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Massey High School

Massey High School
Māori: Kimihia nga maunga tei tei
Seek the heights
274 Don Buck Road
Type Co-ed state secondary, year 9-13
Established 1969
Ministry of Education Institution no. 43
Principal Glen Denham
School roll 1959[1] (July 2015)
Socio-economic decile 5

Massey High School is a co-educational state secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand established in 1969. The school is located on the western edge of the city, giving it a blend of suburban and rural students. It has experienced significant roll growth over the past few years and is now the 12th largest school in New Zealand. In 2009 it was rated decile 5 .[2]


  • History 1
    • Westgate Collegiate 1.1
  • Demographics 2
    • Bilingual Unit 2.1
    • International Students 2.2
  • Five Schools System 3
    • Management team 3.1
  • Student academic achievements 4
  • The Arts 5
  • Sports/Culture 6
    • Netball 6.1
    • Rugby Union 6.2
    • Cycling 6.3
    • Hockey 6.4
    • Curling 6.5
    • Basketball 6.6
    • Badminton 6.7
    • Dance 6.8
    • Golf 6.9
    • Music 6.10
    • Rugby League 6.11
    • Softball 6.12
    • Theatre Sports 6.13
    • Wrestling 6.14
    • Individual Success (national honours) 6.15
  • Notable alumni 7
    • Academia 7.1
    • Entertainment 7.2
    • Military 7.3
    • Sport 7.4
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Established in 1969, the school was initially based at Henderson High School until the buildings on the current site at Don Buck Road were completed in 1970. Initially the school had a rural makeup but as the city of Auckland spread to the west and north the school experienced significant roll growth and an increase in suburban students. In order to accommodate this large roll growth the school had to make use of prefabricated class rooms dotted around the campus.

The school is structurally a "Nelson 2H" school, like most New Zealand secondary schools built in the 1960s. The Nelson 2H is characterised by its two-storey H-shaped classroom blocks, with stairwells at each end of the block and a large ground floor toilet and cloak area on one side.[3] Massey High School has three Nelson 2H blocks.

In 2003 the school began a comprehensive campus development programme to bring facilities up to date, opening the Bruce Candy Science Centre, a three story complex with dedicated specialist labs for physics, biology, chemistry, electronics and horticulture. Classroom allocation was streamlined in 2003 to create dedicated buildings for each department, with buildings being specifically dedicated to English, international languages, mathematics, computing and commerce, art, and history.

The Science Centre was followed in 2004 by the Jack Adam Gymnasium (the second gymnasium on campus), as well as a refurbished swimming pool and athletics complex. A new technology building was completed in 2005 offering specially designed rooms for wood, fabric and metal technologies as well as automotive studies.

In July 2008 MHS was the venue for the launching of the Ministry of Health's Food and Beverage Classification System for New Zealand schools and early childhood education.[4]

In 2008 the school celebrated its 40th anniversary. Honored with a Massey High School Alumni Award were Jack Adam, Dr Robert Dunlop, Professor Paul Moon, Brigadier Timothy Keating, Linda Vagana and Philippa Boyens.[5]

In 2009 the Uniform Committee made up of representatives from staff, students, parents and the Board of Trustees approved a newly redesigned uniform with a more modern feel, all students should be in the new uniform by 2011.

A new Performing Arts Centre was opened in 2011.[5]

In December 2014, Bruce Ritchie retired from his role as Principal of Massey High School. From 2015, Glen Denham became the new Principal of Massey High School.

Westgate Collegiate

In 2005 it was made public that the school had conducted research into the possibility of turning the school into a collegiate. The project, dubbed Westgate Collegiate, would split the school into a Junior College (year 9-11), to be located on the existing refurbished grounds, and a Senior College (year 12-14), to be based on an entirely new campus planned for land adjacent to the existing school. The Senior College will offer an appropriate blend of secondary and tertiary programmes. Massey High School, the University of Auckland and Unitec have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the project. The school is currently in negotiations with the Ministry of Education for approval, funding and a timeframe for the project. Westgate Collegiate would be the first of its kind in New Zealand. As of 2010 the Collegiate project has been significantly overhauled to take into account the construction of a new high school in the area, Hobsonville Point Secondary School, which would take over much of Massey High School's service area east of the Northwestern Motorway.


