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"Welcome to Tararua College"

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Click on the photo for an enlargement"At Tararua College we aim to meet the needs of all students. We encourage a caring friendly and supportive environment in which students can maximise their learning opportunities.

We think that you will enjoy being a part of our school community. We believe that Tararua College is an ideal size in that it is big enough to offer a wide range of learning opportunities yet small enough for students to be known by staff, and their needs quickly recognised.

A family atmosphere and a safe, secure environment encourage students to perform to their potential.

Whatever their abilities or interests, when students eventually leave school as young adults, we believe that we send them out confident and well prepared for the future.

To help prepare our students for adulthood we value a close relationship with parents and the community. You are welcome to visit the college and look around at any time. If there is anything you wish to know, please do not hesitate to contact the college.

We look forward to creating a successful partnership with you."

Phil McCreery

Our Mission

Promoting student fulfillment by providing opportunities for academic excellence and the widest possible personal development in a caring learning environment.

College Shield and Motto

Our Motto "Tama Tu Tama Ora", "Those who strive live fully".
This was first suggested by Colonel Arahita Awatere, the Senior District Maori Welfare Officer.
The words form part of a Maori proverb " Tama tu, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate."
The individual words of the proverb are translated thus:
Tama..... A young person
Tu ..... Striving, energetic, rising, vigorous
Ora ..... Healthy, alive, living
Noho ..... Sitting, unmoving, stagnant
Mate ..... Sick, dead, not well
Literally the whole proverb means: A young person who strives becomes a person who lives fully, whereas a young person who is lazy becomes a person who is dead in knowledge.
Our Shield shows two mountains (Tararuas), the human aspiration to reach the summit
Lower left - The Fern Leaf - symbol of New Zealand, the Bush District, and of pioneer endeavour.
Lower right - the fern shoot unfolding - growth and development of our school and its pupils.

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Contact Information

The Principal
(06) 376-8344
(06) 376-8457
Postal address
PO Box 94, Churchill St, Pahiatua, Tararua 5470
Electronic mail
General Information: tararua.college@xtra.co.nz
Webmaster: bkinzett@tararuacollege.school.nz