Manawatu College - Haere I Tou Kaha - Personal Best



Manawatū College is a Year 9 to 13 state co-educational school of approximately 330 students in a semi-rural setting in Southern Manawatū – Northern Horowhenua. The College provides a progressive and innovative education in a caring, supportive and encouraging environment.

The College is a decile two school with a mix of socio-economic levels. 54% of our students are Pakeha and 45% are Māori.  Students are drawn from the settlements of Foxton and Foxton Beach, Shannon, Himatangi Beach, Oroua Downs, and Bainesse and the rural areas in between. A number of students are also travelling from Levin and as far away as Paraparaumu.


Manawatū College welcomes all learners to our school community. We are committed to their engagement in all school activities and to their individual achievements and personal bests.

* Revised 15 April 2013


Our students succeeding together in a caring and supportive environment.

How does this happen?

Students succeed together because Manawatū College works in partnership with whānau and the community to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, self esteem and attitudes needed to
adapt to an increasingly changing world.  We view learning as being enjoyable, challenging and meaningful so that our students are inspired to become highly motivated and active participants in the learning process.

This is expressed in our motto: Haere I tou kaha – Personal Best

Students are supported as we embed a culture of success by actively encouraging and celebrating academic, leadership, cultural and sporting achievement. Restorative processes will address behavioural issues in a way designed to "put things right” and strengthen relationships.  This allows students to learn and develop the skills required for personal and collective development.

Students are cared for within our MANA programme where respect is the key value. The MANA programme is alive in every classroom, every relationship, every communication and in our environment. Our focus is on the changing and varying needs of every student. We celebrate our diversity, seeing it as a strength and as a powerful tool for educating the whole person and growing good citizens who celebrate life, accept differences
and develop into active, independent and caring New Zealanders.



We at Manawatū College acknowledge and value the cultural values and beliefs and whakapapa (genealogy) of all parts of the school community. Recognition is given to mana whenua (whānau, hapū and iwi with chieftainship of land*), and relationships are developed and maintained with them and other local tangata
whenua (Māori) roopu (collectives).

We encourage the participation of tangata whenua in the governance and management of the school and ensure equity in the distribution of resources, the achievement of students, the employment of staff and decision
making on all matters. We are committed to promoting and supporting the preservation and development of te reo me ona tikanga Māori and ensure the protection of these, and other taonga (treasures) of tangata whenua.

Opportunities are created to share understandings between the two parties to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and promote kotahitanga (unity) amongst the school and wider community.

* Ngāti Takihiku, Ngāti Ngarongo, Ngāti Hinemata, Ngāti Rakau, Ngāti Turanga, Ngāti Te Au, Ngāti Whakatere, Ngāti Kikopiri, Ngāti Pareraukawa of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga