Students at Hato Pāora live, learn and work in a whānau environment. Boarding and hostel life provides boys with unique opportunities to: 

    • Live and learn alongside their peers;
    • Demonstrate leadership abilities and responsibility;
    • Develop independence, self-reliance and the highest possible personal standards;
    • Develop a healthy and caring attitude toward others – characterised by a spirit of genuine acceptance and concern for one another.

The Hato Pāora Living Environment is divided into dorms which can comfortably accomodate 140 boys. A dorm parent is assigned to each dorm and these staff members are supervised by a shift supervisor. The Director of Living, and Principal live on-site and are available to assist hostel staff and students at any time.

Pastoral care provided by on-site staff members ensures boys are supported and comfortable in their living environment, allowing them to flourish across all areas of their education.

Boys lead activities and practices outside school hours and develop lasting friendships. They participate in sporting and social activities during the weekend. The boys enthusiasm for spontaneous karakia, waiata and kapa haka sessions illustrate the lively nature of hostel living at Hato Pāora.

Pa Dan Harper
Pa Dan HarperDirector Living
Since 1947, Hato Pāora College has offered a unique blend of excellence and proud tradition for the students who come to this college. As the School’s foremost ambassadors, students at Hato Pāora College participate widely in every aspect of School life and grow into well-educated and well-rounded young men. The friendships gained at Hato Pāora College are life-long and the shared experiences are deeply rewarding. Students also gain a new level of independence and are well prepared for the rigours of life beyond Hato Pāora College.

Like most before him, we trust that your son’s time here at Hato Pāora College will be rich in variety, full of camaraderie, academically fulfilling and, above all, spiritually fulfilling. Combined with your support and participation, the staff at Hato Pāora College will ensure that our enthusiasm and passion for developing young men offers the best possible Environment for your son to succeed.

Hato Paora College Student Handbook

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All Hato Pāora College students are expected to:

  • get up and go to bed on time
  • be at meals and meetings on time
  • have all required uniforms for Boarding and School life
  • be polite, courteous and helpful to each other, staff and visitors
  • keep themselves clean and tidy
  • keep their dorm and bay clean and tidy at all times
  • follow instructions
  • be hospitable and kind to new students
  • have respect and care for property at Hato Pāora College
  • have pride in the Hostel and School
  • participate widely in the greater life of the College

The Living Environment is an integral part of the school life for the students at Hato Pāora College. It is through the provision of a safe and positive environment that our students have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

The Living Environment supports all aspects of the spiritual, cultural, academic, and sporting life of the school and in so doing, hopes to promote all round excellence in our students.

The aims of the Living Environment are to:

  • encourage the growth and development of all students in an open and safe environment that respects all individuals
  • develop the formation of the student through a balance of spiritual, cultural, academic rigour, co-curricular endeavour and community awareness
  • foster and maintain the highest standard of academic achievement for all students
  • engender an innate sense of self-discipline amongst the students to ensure all students take responsibility for their learning and behaviour
  • ensure all students act with compassion, cooperation and consideration for their peers, staff and whānau
  • provide a framework for leadership skills to thrive
  • promote the well-being of all students by providing a hazard-free environment with robust health and safety standards
  • provide excellent staffing, allowing for open and supportive interaction between students, parents and staff

The Hostel is notfunded bytheschool, nor is it funded by the Government,so the fees the students pay to boardat Hato Pāora College go towardstheactualcostof runningthehostel.  Hato Pāora Collegeis a school and a home.  Studentshave comfortabledorms assigned for each Year level.  Recreational facilities aregood and are continually upgraded.

2019 Hostel Fees details:

  • $12, 260.00 (GST inclusive) for the full school year
  • the full year’s fees are invoiced in February
  • term one fees are required to be paid in advance of day one, term one
  • thereafter, a full term’s fees must be paid by the last day of terms 2 and 3
  • term 4 fees must be paid in full, by 30 November 2019

Personal expenses to be met by students and their whānau:

  • personal pocket money
  • transport costs to and from Feilding or Palmerston North if(a) for travel outside of the first day of studentsreturning to school oroutside of the last travel day of term (b) for travel to and from appointments like doctors (c) for travel to sports or activities that are not school sanctioned activities (d) for travel departures or arrivals prior to 8:30am or after 7:00pm (to be at the discretion of the Director of Living)
  • sports fees
  • kapa Haka fees
  • camp fees
  • recreational trips into Palmerston North, these may be at a charge to the student.

Contact details need to be up-to-date:

If you have changed your address, phone number or email please advise the school office, so our records can be updatedimmediately.  Forward updated contact details to one of the staff below:

Director of the LivingEnvironment:  Pā Dan Harper 

Matron: Wh. Diana Hayden

Weekday Staff

Morning Staff:            Wh.Noosan Paku (Assistant Director)

Volunteers:                 Active Night Supervisor, Pā Dan Harper,Wh Dixie Hawkins


Afternoon Staff:         Assistant Director of Living:   Wh. Noosan Paku

Kaitiaki/Dorm Parents:

                                    Pā Kingi Tibble

                                    Pā Jeremy Dixon

                                    Pā Mathew Mataki

                                    Pā Campbell Ngarimu

 Weekend Staff

                                    Assistant Director of Living: TBC

Kaitiaki/Dorm Parents:

                                    Pā Matangirei Hipango

                                     Pā Tomairangi Hipango

                                    Wh Norma Taylor


Active Night Supervisor Staff:

                                    Pā Trent Hemi

                                    Pā Lee Paku

Laundry Supervisor:

                                    Wh. Dixie Hawkins


Grounds and Property Staff:

                                    Pā Mike Parsons (Head)

                                    Pā Rod Harding (Maintenance & Repairs)

Catering Staff:

                                    Pā Mark Kahi (Head)

                                    Wh.Helona Mataki (weekends)

The Hostel has five dormitories:

  • Ropata (Year 9 students)
  • Kinsella (Year 10students)
  • Raniera (Year 11 students)
  • Perenara (Year 12 students)
  • Riatana (Year 13 students)

Each dorm is directed by a Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent, with the Director of the Living Environment having responsibility for the Hostel, under the direction of the Principal- who has overall responsibility.

6:30am                       Lights go on

6:35am                       Wake upand activities of daily living

7:30am                       Breakfast is served in the Wharekai

8:00am                       Duties or time to get ready

8:25am                       Ranks

8:30am                       Chappel

8.45am                          Form class

9:00am – 3:20pm       The school day

3:20pm                       Ranks in the Quad

4:00-5:00pm              Physical Education and Activities

5:00-5:20pm              Shower/get ready for dinner and study

5:30pm                       Dinnerfollowed by clean-up

6:20-6:30pm              Evening karakia in the Chapel         

6:30–8:30pm              Study and supper (Monday-Thursday)

                                    Leisure and/or recreational activities (Fridays)

8.50pm                       Dorm Hui

9:00pm                       Lights out for Years 9-11

10:00pm                     Lights out for Years 12-13


*Note no weekend is the same, timings and activities change week to week.

