Auckland is New Zealand’s fastest-growing region. Its population is likely to reach 2 million in the next 10 to 15 years. It covers the Auckland metropolitan area, smaller towns, rural areas, and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. It has the largest population and economy of any region of New Zealand, but the second smallest land area. Its main centres include Auckland City, Great Barrier Island, Pukekohe, Rangitoto and Waiheke Island.

Size and growth

By 2030, about half of the additional places needed in the national school network will be in Auckland. Widespread planning for long-term growth is ongoing for schools in Auckland to have capacity to successfully meet demand for education beyond 2030. The 20 school catchments in Auckland are expected to experience a mix of high, complex and steady growth over the next 10 years.

Catchment Plans within the National Education Growth Plan

The Auckland region has 20 individual catchment plans within the National Education Growth Plan.

See the Auckland region catchment plans.

What’s been happening in Auckland

Where When What Details Consultation
Drury 2019

Proposed new primary school
A new Primary School is proposed to open in Drury West in 2022.

Auckland 2018 Auckland Education Growth Plan
A collaborative, future-focused strategic initiative to ensure local schools are able to meet the demand of Auckland’s growing population.
Incorporated into the Auckland catchment plans, within the National Education Growth Plan.  
Northcote 2018 Hato Petera College
Request to cancel integration agreement and close the school. The school has closed.
Hato Petera College information release  
Orewa 2018 Orewa College
Change to enrolment scheme home zone
Orewa College re-zoning proposal – OIA response Closed
Takapuna 2017 Takapuna Grammar School
$26 million redevelopment
Newmarket 2017 Newmarket School
Construction of new multi-storey classroom block
Mangere 2017 Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre
$6.9 million construction project
Waterview 2017 Waterview School
Redevelopment project to upgrade school
Freemans Bay 2017 Freemans Bay School
Rebuild project to support roll growth and repair leaky buildings

Watch a time lapse of school upgrade(external link)

Mangere 2016 Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae
Redevelopment of the kura, including relocation to a larger area on the site it shares with South Cross Campus
Papatoetoe 2016 Papatoetoe Central School
$4.2 million project to build a two-storey classroom block
Bayswater 2016 Bayswater School
Redevelopment project to accommodate roll growth
Ellerslie 2016 Ellerslie School
$10.4 million redevelopment project to create a new block of 24 learning spaces
Grey Lynn 2016 Grey Lynn School
Redevelopment project to accommodate roll growth
Western Springs 2016 Western Springs College
$75 million redevelopment project, and $4 million upgrade of the Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) which is on the same site
Mangere 2016 Southern Cross Campus
Campus transformation and expansion project

Your say matters

Our communities are changing all the time. When we work with School Boards to come up with options to meet the demand of students in particular areas, we look at the whole network rather than individual schools.

Planning for future growth, identifying where the best use of space will be, and ensuring all local children and young people can attend their local school, underpins our decisions on options.

Your say in this matters. Sharing your views and listening to each other’s ideas, suggestions and feedback on options through engagement and consultation helps ensure the network of schools is in the best shape to offer quality education opportunities – now and into the future.




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