lunchtime where our councils will be hosting an expo event - this is a great opportunity and invitiation for all students to check out what each council has to offer, as well as potentially being able to join a council yourself! Some stands may have free giveaways, so be in quick!! See you there😀


  • Felix Schmidt, Year 13, Germany

    Felix Schmidt, Year 13, Germany

    My decision to spend my year abroad at PC was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

  • Valentina Leal, Year 12, Colombia

    Valentina Leal, Year 12, Colombia

    PC is an awesome school! The people are nice and my teachers were kind and patient with me.

  • Annick Stierli, Year 13, Switzerland

    Annick Stierli, Year 13, Switzerland

    I had a wonderful time here, and the school was a big part of it. Everyone saw me as a member of the ``team`` even when I was an international student staying half a year.


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