8:00am Lights go on

  • Note: on Saturday only sports teams with early games will be woken earlier

9:00am Breakfast is served in the Wharekai

10:00am Duties, chores, sporting or school commitments

  • Note: on Sunday all students change their sheets and pillowcases.

12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch

  • Note: Those at a school event will have their lunch provided or saved

1:00pm – 5:25pm Students at leisure in the afternoon

  • Note: on Sunday students can choose to remain onsite or go into Palmerston North for shopping, movies, and so forth.

5:30pm Dinner

6:00pm-8:30pm Students at leisure in the evening

  • Note: Sunday: 6:00 pm Get ready for Mass

                             6:30pm: Mass

                             7:30pm: Back to the dorm to get changed and ready for the week ahead; and dorm inspection

8:30pm Supper

8.50pm Dorm Hui

9:00pm Lights out for Years 9-11

10:00pm Lights out for Years 12-13

Allstudents at Hato Pāora Collegeare expectedand encouragedto take part in the co-curricularactivitiesavailableto them.  Amongstthoseofferedare a range of spiritual, cultural, and sportingactivities.  Hato Pāora Collegestudentshave a long tradition ofbeing actively involved in co-curricularactivities and this finetradition will be continued in 2019.  It is ourexpectation that all students take part in at leasttwoco-curricular activities during the year.

Oncea student hascommittedhimselfto a school team, or an activity, heis expectedto arrive on timeand take part tothebestofhisability.  Considerable timeand effortgoes intotheorganisation and coaching of teams, it is unrealistic to have your son excusedfromhisco-curricularactivityunlessexceptional circumstancesarise.  Thisis particularlyimportant torememberwhenyouwishto plan weekendsforyour son to take leave.  As a result, leave is restricted to afterall sporting and other co-curricular commitments have been fulfilled.


  • Leave requests for exceptional circumstances, must be submitted directly to the Principal.
  • If your son is in the Senior A Kapa Haka Team or in the 1st XV, attendance at all practices/wananga and camps is mandatory.


  • This committee is made up from One representative from each year group including Head Boy and Deputy Head. This commitee will meet up regularly to offer feedback and student voice about any initiaves they may have for the Living enviroment

At Hato Pāora College each student is encouraged to take part in activities with the utmost determination and skill.  The School upholds a “code of fair play” which all sports teams are made aware of at the start of each season. We encourage parents and whānau to support and enjoy the sport and other activities that your son takes part in.  We ask that you follow this code of fair play and act as gracious hosts to visiting teams.

The following is a list of our school-sanctioned sports:

  • Summer: Softball, Cricket, Touch, Rugby 7s, Athletics, and Swimming
  • Winter: Rugby and Basketball

Students should play at least one sport in Summer and one in Winter.  If unable to play, the student can still participate in a team by assisting the coach, managing a team, looking after the gear and uniforms, refereeing, and other roles of support.  Non-participation in any sport is incompatible with our philosophy of working together and supporting Hato Pāora College.

Boarding school is often the first time that many young people spend a significant amount of time away from home, whānau and friends.  New students need to be proficient in a number of key areas if they are to make a speedy transition to boarding life. Parents/caregivers can ensure that their son is prepared for boarding by developing the following skills before he arrives:

  • he knows how to make his own bed
  • he can fold and put away his clothes
  • he has an ability to keep his belongings tidy and secure
  • he has experience in a completing household chores
  • he knows how to politely address adults and to make requests of them
  • he understands the importance of regular, basic hygiene
  • he can maintain a healthy balance between his school-work and free time

Parents/caregivers can also help their sons prepare for boarding by discussing the following common issues that are often faced by new students:

  • adapting to a community living situation
  • looking after his own property whilst respecting others property
  • respecting and tolerating others and their personal space
  • understanding that a community is reasonably inflexible
  • lack of personal hygiene
  • physical and psychological changes
  • coping with day to day routine and the roles and responsibilities within that routine
  • increased academic pressure and/or unrealistic goals

Both the Learning and LivingEnvironments at Hato Pāora College integrate the five key competencies into all learning and living programmes and activities.  The longer a student is with us, the more proficient we expect them to be in:

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Participating and contributing


A major issue that most new students face is homesickness.  It is important to remember that it is perfectly normal to miss home and that it is often short-lived.  As homesickness is linked to poor academic results and/or experiencing difficulty with being settled, it is important to address the issue quickly.  Communication is key – encourage your son to discuss the problem with the appropriate Director, Staff, or the Matron. All the staff are experienced in handling homesickness and can even call upon senior students/tuakana to assist.  There is also a Junior School Mentor, who is available to offer peer support and encouragement. A new addition i shaving two Prefects sleeping in ensuite rooms off our three junior dorms.

Homesickness – for the boarder

Make sure you are involved in hostel/school-based activities to help you make more friends and to keep your mind off being homesick.

Homesickness – for the parents

Try to focus on the positive aspects of what the hostel and school life provide your son.  Do not hesitate to get in touch with the relevant Director, Matron, or Principal at anytime.

Students need to realise that having problems and fears is completely normal and it is certainly not a form of weakness to want to talk about these things with someone.

Whatever the problem, it is far better to talk to someone sooner rather than later.  If a student has a problem he can speak to any of the Hostel staff as they are all vested with the pastoral care of the students.  Regardless of the issue, students should feel confident enough to approach any staff for help or even just a chat.

The Living Environment also has designated members of the Senior Leadership Team who are not only available at school, but are also on-call, should the need arise.

Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns around behaviour of other students, staff or anything related to your safety please ensure that you let someone within the Hostel or Kura know. There are a variety of people available to help you and you should approach the one that you feel most comfortable talking too. Anything you say will be kept private and we will work through the concerns that you raise.

Your first point of contact should be the hostel staff that look after your dorm or the Assistant Director. If you aren’t comfortable talking to them you can always speak to Pa Dan Harper (Director of Living) or Pa Nathan Matthews (Tumuaki).

If you would like someone else to raise your concerns for you, or support you when you do, there are the two Junior School Kaiarahi or your dorm representative on the hostel committee.

It is important that you are able to raise any concerns with us so that we can address them and find solutions.


The Formal and School Uniform can be purchased from:

  • Gracies Store in Feilding
  • The School Laundry for good quality second hand clothing
  • The School Office for a school jacket, school hoodie, and school house singlet- which are issued to all new students in the first few weeks of Term 1. Other optional school merchandise is available for sale from the school office.

Formal School Uniform : These items will be checked on arrival

  • The most important uniform a Hato Pāora Collegestudent will ever have is his number one uniformwhich consists of the following:
  • School Blazer
  • 2 x Long-sleeved white shirt (only a plain white singlet is to be worn underneath)
  • School Tie (Year 9-11 have the red and blue tie; Year 12-13 have the traditional yellow, red, and blue tie)
  • 2 x Charcoal grey dress trousers
  • Black leather belt with a plain black or silver small buckle
  • 4 x Black dress socks
  • ALL black leather dress shoes

NO cap, beanies, or hats are to be worn with the number one uniform. Students wear the uniform correctly because that is our expectation and also to honour the memory of Old Boys’ who have passed on.