Massey High School's ethnic makeup is one of the most diverse in New Zealand, with over twenty languages spoken by the school's students. As of 2009 the school's ethnic composition was as follows:[6]

  • NZ European 40%
  • Maori 23%
  • Samoan 8%
  • Indian 4%
  • Chinese 2%
  • Cook Island Maori 2%
  • Tongan 2%
  • South East Asian 2%
  • Fijian 1%
  • Niuean 1%
  • other Asian 5%
  • other European 4%
  • other Pacific 2%
  • other 4%.

Bilingual Unit

In 2005 the school introduced a bilingual unit with instruction taught in both English and Te Reo Maori. Subjects are studied with a Maori focus. The programme is restricted to select students who must meet academic requirements, regardless of ethnic background. The school launched the programme in response to what has been perceived as huge needs, opportunities and a growing demand in the public and private sector of New Zealand for students who are equipped with bicultural skills through a comprehensive education in Te Reo Maori.

International Students

The school has around 50 full-time international students, and actively markets itself overseas to prospective students. Tuition fees for international students are NZ$3,500 per term if studying less than a year, or NZ$12,000 for a full year's tuition. The school also assists with accommodation and travel to and from Auckland Airport.

Five Schools System

Because of the school's roll growth, the decision was made in 2003 to split the school into five smaller, separate homogeneous groups. Each school is led by two School Deans and comprise a mixture of classes from Year 9 to Year 13. School Deans have their offices in the physical body of their school so that direct pastoral care can be delivered. The intention of the grouping is to improve pastoral care and encourage a sense of belonging, by providing a small school atmosphere within a large school. The role of the form teacher as the significant adult in a student's school life is enhanced. Each school has an assembly once a week, and participates as a group for sporting, cultural and social activities. They compete against each other in sports and other events throughout the year with a cup being awarded to the winning school.The schools also each hold a school senate, in which elected students represent their classes at forums to discuss issues relating to their school specifically.[7]

The five schools are named after West Coast beaches of the local area:

Management team

The management team oversees the general day-to-day running of the school.
Principal: Mr G Denham
Associate Principal: Mr M Jones
Deputy Principals: Mr J Tinling, and Mrs P Cranston

Student academic achievements

In 2007 Sam Jackson was chosen to represent John Key for the opposition National Party at the New Zealand Youth Parliament with Daisy Hunter chosen to represent Labour MP, Lynne Pillay.[8] Joanna Kenerley was awarded first in Accounting Scholarship for New Zealand in 2009.[9] In 2008 former head boy and Dux Harry Aitken was awarded a NZ Education and Scholarship Trust (NZEST) Scholarship for NCEA exam success.[10] In 2010 Jai Min Choi and Lujia Xu were selected to represent the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Team to compete in the 42nd International Olympiad to be held in Tokyo.

The Arts

Massey High School runs an annual theatrical production. Past shows have included 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Fame', 'Cabaret', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease' and 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'. The school also runs an annual Arts Week, in which students and the community are encouraged to participate in the arts. Arts Weeks features daily events including theatrical shows, choir and orchestral performances, musical performances by student bands, an art exhibition. Arts Week concludes with the yearly talent quest known as Showcase. The annual Massey Fashion Show takes place a few weeks later and showcases student designers and models.

Media Studies is a rapidly growing subject at Massey and students are invited to create short films for screening at the annual Moscars Film Festival. At the screening night awards are given out for acting and production by special guests from the film and television industry.

A new Performing Arts Centre was opened in 2011 featuring a 500-seat theatre, cafe and lobby. The Centre has one of the best pianos in New Zealand, a Fazioli 228, valued at $180000, which was anonymously donated in 2011. The venue and piano have attracted pianists of the calibre of Michael Houstoun and Matteo Napoli. The school has also hosted international and national artists, such as guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and opera singers Pene and Amitai Pati, and Moses Mackay. .[5]


Massey High School has a very successful sports programme, with its renowned Sports Academy accepting new students each year. The Sports Academy supports young athletes by providing facilities and coaching to help students reach their goals. Sports facilities include two gymnasia, a swimming pool, movement studio, tennis facility, weights room, cricket pitches, two rugby fields and three soccer fields. An annual athletics day is held as a competition between the five schools where all students partake in athletic activities for their school.

Massey High School also embarks on bi-annual overseas sporting trips, including a rugby tour of the UK and Europe in 2004, a rugby and netball tour of South Africa in 2006, a tour of Canada and the USA in 2008 which included rugby, netball, girls' and boys' badminton and girls' and boys' hockey teams,[11] and a tour of Argentina in 2011 involving Rugby and Hockey teams.

The Massey High School Annual Golf Tournament is held yearly at Huapai Golf Club to support the Sports Department. In 2008 the tournament raised $17,000 for the school.[12]


The Premier Netball team were the New Zealand secondary school champions in 2005 and 2006. This was the first time a NZ secondary school team had won back to back national titles. The team has featured notable players such as Linda Vagana, Paula Griffin and Catherine Latu.

Rugby Union

The Massey High School rugby system has produced many of the games stars and has a close relationship with the Massey Rugby Club. The 1st XV have been prominent in North Harbour Secondary Schools rugby for many seasons. The school has a strong and lively rivalry with many schools, the largest of these being with Westlake Boys. The team plays its home games at nearby Moire Park. They shared the North Harbour Secondary School title with Takapuna Grammar in 2007 after the two teams drew 15-15 in the final at North Harbour Stadium. They finished runners up in 2009 after earlier in the season winning the North Harbour Sevens title. In 2011 they became the North Harbour champions defeating Rosmini College in the final. The Girls rugby team has won the North Harbour title in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The 1st XV have also toured different countries including a Six Nations Tour (2004), a tour of South Africa (2006), U.S.A and Canada (2008), South America (2011) and Italy and France (2012). They were the winners of the I.S.F International tournament held in Argentina in 2011, after defeating a South African High School 19-7 in the final.[13]


Massey has produced numerous national representative riders in the past two decades and enjoyed a great deal of team success. The Junior Boys team won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Time Trial title in 1993. The Senior Girls won their first New Zealand Team Time Trial Title in 1994. The team finished off 1994 at the top of New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling by winning the Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Girls, and Senior Boys New Zealand Individual Cycling Championships. In 1995 Massey High School began to dominate New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling. The Senior Girls successfully defended their Auckland and National Titles and the Senior Boys won the New Zealand Title.

In 1996 the Senior Boys were undefeated through the year, won the Auckland Points Series, the Auckland Championships, the Auckland Handicap Series (it was only the second time one team had won all three titles), the North Island Championships, and the New Zealand Team Time Trial Championships. The Senior Girls completed a hat-trick for them in retaining their New Zealand Secondary Schools Cycling Title. Individually the following students have all represented New Zealand at school or club level, Vanessa Cheatley, Jon-Paul Hendriksen, George Fuge, Kirsty Robb, Gordon Bearman, Windy Rodokal, Marina Duvnjak, Jarrod Scott, Wade Rose, Lisa Haynes, and Brian Good.[14]

In 2011 Mayor Len Brown presented the school with a cheque for $2,000 to 'Massey Cycling' which he described as the "future of New Zealand cycling".[15] Sammy Croft was selected to the Under 17 New Zealand Development Squad for track cycling at the age of 14.[16]


The 1st XI Mens Field Hockey team rose to prominence in 2005 winning the North Harbour Premier Division, beating current National Champions Westlake Boys High and rivals Rangitoto College. Former notable members of the winning team include NZ U21 & U18 representative Raynesh Smith, and NZU16 representatives Yashvant Masters and Sanjay Smith.


