Our Mission

Taking Good Boys and Growing them in to Great Young Men

Kāhore hoki, koia te aroha me te mātauranga. You cannot have education without compassion and a clear purpose


Our school’s culture centres on Respect + Responsibility = Results. Hato Pāora College is a boarding school for Māori boys, which was founded by the Society of Mary and opened in 1948. The college’s success with its young students is linked to high standards, values and expectations, which are reinforced in the daily school life and serve to shape the uniqueness of  the school in that it seeks to develop HE TAPAPA RANGATIRA (Leaders for Tomorrow) in its students who attend the school from all tribal regions throughout the country.

Our Catholic Ethos
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To take good boys and grow them into great young men.

I roto i ngā tikanga Māori me ngā tikanga o te Hāhi Katorika ka taea e te Kura o Hato Pāora te poipoi ngā rangatira mō āpōpō. Kua tupu he uru kahikatea, he whakaruruhau hei whakapakari i te taha hinengaro, i te taha tinana me te taha wairua o te tangata.
Whaia te Tika.
  1. To continually improve our academic performance
  2. To increase our roll to 160 full-time students
  3. To enhance our reputation for producing great young Māori men
  4. To improve our facilities
  5. To continue and maintain the confidence of our communities

To Take Good Boys and Grow them into Great Young Men” means to be strong in Tikanga Māori; To be a beacon in our society for the promotion of the Catholic and Māori values; To encourage and nurture a climate of achievement and success now and in the future

Ko koe ia, e te Atua tangata, oma tau i ēnei; whāia te tika, te karakia pai, te whakapono, te aroha, te manawanui, te ngakau mahaki. 1 Timoti 6:11, 12

But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11, 12

When whānau send their son to our college there is an expectation that he will be a part of a safe college environment. This expectation applies to all situations at all times over the college year where parents rightly assume that the college is providing appropriate duty of care.

There is also a mutual expectation that when a student starts at the college he will treat people, facilities and the environment in a respectful manner, contributing towards the overall positive development of the college and upholding the college motto, Whāia te Tika (to always do what is right).

It is important to set high expectations that boys understand, parents support and staff are able to manage. Our comprehensive Code of Conduct provides a pathway for the college in the event that an individual does not meet the mutual expectation at any time.

All students are provided with a copy of the Code of Conduct upon application. They are then asked to sign this upon arrival at the college, following an expectations hui, to ensure their understanding of college behavioural requirements.

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