School Uniform-(All Clearly Named ), These items will be checked on arrival

  • Term one and Term four school uniform:
  • School polo shirt (x3)
  • School grey shorts (x3)
  • School jacket or school hoodie (x1 of each)
  • School cap (x1),optional can be purchased from Office
  • Black roman sandals (x1)
  • Term two and Term three school uniform:
  • School polo shirt (as above)
  • School grey shorts (as above) or school trousers (x1 for school uniform, these are not the number one uniform trousers)
  • School jacket and hoodie (as above)

Sports Uniform

            Hato Pāora CollegeHouse Singlet (x1)

            Hato Pāora CollegeSports Shorts (x1)

            Togs (briefs or trunks, notboard shorts)- (x1)

            Pair of running shoes (x1)


In addition to the above sports uniform, students will require additional itemsaccording to which sporting code they have signed up for.  Coachesand/or the Director-in-Charge of the sport will inform students ofthis at the start of the season(e.g. Softballers will need to supply their own glove or mitt; Rugby players supply their own Head Gear-which must be all black or the school’s blue and red colours).  All students are responsible for making sure that they have their own mouthguard, and ideally a spare.

Personal Items

Do not bring valuable or expensive items to school/hostel.  If in doubt of what to bring, call the Director of Living, who will make a decision on whether an item is acceptable or not. The school and hostel do not accept responsibility for any items lost or damaged.

Personal Clothes and gear

Students should have warm and comfortable casual clothing to wear outside of normal school hours.  These items should be of a reasonable standard and tidy in nature and not difficult to wash in other words, easily laundered.  Designer or expensive clothing is a personal choice and not recommended.

Some recommendations include, but are not limited to:

            underpants (x7)



            casual clothing as needed, e.g: jerseys, shirts, jeans, shorts, etc

            trainers, shoes, sandals

            shoe polish, brush and a bag for all footwear

            personal toiletries

            hangers for lockers

small mesh laundry bag, named (for the washing socks and underpants only)-these can be      purchased from the laundry for $5 cash (see Pā Dan).

 Linen and alike

            towels for showering(x3)

            towel for swimming– in summer only (x1)



            pillowcases (x3)

            laundry basket, hard and waterproof bottom, handles on side (x1)

We have a commercial Laundry onsite which is where we will wash your son’s clothing.  The turnaround period is one-to-three days. There is also an iron and ironing board available in each dorm.   Our Laundry Supervisor, Whaea Dixie Hawkins, handles hundreds of garments daily and she does not have the time to search for labels, or to decipher frayed and faded labels.  As such, it is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled and in a position easily visible. As a guide, please place labels as indicated below:

  • Singlets, shirts, jerseys, jackets – inside back, on the collar, below the label
  • Underpants, shorts, trousers – inside back, on waist band, below the label
  • Socks at top (not on feet)
  • Sports Gear same as for shirts and shorts above
  • Towels and pillow cases –at one end

Sewn in name labels are the most serviceable, as they have a longer life.  We recommend Name-It ( but there are many other suppliers.  You should also give spare labels to your son, should there be a need to replace any labels.

Laundry marking pens or ball-point pens are not suitable as they wash out in the laundry.  Iron-on tape is also not recommended as these come off in the wash and some types of commercially printed tape also disintegrates after a few washes.

Students are to use small mesh bags when washing socks and underpants.  These mesh bags must also be named. Note: Mesh bags are available for sale from the Laundry for $5.

All unnamed articles of clothing, or items of clothing left lying around will be kept for one term only.  They will be held as lost property, and can be redeemed at a cost of 50¢ per item – this fund is put towards St Vincent de Paul.  All lost clothing will be located in the laundry.

The Matron or the Director of Living, will be pleased to provide you with any further information if required.

No responsibility can be accepted for articles which, for any reason, are not named or are unclaimed.

Common Rooms: We will have these up and running by the end of Term 1. Students are to keep these spaces clean at all times. No student is to enter other year groups Common rooms without the permission of staff. Report any breakages immediately to staff. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in the closure of Common rooms who are not complying.

Hato Pāora Collegeprovidesan excellent seven day mealservice.  We cater forand know thelikes and dislikes ofteenage males,providing a balance betweenwhattheylike and whatis goodforthem(whichmostparentswillunderstand isusuallynotthesame).

At the sametimeit is impossible to pleaseall ofthepeopleall ofthetimeand if your son doesnotlike a particularmealwedo not offer an alternative menu.  Ifyour son hasa particular foodallergythisshouldbe discussedat the Tono hui and again, withtheMatron on hisarrival.

It is our belief that Hato Pāora Collegeis a whānau, therefore all students eat together. Day students eat with the boarders, and are supplied morning tea and lunch, which is charged to their whānau account.

Healthy kai

In an effort to encourage healthy Living and better choices that support this goal, we have carefully considered the food we have at Hato Pāora College.  Since the start of 2016 the following food items have been off the menu and will not be available to the students:

Noodles, White sugar (which is substituted with brown sugar), and White bread (which is substituted with Wheatmeal bread)

Likewise, students are not allowed to return to school with take-away food as we provide a healthy and nutritious meal that you have already paid for.  Only on very special occasions is such food allowed at school, as a ‘treat’.

  • No coloured Fizzy, such as Fanta, coke, Raspberry, Sparkling Duet (yellow)
  • No 2 minute noodles to be consumed onsite

TUCK SHOP: We will be reintroducing the Tuck Shop in 2019 . We will be selling a small range of food and drink which are within our Healty Kai status. Eftpos and Cash sales only. This Tuck Shop will only be open for One hour blocks on certain days. Students will be informed on these opening hours. Students are not to abuse this priviledge. There will be No “Tick ups” allowed.

In aboarding institution it is vital that any medical problems are dealt with immediatelyAt Hato Pāora College, there is always a staff member on-call for the students 24hours a day.

In all cases, the Matron and/or relevant staff, will assess anproblem and, if necessary, refer a student to the school nurse or to the Doctor.  Any charges over and above ACCincurred on a student’s behalf during his time at Hato Pāora College, are payable by the studentwhānau.  If your whānau has Community Services Card for healthcare please provide a copy of the card and its number for your sons medical file.

Please note:  We will take your son to the doctor.  The service used will be based on our staff availability, travel time and the nature of the injury or illness.  If you prefer an alternative to this, please make those requests known to the Matron, in writing at the start of the year.  We will do our best to accomodate your request.

 When in the care of the hostel, if your son becomes ill or is injured it is important that he report this immediately. This should be to the Matron, or in her absence, the student should report directly to their Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent.  Likewise, if your son becomes ill at school it is important for him to report directly to his teacher and go to the School Office. Staff will assess the illness or injury, and make arrangements for appropriate follow up.

Though the Hostelhasaeight-bed Infirmary for students who areillorinjured, this is a short-stay option.  If a student’s condition appears likely to persist, a request will be made for that student to go home.

If your son is too ill to return to the Hostel at the end of the weekend/holidays, or if you have any doubts about your son being able to return to the Hostel, please keep him at home until he is well enough to return.  Contact the Matron and when your son returns to Hato Pāora College he must report to the Matron if before or after school hours or to the school office if he returns during the school day.  It is also the parents’ responsibility to contact the school office to explain his absence for those days away from school.

