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About Hato Pāora

Our School

Tō tātou kura

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 HE TAPAPA RANGATIRA (Leaders for Tomorrow) in its students who attend the school from all tribal regions throughout the country.

The Core Purpose Of The College

The core purpose of the College is education. This empowers the community to maximise its collective and individual potential, and to nurture the whole person – spirituality, intellectually, physically, artistically, socially and emotionally.

The foundation of everything we do is based on our dual special character of Māoritanga and our Catholic faith. We predicate the delivery of our special character on the ideals of Mana Tangata and Angitū. It is our hope that the special character of our school is evident in the conduct, respect, pride, responsibility of our young men. For our whānau, RESPONSIBILITY means “the pursuit of excellence in the way the students at Hato Pāora College conduct their lives.” We strive to teach and develop in our young men the example of confidence, character, spirit, integrity, culture, discipline, warmth, leadership, standards, pride, respect, and strength.

Our School’s Vision

"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 Māori and Catholic values; to encourage and nurture a climate of achievement and success now and in the future.


Māori culture is our core value and we provide an environment, both living and learning, that is grounded in tikanga and matauranga Māori. Tauira learn through their participation in tikanga Māori as an integral part of living at the College.


Spirituality is a founding value of the College. This is enacted through deliberate daily practice and worship. This spirituality incorporates our founding Marist Charism, the Catholic faith and our Māori culture.


We challenge and support our tauira to have high personal expectations of achievement across all facets of College life. We want well rounded graduates that have the tools to succeed culturally, academically, socially and in sporting endeavours.

Mana Tangata

Mana enhancing behaviours based on respect and responsibility are fundamental to life at the College. Tauira learn how to live and behave, based on Mana Tangata, through the values of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga.

Te Tumuaki
Dr. Nathan Matthews

As the Tumuaki, and an Old Boy, I am wholly committed to providing an educational environment that maximises the opportunity and potential for success of all students of the College. A kura that promotes each student's cultural identity, supports their development as young Māori men, provides a safe living environment, and aligns with their whānau educational aspirations.

Old boys helping to guide the next generation of men.

Our Old Boys are integral to our kura community. Many serve on our two boards and work in the kura and the hostel. We maintain strong links with the Old Boys Association to help provide support to our tauira and our kura events.

If you are an Old Boy of the kura and want to connect with the Old Boys Association please email and we will send the contact details through to you.