The boys curling team won the Auckland and North Island Championship in 2007 and finished 3rd in the National Championship in the same year. The mixed curling team won the North Island Championship in 2011.


The Premier Boys Basketball team has won the western zone championship three years in a row in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008 they went unbeaten and are so far unbeaten in the 2009 season. The Premier Girls Basketball team has produced many national representatives, the most prominent of which is Chevannah Palvaast who is currently playing for Monmouth University in the United States on a scholarship. In 2011, the Under 17's Boys, Under 17's Girls and Premier boys won their respective competitions, defeating Lynfield College in all three finals at the Trusts Stadium.


The Premier Girls Badminton team won the New Zealand Secondary Schools title in 2006.


The Bring it On dance crew won the Auckland Championship for the first time in 2011. They were runners up in 2012 before finishing 3rd in 2013.


Tadgh Campbell won the NZ Under 17 Championship in 2013. Despite the age difference he also came second in the New Zealand under 19 championship. He was earlier selected to play in the World Under 15s Golf Championship in Jakarta and was placed 16th in the world.


The Massey High School choir won the top award for performance of a New Zealand work (one of the top three awards) at the Auckland Regional Big Sing choral festival and competition in 2011. They were competing against 58 other Auckland choirs. The work was an original composition by the then head boy, Metitilani Alo, entitled "Ave Lo'u Ola", which incorporated Maori karanga and haka, with traditional Samoan sa'a and European vocal style. In 2010 and 2012, the school choir also performed works at the Big Sing Gala night composed by students of the school. Massey High School students have enjoyed success in choral composition at the Sounz NZCF Choral Composition Competition, notably Joshua Tagaloa, whose four part motet "Dominus qui Ductor" gained third place in 2011; and Richard Wills' four part motet "Popule Meus" which placed in the top six nationally, gaining a highly commended award. Joshua Tagaloa also gained an Outstanding Scholarship in Music in 2011, with a total score of 23/24. He entered the scholarship exam as a composer.

Massey High School has become the music venue of West Auckland, with the donation of a Fazioli 228 concert grand piano, valued at $180000. With this piano and the new award winning Performing Arts auditorium, the college has attracted artists such as Michael Houstoun and Matteo Napoli, along with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Symphony Orchestra.

Rugby League

In 2009 the Massey High School 1st VIII won the Auckland Under 85 kg rugby league title after finishing runners up in 2008. The team also finished runners up in the North Harbour Secondary Schools competition in 2009 and 2010 in the 85 kg grade. In 2011 Massey won the Open Weight Grade in the North Harbour competition defeating reigning champions Westlake Boys High School 38-8. The Massey 1st VIII were runners up for the NH title in 2012. They won the NH Under 15 competition in 2013.


In 2011 the Massey High School boys softball team won the National Championship for the first time defeating Hutt Valley 3-2 in the final, after winning the Auckland Championship earlier. In 2012 they were runners up in the National Championship losing to Marlborough Boys 2-1 in the final after having gone through the round robin series of 9 matches undefeated.

Theatre Sports

In 2005 and 2006 the senior theatresports team won various competitions as well as individual members performing in the NZ comedy festival. In 2011, the senior team won the Western Heights Tournament. The following year, the senior team won the TYP Auckland Finals, defeating Kelston Boys College, St Kentigan's College and Saint Peter's College.


In 2011 Year 11 student Luke Weir won a gold medal in the 58 kg category in the North Island championships.[17]

Individual Success (national honours)

Post School The school has produced 4 All Blacks: Kurt Sherlock, Anthony Tuitavake, Ron Cribb and Troy Flavell, along with three New Zealand Kiwis: Kurt Sherlock, Dean Lonergan and Shontayne Hape. In 2007 past students Nafi Tuitavake, Solomon King and staff member Chad Tuora played for the NZ Sevens World Series winning team while Chris Smylie represented NZ Maori.[18] In 2009 Ken Pisi, Nafi Tuitavake and Nalu Tuigamala made the New Zealand Under 20 team. Massey had its first Olympian when Peter Nicholas competed in the 470-class yachting event at the Sydney Olympics.[19] In 2007 Marina Duvnjak was selected in the New Zealand Women's cycling team. Paula Griffin was selected to the Silver Ferns and was named captain of the New Zealand Under 21 World Championship team in 2009. While in 2008 Danielle Barry was selected to play for the New Zealand Badminton team.[20] Lance Beddoes represented New Zealand in squash at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