It is essential that we are told of all medication that your son may be taking.  Please phone the Matron if there is any new, even short-term medication, that your son is required to take. 

Comprehensive First Aid kits are provided in every dormitory with an additional one in both of the Hostel Offices. These are regularly checked and stocked with the appropriate medical supplies. All Hostel staff are certified in First Aid.


Every student is required to bring his own personal first aid kit, please go to Page 31 for a comprehensive list of what should be in the kit. 

Your cooperation in all these medical matters, is appreciated and essential to the welfare of your son.  

It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their son’s inoculations and medical records

are accurate and up to date when he starts at Hato Pāora College.


Hato Pāora College strives for high academic standards and has a support structure that allows students of all levels to realise their potential.  Acornerstoneofthe LivingEnvironmentis therequirementofall studentsto doStudy.  We do study to enable the studentsto internalise new learning, to preparefortheirlessonsthenextdayand for their exams at the end of each term.

Study runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for Senior students,(Years 11-13, with a 10minute break and supper in the middle) every Monday to Thursday night, there is also an expectation that Senior students will do Study in the weekends for a minimum of two hours, however- it is their responsibility to attend to this.  In the weekendsleading up toSchool Exams or NCEA, we will extend study during the evenings and on weekendsfor Year 11-13 students.

Study is carried out for the Juniors, in either their classroom, Wharekai or the Wharenui from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  For Year 11, study occurs in their classroom or a computer room.  For all other seniors, study occurs in one of the computer rooms.  The Year 12 and 13 are the only cohort who normally have no supervisor, as they are expected to work independently at their age.  Strict rules exist around talking and moving during study to ensure that there are no distractions and that all students have the best possible learning Environment.

TheStudy rulesare as follows:

1.      The students are to be seated quietly at their desks by 6:30 pm or the stated time for commencement of study.

2.      No student is to talkto another student without the permission of the Kaitiaki/Dorm ParentIfs tudents wish to find out information from other students they must do so before study or during the study break, if there is one.

3.      Thestudy break willbe determined by staff supervising.  On return, all studentsmustbe re-seatedat theirdesks.

5.      There is no borrowing of books, equipment,etc. during study.

6.      Study is nota time for reading books unless they are a set text for English or another subject.  Studentswith“no work” to do should revisit old work and/or revise for the exams.

7.      There will be no “testing each other” in pairs or groups in the first half of study.

8.      Seniors who break the study rules may lose the privilege of working unsupervised.

9.      Study during exam time– junior students sit in their classroom and senior students do their study in theComputer room.  Year 12 and 13 are given the opportunity to study in their bays, at the discretion of theAssistant Director of Living.  Failure to study during these times may result in students having to study at school.

10.    All students must ensure they are dressed appropriately for the studious environment of study.  This includes having footwear on and not bringing bedding into a studyroom.

11.    Any staff membercan ask to see the browser history of any student who theybelieve is ‘off-task’.  If the student has misused his time, the device will be confiscated or withheld for a period of time.

12.    A staff member can also ask any student to shift nearer to them during study as a means to monitor the student and redirect his focus back to meaningful study.

  • Thursday, 11 April 12.00pm-4:00pm ;
  • Friday, 5 July 9:00am-4:00pm;
  • Friday, 27 September 9:00am-4:00pm;
  • Friday, 6 December9:00am-3:00pm.

Three-way conferencing enables us to report to and share information with you.  Students are encouraged to be actively involved in the learning and reporting process. The conferencing takes the form of a conversation between the student, the parents/caregivers and the teacher. This approach is designed to be positive, constructive and inclusive of the learner.

All students wear their formal school uniform to the conferences.

*If you attend the Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, you may take your son home immediately after the conferencing.  All students are to be gone by 5:00pm on Conference Days.  This includes students whose parents are not attending conferences and all others.

Electronic Devices

The only electronic device students are allowed at school is a mobile phone.

NO personal computers or tablets.

On signing in and returning from any leave or absence, it is the student’s responsibility to:

  1. register their mobile phone (they can only have ONE phone);
  2. advise their Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent when they have a new mobile phone in their possession.
  3. provide theirKaitiaki/Dorm Parent with the make and description of their mobile phone

New Students WILL NOT be able to use mobile phone until the weekend of the Gala Day (23 March), therefore:

If your son comes to College with a cellphone, it must be declared and handed into the hostel office.

It is highly recommended that new students leave their mobile phone at home for that time and parents bring the mobile phone to Gala Day.

ALL students must register all and any phones, and other electronic devices, that they bring to school at the hostel office (for students) or at the school office (for day students).

NO phones are permitted to be used at anytime during the school day and hours outside of when the Hostel permit.  Phones will be confiscated from students for a minimum of three weeks, if taken to school and/or used.  Should a student be caught with a second or subsequent phone, this phone will be confiscated and returned at the end of the year or couriered home at the parents/caregivers expense.

The hostel management determine when studentscan use their mobile phones.  Current students are all aware of the procedures and rules regarding electronic devices.

Note:  Students are not permitted to use their phones to record staff or other students, without their permission.  They are also not permitted to use their phones to bully, degrade, or disrespect anyone. Any student who does so, will be in breach of the Hato Pāora CollegeCode of Conduct, and such action will have a global impact on Hato Pāora College, our community, and Hato Pāora College’s reputation.

Weekend leave, commitments, expectations and obligations

On any given occasion, parents have until 5:00pm the Wednesday prior to the weekend leave, to apply for leave.  Students can depart after 3:30pm on Friday, and must sign back inby 6:00pm on Sunday.

From Term 1 in 2019, students will only be able to go on weekend leave for three weekends per term. These do not incluse Exeat Weekends.

Our policy is that students must fulfil their school commitments before they go on leave, that would be for commitments such as Rugby, Kapa Haka, Gatings, and so forth.

What the students do in their own leave time is monitored by their parents/caregivers– who have Duty of Care for them then.  However, if a student’s conduct should have a negative global impact on Hato Pāora College, the College Code of Conduct could be applied to the student. 

If students return injured from their leave and they require ongoing care (e.g. Doctor’s visits, physio, and alike) one of two things will be determined by the school:

1.         the student mustremain home until fullyrecovered

2.         the student canreturn to school, on a Doctor’s recommendation, providedparents/caregivers arrange all follow up doctors/physio visits, including organising and covering the costs of transportto and from such appointments.

We will know if the student/s get hurt at school or playing for our school team, as the coach and manager will advise us immediately following the game. Staff  who remain onsite especially in the weekends, will ensure the students medical needs are met in a timely fashion, staff will record and monitor any illness or injury.

Re: Injury from School Sports Team, Senior As, O’Shea Shield, etc:

We will make a determination about this with a possible concession for school sanctioned sports and activities, as the students remained at school and represented the school.

 Should a student take any weekend leave during school practices, performances or games e.g. Senior A wānanga, he couldput his position inthat team in jeopardy.

The above applies to every student.

Reminder:  If students have a school commitment, they cannot leave until they have fulfilled that obligation.

The LivingEnvironment prides itself on having a tidy, well-kept and well-organised environment. All students are expected to co-operate in this by maintaining high standards of personal dress, personal cleanliness and tidy personal spaces.

Each day, every student is to make his bed, remove all clothing from the floor, open all curtains and ensure that his bayarea is in an immaculate condition.  The following things are important to the adherence of this policy:

•   Lockers are to be kept tidy and closed at all times

•   Lockers should be locked at all times

•   Items are not to be left on the floor.  Where unavoidable, such items should be neatly placed out of the main thoroughfare

•   Beds are to be made every morning and inspections of a students bed is made in the morning

Inspection occurs every morning at 7:20am (8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday) and all students must have completed tidying their area before this time.  During inspection, students are to stand by their bed and wait for the Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent, Assistant Director or Director on duty.

Students going on Weekend Leave must strip their bed and put the sheets and pillowcases in to be washed.  They must neatly fold blankets to leave at the head of their bed.  On return from leave, the student must make his bed to the required standard.  During the weekend, informal inspections occur at approximately 9:00am and any student who has not tidied their area willbe asked to do so. 

Common areas and other shared facilities are the responsibility of every user to protect and keep clean, neat and tidy.  There will be people who are rostered to clean these areas however all users should still tidy up after themselves. It is also important that the behaviour of students in these areas is appropriate and mature to avoid any unnecessary damage. This extends to appropriate use of language in these areas as well.

At the end of each term, a Big Clean occurs.  This is an important part of the leaving process before students depart for the term break.  Students must vacate and remove all of their belongings from their dormsat the end of each term.  There will be a space provided for overseas students, and those travelling long distances on public transport, to store limited personal items during the holiday period.  During the Big Clean, the following jobs must be carried out by each boarder:

•    remove all items from dorms and all other storage areas.

•    floors vacuumed

•    all surfaces wiped down

•    locker/semptied

•    litter removed

All students must have the abovesigned-off by the Kaitiaki/Dorm Parentbefore theycan leave.  The Director of Living and/or Assistant will ensure that all jobs listed above are completed and that all areas are left in an appropriately clean state.

Personal cleanliness and hygiene are essentialfor comfortable, communal Living.  All students are expected to shower at least once a day.  Showers normally take place in the morning, but students are also expected to shower following afternoon physical education, practices and activities.  Showering are to take no-longer than 3 minutes.

 All Kaitiaki/Dorm Parentmonitor boarders personal hygiene and, where necessary, inform the Director of Living if a student needa reminder about personal hygiene.  The Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent will then discretely bring this matter to the attention of the student and report any issues to the Matron and Director of Living.

Frequent reminders are given to students to:

•   Wash hands regularly, particularly before every meal

•   Shower every day

•   Wash hairwith Shampoo

•   Change clothing daily (particularlysocks and underwear)

•   Change bedding regularly

•   Use roll-on deodorant regularly(spray on deodorants are not permitted)


Shaving is a rite of passage for students.  It is one of the many milestones on the road to adolescence.  When a student looks like he needs to start shaving, and if he hasn’t done so before, the Director of Livingwill contact the parents/caregivers and ask that a male role-model within the whānau, teach him to shave.  If assistance from the hostel staff is required, please speak with the Director ofLiving.

Once studentscommence shaving, they must maintain this regime and remain clean-shaved each day, when at school or on school outings.  Students supply their own razors and shaving cream/balm.


We ask that each student is vigilant with regards to the security of his personal belongings. To help in this matter, all students are provided with alocker on the hostel side, and on request will be allocated a locker on the school side.  Students must supply their own padlock.  If they lose their padlock key, they can request their Kaitiaki/Dorm Parentsupervise their use of bolt-cutters to remove the defunct padlock. Students should ensure they have spare padlocks to use thereafter.

Vandalism and Damage

Any damage to the school or hostelwill be charged to the student/s concerned.  In the Living Environment, each boarder is responsible for their own area and must ensure that it is clean and free of graffiti.  Any damage needs to be reported to the relevant Director orMatron immediately.

Vicks Vapour Rub, Tissues, Cough Lozenges and other supplies

Particularly for the Winter Season, students are required to supply their personal first aid kit.  Please see page 31 for details of the personal first aid kit.


1.1   Any student enrolled at Hato Pāora College as a boarder or Day Student, at all times during the School term, will be subject to these rules and to the Hato Pāora College Code of  Conduct including the rules and regulations of the Learning and Living Environments of Hato Pāora College.

1.2   Any student not enrolled as a boarder at Hato Pāora College but who at any time enters upon the Living  Environment premises shall be subject to all of these rules and regulations.

1.3   All visitors to Hato Pāora College are to report fortwith upon arrival to theSchool Office or the Hostel Office and shall strictly observe all directions given to them by staff.

1.4   No visitors are permitted to enter or remain in any dormitory.

1.5   No visitors before 8:30am or after 6pm each day of the week, unless approved by the Principal, Director of Living or his Assistant.

1.6   No student may invite any person into the Hostel premises without the prior permission of thePrincipal, Director of Living or his Assistant.


2.1   Students must at all times be in possession of all of the articles of clothing and uniform specified in the Hato Pāora College clothing list.

2.2   All clothing, uniform and personal possessions must be clearly named at all times. New clothing or personal items purchased or brought in to the Hostel during the term must be named immediately.

2.3   Damaged clothing items are the responsibility of the student and parent/caregiver to mend  or replace.  Any school uniform items that require repair must be repaired or replaced without delay and will not be worn until repaired.

2.4   Unnamed clothing and personal items left about the School and/or Hostel will be kept for one term and will be then donated to charity.

2.5   Students are required to wear uniform on those occasionspecified by thePrincipal,  Director of Living or his Assistant.  All items of formal uniform must be ready to be worn at anytime.  At all other times students may dress casually.

2.6   Long trousers will not be worn to school in terms 1 and 4, unless approved by the Principal or a Director in his absence.

2.7   plain black leather belt is the only type which may be worn with any uniform.

2.8   Formal uniform shoes will have a black leather upper and an all black sole. They are to be worn only with calf length black dress socks.

2.9   School day shoes are to be black all over- no markings or non-black soles. They are to be  worn only with our school regulation grey socks.

2.10Black Roman sandals are the only shoes to be worn during the school day in terms 1 and 4 only.  Permission must be sought from the Principal or a Director in her absence for any  exceptions.

2.11All shoes are to be kept clean at all times.  Cleaning and polishing shoes is to be done   outside (liquid shoe polishes are not permitted).


3.1   Students must sleep in their assigned bed and bay, on all occasions.

3.2   Bays and dormitories are to be kept clean, neat and tidy at all times and all beds are to be made every morning.

3.3   Bays and dormitories are to be vacuumed everyday.

3.4   On the 7:20 am bell students are to stand by their beds ready for inspection. They are to remain there until dismissed by the assigned staff member.

