Rongotai College

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Rongotai College
170 Coutts Street
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Coordinates 41°19′S 174°48′E / 41.317°S 174.800°E / -41.317; 174.800Coordinates: 41°19′S 174°48′E / 41.317°S 174.800°E / -41.317; 174.800
Funding type State
Motto Lumen Accipe et Imperti
(Receive the Light and Pass it on)
Established 1928
Ministry of Education Institution no. 277
Principal Kevin Carter
Years offered 9–13
Gender Boys
Song Non Nobis Domine
School roll 706[1] (August 2018)

Rongotai College is a state single-sex boys' secondary school in the southeastern suburb of Rongotai, Wellington, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18), the school has 622 students as of July 2015.[2]

About 40 per cent of the students are of European heritage, 20 per cent identify as Pasifika, and 15 per cent Maori, and there are various Middle Eastern, Asian and African students.

A highlight for the school is the annual McEvedy Shield athletics event.


The school stands on the isthmus separating Lyall Bay and Cook Strait to the south from Evans Bay on Wellington Harbour to the north. It thus has the sea on two sides, and this gives it a particularly bracing microclimate, with gusty winds from the north and, in winter, icy blasts from the south. It is bounded to the east by Wellington Airport. Wellington's city centre is a few kilometres to the north-west.


Rongotai College was opened in 1928 with Mr Fritz Martyn Renner as its first headmaster and a teaching staff of seven. It was started as an "overspill" for Wellington College, which was overstretched, and Rongotai became the new school for Wellington boys in the eastern suburbs.[3]

Rongotai College originally accepted enrolments from students of Intermediate School age. However, when Evans Bay Intermediate School opened its doors in 1964, the school became purely a secondary school, catering for young men in what are now called years 9 to 13.

The Assembly Hall, known as the Renner Hall, was opened in 1968 and is named after the founding headmaster.


The 2013 ERO report was favourable whilst pointing out areas for improvement, for example in monitoring achievement and attendance levels.[4]

School leadership


Period Principal
1928 - 1945 Mr Fritz Martyn Renner
1946 - 1954 Mr H.A. Heron
1954 - 1964 Mr A.E. Lock
1964 - 1982 Mr Noel Mackay
1982 - 1992 Mr A.D. Powell
1992 - 2009 Mr Graeme Jarratt
2009–present Mr Kevin Carter


The four houses at Rongotai College are named after the school's first four headmasters:

  • Renner (Red)
  • Heron (Blue)
  • Lock (Green)
  • Mackay (Yellow)

Notable alumni

Dates denote period enrolled as student

The Arts


  • Dr Barry Dent (1973-1977) - CEO of BDG Synthesis, ( organic chemistry)
  • Professor Alex Malahoff (1951-1956) - pioneered use of submersibles to explore submarine volcanoes, CEO of GNS Science 2002-2012
  • Tony Mahon (1947–52) - built a reputation for his extensive research on geothermal energy; awarded Joseph Aidlin Award
  • Dr Campbell Nelson FRSNZ (1957–61) - ex-Professor of Earth Studies at Waikato University, awarded 2004 Hutton medal by the Royal Society


Politics and public service






Rugby League

Rugby Union


  • Derek Froude (1973–1977) – represented New Zealand in the men's marathon, at the Olympics in 1984 and 1992
  • Paul Lloyd (1979–1984) – represented New Zealand in the men's 110m Hurdles, at the Commonwealth Games, Auckland in 1990


  • Al Hobman dec. – former professional wrestler, trainer and promoter


  • Greg Wilcox (1974–1978) – former New Zealand world champion yachtsman OK Dinghy class


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Schools - Education Counts". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Rongotai College History". Rongotai College Website. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  4. ^

External links

  • Education Review Office (ERO) reports for Rongotai College
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