Tereora College

Tereora College
PO Box 107
Coordinates21°12′19″S 159°48′26″W / 21.2053°S 159.80713°W / -21.2053; -159.80713Coordinates: 21°12′19″S 159°48′26″W / 21.2053°S 159.80713°W / -21.2053; -159.80713
MottoCook Islands Māori: Kia Toa
(Be Brave)
Established1895 / 1954
PrincipalTania Morgan
Years offered9-13
School roll760[1]

Tereora College is a secondary school in Nikao, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. It is the oldest secondary school in the Cook Islands and the national college of the Cook Islands for Year 9-13 students.

The school was first established in 1895 by the London Missionary Society. It closed in 1911 by the New Zealand colonial administration.[2] It was re-opened in 1954 as a public school.[3] The junior school offers the Cook Islands National Curriculum, while the senior school offers levels 1 - 3 of the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

The school buildings were built in the 1950s,[3] but by 2015 were old and damp.[4] In 2015 during the celebrations of the Cook Islands' 50th anniversary of self-government, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced an $11.7 million gift to redevelop the college.[4] The redevelopment was to be designed by two former students who had studied architecture in New Zealand, and run in partnership with the Cook Islands investment Corporation.[5] New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened stage one of the redevelopment in March 2018.[6][7]

A book on the early history of the school, Below the Bluff at Nikao, was published in 1995.[8]

Jacinda Ardern opening Tereora College redevelopment in 2018

School Anau

The school groups students into four anau each named for a mountain on Rarotonga:[9]

Te Kou
Te Manga

Students stay in the same anau class for their whole time at school.[10]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Students". Tereroa College. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  2. ^ Sissons, Jeffrey (1999). Nation and Destination: Creating Cook Islands Identity. Rarotonga: University of the South Pacific. pp. 13–14. ISBN 982-315-002-8.
  3. ^ a b Richard Gilson (1980). The Cook Islands, 1820-1950. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 214 fn. ISBN 0-7055-0735-1.
  4. ^ a b Jo Moir (5 August 2015). "Kiwi cash boost for ageing Rarotonga school". Stuff. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Tereora College Redevelopment Plan". Cook Islands Investment Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Buildings officially opened". Cook Islands News. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Tereora College welcomes PM Ardern". TeAoMāori.News. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Below the bluff at Nikao". Pacific Islands Monthly. Vol. 65, no. 9. 1 September 1995. p. 57. Retrieved 9 August 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Anau". Tereroa College. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Tereora adopts anau system". Cook Islands News. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
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