2007 Daniel Bell won 11 gold medals in the Australasian Tri-Series Swimming Championships and was judged male swimmer of the meet. In the process he broke a New Zealand record and was subsequently ranked 2nd in the world in his age group.[21] Amy Latu was selected to the NZ Under-21 Netball Squad. Oliver Harding Sheath won the Under-19 Boys' New Zealand Road Cycling Championship. Jamie Johns won 5 gold medals, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes at the National Swimming Age Group Championship and was later named in the Trans Tasman Tri-Series Swimming Team.[22] Ashraf Dhoray became the New Zealand Under 18 Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion in badminton. Luke Charlesworth became the New Zealand Under 21 singles badminton champion and added the New Zealand singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles to his list of achievements in the NZ Age Group Championships. Following the same tournament 4 Massey Students were chosen to represent New Zealand in the Junior World Championships: Ashraf Dhoray, Luke Charlesworth, Kritteka Gregory and Emily Ang.[23] Lance Beddoes became the New Zealand Under 15 Squash Champion and was selected in the New Zealand World Junior Elite Squad.[24] Caitlin Campbell was selected for the New Zealand Women's Soccer team for a tour of China. She was also selected for the New Zealand Under 17 team. Shane Taupo was selected for the Karate World Cup Competition.[25] Alyssa Longville won 3 gold medals at the New Zealand Roller Skating Championships.[4]

2008 Daniel Bell finished 5th as part of a NZ men's 4 × 100 m medley relay team in the Beijing Olympics. He broke two national records at the Olympic qualifying meet, was awarded a SPARC Air New Zealand Inspiring Kiwis Scholarship and he also won the ASB Young Sportsman of the Year Award. Lance Beddoes retained his New Zealand Under 15 Squash Champion title. Thomas Enoka was selected to the New Zealand Under-19's Softball team to play in the world championships along with past students Ben Enoka and Callum Compain. Matthew Oxley, Campbell Enoka and Tamihana Nau were selected for the New Zealand Under-16 Softball team. Nikki Johns was selected for the U-15 NZ Waterpolo team.[26] Emily Ang was selected for the Badminton New Zealand National Squad.[27] Nicholas Gerrard was selected for the Under 18 NZ team for the Oceania Games in Saipan for Athletics in high jump and long jump.[28] Franz Vogel selected for the NZ U-18 Ice Hockey Team.

2009 Lance Beddoes selected for the Squash New Zealand World Junior Squad.

2011 The Massey Boys Softball team won the National Championship after earlier winning the Auckland Championship. Tane Moore became New Zealand Under 16 Orienteering Champion. Caleb Vautier was selected for the Under 17 tournament team at the national championships. Zac Scott was selected to play for the New Zealand Junior Breakers team to tour Australia.[29]

2012 In 2012 Matthew Ogden won the 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Slovakia, in 2011 he won the NZ Orienteering championships beating fellow Massey High School student Gene Beveridge into second place. Campbell Enoka, Matthew Oxley and Tamihana Nau were selected as part of the Junior Black Sox team which competed at the 9th ISF Junior Men's Softball World Championship where they finished 5th.

2014 Eruera Drage and Connor Peden partook in the 10th ISF Junior Men's World Softball Championships where they finished 2nd place.

Notable alumni




  • Major General Timothy Keating - Chief of NZ Army, Member of the Order of Merit for Services to Army Strategic Planning[30]



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  30. ^ "Chief of Army pays troops a visit as the mission in Solomon Islands turns eight". NZDF. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 

External links

  • Official Site
  • Massey High School Old Friends
  • TKI Page
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