3.5   There is to be no talking, noise unnecessary movementafterlights out”.

3.6   Students are responsible for their own valuables.

3.7   It is the responsibility of the student to have a padlock on all their lockers, at all times.


4.1   No earrings are to be worn at anytime.

4.2   Taonga may be worn, but only if approved by the Principal.

5       GROOMING

5.1   Students are required to be well groomed at all times.  There is to be no facial hair.  As   mentioned on page 23, when a student is coming to the age to shave, the Director will make contact with the parents/caregivers.  All Senior students (Year 11-13) who need to shave must supply their own razors and shaving gear.  Students non-compliant will return to the hostel to correct this.

6       HAIR

6.1   Students should attend to all grooming needs while on leave.  It should be noted that  haircuts are not the responsibility of the hostel. If there are any concerns about a student’s  hairstyle, they will be sent home, to correct this, at the expense of the parents/caregivers.

6.2   Hair cuts  are to be to the Hato Pāora College standard- which is an even cut all over.  NO SHAVED-IN LINES, NO MOP TOPS AND NO HAIR DYE.  Number two is the minimum length. *Please ensure your son has his hair cut appropriately BEFORE returning to school.  During Term time, parents and students are to arrange for any haircuts

7       HYGIENE

7.1    All students must shower at least once per day.

7.2    Students are not to share underwear, headwear or other clothing items.

7.3    Students are not to sleep in another student’s bed.

7.4    Students are not to share mouthguards or toothbrushes.

7.5     Students to sleep between sheets


8.1    Any student suffering from any illness or injury must report immediately to their Kaitiaki/Dorm            Parent and shall thereafter observe all directions given by the staff as to attendance and/or  treatment.

8.2    If a student is placed in the Infirmary by the Matron he must remain there until he is released by a staff      member. Staff will contact Students whanau if placed in the infirmary, the same applys if a student needs to go to the Doctors.

8.3    The Matron may, inconsultation with theDirector of Living, require students suffering from illness or injury to go home.

8.4    When a student is absent from School through sickness or injury the Matron willp rovide him with note explaining such absence, which is to be provided to th eSchool Office.

8.5    Studentswho through sickness or injury go home, must provide a note on their return that outlines the dates of absence, full reasons for absence and any medication or follow-up treatments.  Notes are to be   given to the Matron, and in her absence Director of Living.

8.6    In any case where a student’s return from holiday or Exeat idelayed through illness or injurythe parent/caregiver must telephone the Matron/School Office to advise the circumstances and the student’s whereabouts. Notification must be made prior to the expected return time.

8.7    No student is to be sent back to Hato Pāora College with an illness or injury unattended to by their  parents/caregivers.  It should be noted that the hostel is not a default agency providing medical services for whānau.

8.8    When a student is sick or injured during school time, they must go to the school office. There they will     be assessed and if required collected by their parent/caregiver. In the case of boarders admitted to    the infirmary, under the care of the Matron.


9.1   From Term 1 in 2019, students will only be permitted on weekend leave for three weekends per term. Exeat weekends do not count as one of these weekends.

9.2    No student is permitted to leave the school without permission from thePrincipal, or in her absence a Director.

9.3    Students must be signed out by a staff member before they depart.

9.4    Oweekdays, or during the weekends, students may only be granted ‘Day Leave’ as specified by a Director, Assistant Director or the Principal.

9.5    ‘Day Leave’ on weekdays is limited to a few hours following 3:30 pm, provided a student does not  have any co-curricula commitments.  All students must be signed back in before 8:30 pm. If a student requires overnight leave during weekdays, this needs to be granted by the Principal prior.

9.6    ‘Day Leave’ on weekends, will be approved by the Director, or the Assistant Director. No student is  allowed out beyond 8:30pm on Saturdays, or 6:00 pm on Sundays.

9.7    Applications for ‘Weekend Leave’ must be received prior to 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the proposed weekend leave.

9.8    All departure and return details must be received by the Hostel Office, prior to 12noon on Friday.  Any changes after this time negate the Hostel’s ability to do a pick-up or drop off.  Hence, travel to and from the drop off/pick up venue will be the responsibility of the parents/caregivers and not the Hostel.

9.9    Students granted weekend leave, are not permitted to leave the college prior to 3:30pm on Friday and are to be signed back in before 6:00 pm on Sunday.

9.10  Meals will be saved only for students returning by public transport between 5:00 pm and 6:00pm on Sunday.

9.11   Parents/caregivers of those students returning from leave after 6:00 pm on Sundays, must seek permission from the Director of Living for their son’s late return back to the hostel.

9.12   Can all Bus departures be made from Feilding or Palmerston North please. All returns by bus into Feilding

9.12  ‘Compulsory Exeat Leave’ requires parents/caregivers to arrange for their son to be absent from the Living Environment and School.  In 2019, the Compulsory Exeat Leave weekends will be on 31 May  (Queen’s Birthday Weekend)- departure after school and return between 2-6pm, and also 25 October for Labour weekend.  (more details to follow )

9.13  Departure and return travel details for all Compulsory Exeat Leave is to be forwarded to the Director of Living, no later than one full working week prior to the leave.

9.14  Late returns will be treated similar to those returning late from weekend leave (refer to 9.7, 9.9, 9.10)


9.15  Outside of Weekend, Day or Exeat Leave only the Principal can approve ‘Special Leave’ and all requests for this leave must be made to the Principal at the earliest opportunity.


10.1  All students are required to have an EFTPOS card.

10.2  The lending of money, and sharing of PIN numbers is prohibited.

10.3  Students must not leave sums of money in their lockers.  Neither the Hostel nor the School will accept any responsibility for any money lost or mislaid.

10.4  Students can place money in the Hostel safe, this is signed in and out. If a students wishes to make a withdrawal using this system, they must so in a timely fashion, at a time that suits staff, ie not 2 minutes before going on a Town run.


11.1  All students are required to exercise extreme caution at all times in the vicinity of the pool.

11.2  The pool is out of bounds to all students except when supervised swimming is taking place.

11.3  Running on the concrete pool surround or horseplay of any sort is forbidden.

11.4  The pool may only be used outside School hours at such times and subject to such restrictions as specified by the Director of Living or his Assistant.

11.5  No student may swim in the pool outside school hours unless a staff member is present and supervising.

11.6  No bombing or Manus permitted in the pool, If you are caught doing these, you will be asked to leave  the pool indefinetly.

11.7  School Pool rules are clearly on display for all to read.


12.1  Fire escapes and fire escape doors are to be used only during an emergency or a fire drill, and are not to be used at any other time.

12.2  If a student sets off the fire alarm he shall be charged the cost of the fire brigade call-out fee.


Hato Pāora College hasa working CCTV system onsite. The purpose of this is to:

  • discourage would-be vandals
  • make staff and students safer
  • record evidence when our school has an intruder
  • investigate staff/student conduct

Hato Pāora College complies with the legal obligations under the Privacy Act; and will follow best privacy practice.  We have un-intrusive camera locations, which means that cameras are not located in places that intrude on the privacy of individuals.  The person responsible for the operation of the systemis:

Pā Dan Harper from the Living Enviroment.


14.1     Students are not permitted to record staff and or students without their permission; displaying images or sending messages that may offend or harass another person.

