"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.


Our musicians really impressed the Highland Park Ladies Club with a special performance at their end of year meeting.

Year 12 student Samuel Chen shows off his ICAS Mathematics medal. Only 22 of these are awarded in NZ each year from Years 3 to 13. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement Samuel!

Harry Glover and his little brother Martyn are off to Fiji to compete in the Oceania Taekwondo Championships! http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/sport/86492159/east-auckland-family-share-blackbelt-successes

Many congratulations to Marie Rennie who has been awarded the 'Te Pua Wananga Ki Te Ao - Faculty of Maori & Indigenous Studies Scholarship for Academic Distinction' from The University of Waikato for 2017! This scholarship is valued at $10,000 and will help Marie with her studies in the Te Tohu Paetah programme.

Congratulations to student Amy Van Aardt who competed at the Trans Tasman Special Olympics Swimming Tournament in Hamilton. She won: Gold – 50m butterfly Silver – 200m individual medley Bronze – 100m freestyle Bronze – individual medley relay Her entry times / heat times for all days were all her personal best.

Bahahaha! Don't miss auditions for next year's production!

Former student Michael Jessup has entered a VR film for the Lighthouse Foundation Oceans & Seas category of tvebiomovies 2016. The video in each category with the most views by the 15th December wins the competition, which will go a long way toward helping him make more films like this. Let's help him win!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_1866301501&annotation_id=annotation_1866301501&feature=iv&index=18&list=PLYT7vD5He2VAqbdfTBaNrXN4NwWs6JmzL&src_vid=uFkezqtasvs&v=uF6OcrEGbB4


  • 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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