Huanui College - 04/06/2014


On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Huanui College meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

1. Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989, requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review fully registered private schools, and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for full registration.

This review report was prepared in accordance with standard procedures approved by the Chief Review Officer.

Huanui College is a fully registered, private, co-educational school located in Glenbervie, near Whangarei. It opened in 2010 with 75 students in Years 7 to 9 and now has 236 students from Years 7 to 13. The school is managed by an advisory board, which includes the founder and principal. Clearly stated values and principles guide school operations.

2. Criteria for Registration

The college meets the requirement to have a suitable curriculum. Its curriculum is based on the Cambridge International Curriculum and incorporates aspects of The New Zealand Curriculum to reflect New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

Students are encouraged to strive for individual excellence in their academic subjects as well as in many co-and extra-curricular activities, including sport, performing arts and other opportunities for education outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to develop the life skills of caring for themselves, others and the environment. They have opportunities for leadership and community service. The school has forged links with nearby Pehiaweri marae. This year, after extensive consultation with the community, te reo Māori was introduced as a language option for Years 7 to 9 students. The school’s curriculum is detailed for parents on the school website and in subject handbooks.

Student progress and achievement is regularly assessed and reported to parents. Cambridge Checkpoint examination results at the end of Year 9 in mathematics, English and science have steadily improved. Pass rates in Cambridge IGCSE for Years 10 and 11 students in 2012 and 2013 are high. Results in Cambridge International A Levels are improving.

The school has suitable standards of tuition. It has a settled, well managed learning environment. Students are encouraged to be punctual, self-disciplined and supportive of each other’s learning. Classes have no more than 25 students. This enables students to receive individual attention and support. Students access additional support through lunchtime and after school tutorials. Parents are encouraged to support and participate in their children’s learning. Some high quality teaching practices foster student interest, learning and achievement.

The school is suitably staffed to provide for small class sizes and to promote high quality teaching. Care is taken to appoint staff who have the knowledge, skills and commitment to enable students to achieve high levels of personal excellence. All teachers are registered with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council. Teacher professional development is linked to their annual appraisal and the delivery of the school’s curriculum. Provisionally registered teachers are well supported. A process is being put in place for the principal’s annual performance appraisal. The school continues to build on its expectations of best teaching practice at Huanui College to benefit all teachers and to extend teachers’ bicultural knowledge and awareness.

The school has suitable premises and equipment for its current roll and curriculum delivery. Since ERO’s visit in 2010, another classroom block and full-sized gymnasium have been built. All weather courts enhance the outdoor sports facilities. Another two-storey classroom block is expected to be completed in 2014, as well as expansion of the staffroom and administration areas. Classrooms are well equipped. Science and information technology resources have increased to support teaching and learning.

The well planned, functional premises and attractive campus with its mature trees and rural outlook provide a high quality environment promoting excellence in teaching and learning.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3. Other Statutory Obligations

There are good systems in place for the school’s managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4. Other Matters

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.

At the time of this review, three international students were attending the school. These students are the first international students to attend Huanui College. The school supports their learning and wellbeing effectively and has set up appropriate monitoring systems to ensure compliance with the Code.


On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Huanui College meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Dale Bailey National Manager Review Services Northern Region

4 June 2014

About the School


Glenbervie, Whangarei

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Secondary (Years 7 to 15)

School roll


Number of international students


Gender composition

Boys 56% Girls 44%

Ethnic composition


NZ European/Pākehā

Other European






Review team on site

April 2014

Date of this report

4 June 2014

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