14.2     Students are not permitted to create, send, save or share material that may bring the school or a member of its community, into disrepute.

14.3     Students are not permitted to be involved with any form of ‘Electronic Vandalism’ such as the transfer of malicious software.


15.1   The Ask, Tell, Note (ATN) Approach. The day to day management and supervision of students requires staff to make routine requests of students. Such requests would include that students attend to activities of daily Living; behave appropriately; participate positively; contribute co-operatively; maintain routines and uphold the expectations of Hato Pāora College.  Staff will use the Ask, Tell, Note (ATN) Approach to encourage and guide students in achieving this.

Ask            • Staff ask a student to comply with the above expectations.

                   •The staff member will then leave, giving the student a reasonable period of time to


                   •On those rare occasions when a student fails to comply, staff will initiate the next step.

Tell             • If a student does not comply with a request, then staff will ask if there is any good reason why they are not being compliant.

                   •If no good reason is given, the staff will repeat the initial request(s) and tellthe student the likely consequence, should they fail to comply.

                   •Staff will give the student a time frame to comply.

                   •After the second request, if the student id still non-compliant, then staff will initiate the next step.

Note          • Details of the student’s explanation is to be included in the staff member’s note of the incident.

                   •Should the staff member consider that the student’s behaviour warrants removal from the Environmentthey are in, they will instruct the student to report directly to the relevant Director.

                   •The report is to be forwarded to the relevant Director as soon as practicable, but before the end of the school day, or hostel shift.

                   •Hereafter, the Director will place a student on the Steps Programme, determining the entry step.

15.2    The Steps Programme.

Step 1.

  1. Student placed on property improvement duties (school).
  2. Student placed on volunteers board (hostel).

Step 2.

  1. Student is placed on detention (school).
  2. Student placed on restricted outings (hostel).

Step 3.

  1. Parents/caregivers contacted.
  2. Student on daily reporting for 5 consecutive school days (school).
  3. Gated for the next full Saturday and Sunday (hostel).

Step 4.(Establish Goals)

  1. Parents/caregivers contacted.
  2. Student placed on daily conferencefor 7 dayswith the relevant Director.
  3. Parents/Caregivers arrange to meet with their son on the next available weekend and establish a set of goals.

Step 5.(Stand-down – Establish Conditions – Good Behaviour Contract)

  1. Parents contacted about the stand downand requested to arrange for the immediate collection of their son.
  2. Student and his parents/caregivers return and meet with the relevant Director.
  3. Together the student, parents/caregivers and Director establish the conditions of return and sign a Good Behaviour Contract.
  4. Student abides by those conditions.

Step 6.(Suspension – Hui with the Discipline Ohu)

  1. Parents contacted about the suspension and requested to arrange for the immediate collection of their son.
  2. A letter outlining the details given to parents on their arrival.
  3. The relevant Director arranges the Discipline Ohu Hui.
  4. Parents/caregivers contacted and advised of time and date.
  5. Parents/caregivers/student return for the Discipline Ohu Hui.


  • The Discipline Ohu Huiwill proceed with or without the whānau present.
  • If there are no further reports or concerns from the time a student starts on the STEPS Programme then they should only be on the STEPS Programme for a maximum of 7 days.
  • If there are further reports or concerns received within a 7 day period then the Director can move a student on to the next step.

15.3 No student shall consume, sell, purchase, supply, have in his possession or be under the  influence of alcohol, tobacco (or look alike tobacco products such as, but not limited to, e-     cigarettes), illegal drugs, synthetic drugs, R18 legal drugs or party pills, whether or not lawful under the law of New Zealand, while on Hato Pāora College property or under the authority      of the College.

15.4No student is permitted to have in their possession any drug or alcohol paraphernalia while under the authority of the Hato Pāora College Learning and Living Environments.

15.5 No student is permitted to have in their possession or distribute any indecent or pornographic material (whether in a hard-copy or electronic form) are all prohibited.

15.4 Students must not enter or travel in any car driven by any other student at the school.

15.5No student may bring to, or have anymotor vehicle or motorcycle at, or in the vicinity of the      School or Hostel, and available for his use,unless prior arrangement with the Tumuaki.

15.6Any damage to or breakage of School or Hostelproperty must be reported immediately to the Director of Living and the student responsible for the breakage will be liable to pay the        repair costs.

15.7Students must wear some form of covered footwear other than jandals to meals or when in the Wharekai or Chappel.

15.8Students are not permitted to bring fireworks, matches, lighters, firearms, knives or weapons     of any sort into Hato Pāora College.

15.9The kitchenand laundryare out of bounds to students except those with specific duties.

15.10The School and Hostel Office are out of bounds to studentsexcept for the purposes of            speaking with the Director, Matron, or Administration Staff; purchasing equipment or                   stationery; or collecting mail.

15.11No student is permitted inthe Wharekaiduring school time unless he has permission from      aDirector or the Principal.



Subject in all respects tot he approval of the Principal, theDirector of Living may at anytime and from time to time make such regulations that are not inconsistent with these rules for the day to day operation and administration and management of Hato Pāora College Living Environment and the control and conduct of the students enrolled therein.  Such regulations, once promulgated and published, shall have full force and effect as if they were part of the Rules and shall be observed by all students at all times.


Parents/caregivers and students are to keep track of any amendments and updates, as promulgated through Pānui.

Can I request a certain bed or bedroom for my son?

No.  The Hostel Staff put considerablethought and planning into bed/bayallocationsand decisions are always made with all the studentsbest interests at heart.  Every term however, especially in the Junior dorms, students are reallocated to ensure that we allow them the opportunity to live with different students to foster wider friendship groups within the hostel.

Who should I contact if I have an issue with my sons welfare in the Hostel?

In the first instance contactthe Director of Living, if he is unavailable, then you should contact one of the Assistant Directors of Living. (contact details on the App) or the Principal. 

Why am I required to sign in and sign out my son?

It is best practice, to ensure the hand-over from parents/caregivers to staff is transparent and completed.  If students return by public transport, there is no sign in or sign out opportunity, but the supervising Kaitiaki/Dorm Parent will attend to this for our school records.

Who should I ring if my son is not going to be back at the Hostel after a weekend exit or holiday period?

Ring the Assistant Director of Living(Weekend) or the Director of Living.  (A list of phone numbers is included on the back page of the handbook)prior to the 6pm return time on the expected day of return.  Failure to notify a non-return could jeopardise a student’s placement in the hostel or incur additional administrative costs involved in a no-show.

Can my son be signedout of the Hostel if he has commitments or is gated?

Yes, but only under special circumstances (birthdays, family gatherings and alike) and only if it is arranged well in advance.  Do not expect automatic approval for this type of request.

Can students from other Dorms enter my sons dorm ?

No, only School prefects are permitted to enter your sons dorm.

What is the procedure for applying for an early departure date from School during the school term?. (This is Special Leave)

You need to send an email well in advance of your requestto the Principal ( its helpful to also copy-in to that communication the Director of Learning and Director of Living.  Leave from the School can only be granted by the Principal.

How do you handle negative behaviour?

Please refer to the ATR Approach and the STEPS Programme on Pages 28 and 29.

If myson is struggling academically, who do I speak to?

Please contact your son’s Dean in the first instance:

How will my son get to his sports game in the weekend?

  • Provided your son is playing for a school team or a representative team of a school-sanctioned sport, the LivingEnvironmentwill organise transport to and from game venues.
  • No students are permitted to drive to or from school, unless accompanied by their parent/caregiver.

When visitingoursonwhoshould we seeon arrival?

As a matter of courtesy, please see the Director or Assistant Director of Living, or the Matron when you are on site.  One of them are likely to be in the hostel office or otherwise, walking around the school complex.

Is my son allowed mobile phone in the Hostel?

Yes, but there are certain times when the phone must be handed in and/or turned off, eg: in Chapel, in the Wharekai, and during Study.  Failure to adhere to these rules will see the mobile phone confiscated for a period of time and repeat offences will see the mobile phone sent home for the remainder of the term or year.

Phone Consequenses :

  1. If the student has two phones, he will lose this for the remainder of term (Minimum 6 weeks)
  2. If the student has not handed his phone in onto the phone board at the end of the day, then if they are found with this phone it will be confiscated for 3 weeks
  3. If a student is found again with two phones, confiscated for remainder of year
  4. If the student is found with phone again outside of permitted times, then confiscation for remainder of Term (minimum 6 weeks)

If Icannot getholdofmyson on his mobilephone who should Iring?

Call the Director of Livingor the relevant Assistant Director of Living, they will then get hold of your son and he will return your call.  We highly recommend that parents/caregivers set up an 0800 number for their son so they can phone you, should they not have a mobile phone or use of one.

How much weekly pocketmoneyshould Igivemyson?

Thisisatthediscretionoftheparents.  Studentsshould havetheirownEFT-POScards. A realistic weekly amount would be $10 – $30.

Can we send foodparcels toourson?

Yes.  Yoursonhasalocker where he can store any parcels from home although we do ask that food parcels are be kept in an air-tight container.  He is also to supplya padlock to lock his locker with and we encourage our students to lock their lockers at all times.  Address all parcels to your son, c/-Hato Pāora College, 1314 Kimbolton Road, RD 7, FEILDING 4777.

Myson has special dietary needs.Can Hato Pāora College cater forthis?

Yes, the Kitchen Staffcan cater for different diets, as long as this requirement was declared on your son’s original application form and thekitchen is informed of this in advance

Can my sonbring his X-Box/PS4/bike/Scooter/Skateboard to school?

X-Box and PS4 type games are only allowed in the Years 12 & 13 Common Rooms, these games must not enter any dorms or class rooms. No bikes,scooters, skateboards permitted.

Do I need to insure my sons belongings?

Please remember that there is NO insurance cover of personal property and it is the parents’ responsibility to provide insurance for their son’s personal effects whilst at Hato Pāora College.  We recommend that each family obtain their own All Risks policy.

Can my son still train with aclub team?

School teams take priority over all other external teams or clubs. If permission is granted by the Director of Livingor Principal, parents/caregivers must then take responsibility for transporting the student to participate in that training/activity.

Can my son go for runs in the morning?

Allstudents can go for early morning runs butthey must always run with at least one other.  All students must remain on the school property and seek permission from the Director of Livingto run down the main entrance drive.


  • For Coughs & Colds: Vicks vapour rub, Paracetamol, Lemsip
  • For Sore Throats : Cough syrup, mouth wash (salt water gargle) and lozenges (kurols).
  • For Insect Bites: Antihistamine cream and tablets, insect repellent
  • For Sun Block / Sunburn Relief: Cream or Gel(Aloe Vera)
  • To prevent sore ears:during the swimming season – ear plugs
  • Basics: plasters, Betadinefirst aid antiseptic liquidor tea tree cream/oil, nail clippers, lip balm (pawpaw / blistex)
  • For Sore Muscles / Sports Injury: deep heat or anti-inflammatory cream, brace support (ankle, knee, elbow, shoulders), ibuprofen cream / tablets
  • For Mouth/Teeth protection: All students musthave a mouth guard and a spare.
  • For Acne: Face washand cream
  • For Eczema: no-soap wash and cream/s

What should he have in his toilet bag

  • Bodywash
  • Shampooand conditioner
  • Tooth Paste
  • Tooth Brush/es
  • Combor hairbrush
  • Shaving razors, shaving creamand/or balm
  • Roll on deodorant
  • Face and Body moisturiser

Personal medication for ongoing health conditions

The hostel office must always have spare medication in the student’s personal medication boxes for Asthma, Hayfever, and Allergies.

When students need top up medication you will be sent a reminderfor you to organise a script to be sent to our local pharmacy:Feilding Health Pharmacy: Phone: 06-560-1025 or Fax 06-560-1026

Complaints about non-compliance with Education Hostels Regulations or conditions of the Licence obtained under the Regulations should be put in writing to the Principal or the Chairperson of the Hato Pāora College Trust Board.

Procedure forresolving complaints

1.      Within 5 working days:

         TheTrust Board Chair or delegate representing the Trust Board will

•        send an acknowledgement letter of receipt to the complainant

•        inform the complainant of anrelevant internal complaint procedures

•        send copy of all information held by Hato Pāora College that is or mabe relevant to the complaint

•        decide whether the complaint is justified in accordance with regulation 69 ofthe Education(Hostels) Regulations2005.

2.      Within 10 working days after acknowledging receipt of the complaint:

         TheTrust Board or the person representing theTrust Board will

•        Decide that the complaint is or is not justified or

•        Decide that additional time is needed to investigate the complaint.  In this case theTrust Board Chair must determine how much additional time is needed and decide as soon as practicable whether the complaint is justified. If the additional time required to investigate the complaint is more than 20 working days,the Trust Board must inform the complainant as soon as practicable of the fact of,and reasons forthe determination and that the Trust Board is required t odecide as soon as practicable whether the complaint is justified.

3.      After making decision:

         TheTrust Board must inform the complainant of

•          The reason for the decision,that the complaintisjustifiedor not; and

•          Anactions theTrust Board proposes to take; and

•          Anprocedure the Trust Board has in place to enable consideration of an appeal by the complainant against the Trust Board’s decision on the complaint; and

•          The role of anrelevant external agency that mabe available to assist the complainant or to investigate the complaint if it is not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction.

For parents, being removed from your son and his education can be a frustrating experience as you are often left out of the loop when it comes to receiving information.  At Hato Pāora College, we strive for effective communication to enable us to work together for the betterment of the students.

We are contactable by email or phone at anytime, do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have a question or concern please feel free to discuss this with a Director or Principal.  The contact details here in are designed to guide you to the right person if you are unsure of who to contact.  If your email is not actioned, or the outcome is not satisfactory, contact the Director of Living or the Principal directly.

Matron Contact Details

Matron:  Wh.Diana Hayden

(06) 328 9731 extension 703 

  • Contact if your son will not be returning because of illness or injury after leave, holidays, or an Exeat OR if you wish to discuss some matter of a medical or personal nature.