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Taupo-nui-a-Tia College
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P O Box 549
Phone 07 376 1100

District Youth Awards

District Youth Awards Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Denholm Orr won the 'Outstanding All Rounder Award' at the Taupo Times District Youth Awards last night.

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Enterprise Winners

Enterprise Winners Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The YES Regional Awards were held at the Millenium Hotel in Rotorua on 27 October. Four Taupo nui a Tia companies were category award winners and of the ten awards up for grabs the Taupo Enterprise class won seven of them.

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Prizegiving 2011

Prizegiving 2011 Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Harkaran Aujla DUX 2011. More photos can be viewed on Taupo-nui-a-Tia College Facebook page.

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Hospitality Success

Hospitality Success Friday, December 2, 2011

David Matthews and Kane Rima-Sollitt have demonstrated excellent practical skills in year 13 hospitality this year. During the year they produced meals showing their flair and creativity. These students excelled in the preparation, cooking and presentation of meals and dishes throughout the year. Both students have secured positions at restaurants in Taupo which will help shape their culinary future. They are aspiring to be excellent in their field.

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Welcome to 2012

Welcome to 2012 Thursday, February 9, 2012

On the 1st February all new students were welcomed to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College by teachers and year 13 students. This was followed by the year 13 leadership camp at Mission Bay where house leaders were elected and nominations for head students were received

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2012 Head Students

2012 Head Students Friday, February 17, 2012

Students were nominated for head students at the Year 13 leadership camp which took place at the start of term one. Sixteen students spoke at school assembly and after the votes from the students and the staff were counted the Head students for 2012 were announced. They are Dyalla Swain Head Girl, Waimarie Stone Deputy Head Girl, Taylor Griffin Head Boy, Ben Todd Deputy Head Boy

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Scholarship Success

Scholarship Success Friday, March 30, 2012

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College students Anna-Rose Davies and Hakaran Aujla made up two of the

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ANZAC Essay Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rachel Carson is the winner of the 2012 RSA Essay competition. She read her essay at the ANZAC service

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Equestrian Winners

Equestrian Winners Monday, May 7, 2012

Taupo nui-a-Tia College’s equestrian team had success at the recent Central Plateau Secondary Schools Gymkhana in Reporoa.

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Prime Minister visit

Prime Minister visit Thursday, May 31, 2012

The new Design & Innovation Centre was officially opened by the Prime Minister John Key on 19 May 2012. All technology, visual art and design subjects are now under one architecturally designed roof. A major emphasis in this environment is to encourage students to 'Imagine, Design and Create'. Mr Key stated that the New Zealand economy hinges on design and and innovation and he recognised Taupo-nui-a-Tia College's success in all areas of the curriculum

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Chess Champion

Chess Champion Thursday, July 26, 2012

Today four year 9 boys played in the Chess Power Regional Championships which involved 36 students from the primary, intermediate and secondary schools of Taupo.

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Year 9 Achievers

Year 9 Achievers Wednesday, August 8, 2012

At a special assembly today 42 bronze awards and 16 silver awards were award to year 9 students participating in the Taupo-nui-a-Tia College Achievers Award Scheme.

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Taupo Talent Quest Winners

Monday, August 20, 2012

TNT students had great results at Taupo Youth Arts Trust Talent Quest on Saturday 11 August

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Tournament Success

Tournament Success Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Boys 1st XI hockey team won the Woolaston Trophy in Whakatane during the national Secondary Schools tournament week. The team remained unbeaten after 6 intense games of hockey. Congratulations boys for a fantastic effort at the tournament and for the whole season. Many thanks to coach Chris Simm, manager Alan Brake and physio Rowan Cunningham plus all the parents for their support

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AUT Scholarship

AUT Scholarship Friday, September 14, 2012

Emma Robinson year 13 has won one of the seven AUT University Regional Significant Student Scholarships in 2012. AUT said the cailibre of the application was outstanding. The scholarship is worth $5000 per year. Emma also won the Trustpower Youth award this week.

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Youth Awards Winner

Youth Awards Winner Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hinemoa Fraser Year 13 was named Bayview Wairakei Outstanding All Rounder at the Taupo Times District Awards on Monday 17 September 2012.

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Ultrafast Broadband

Ultrafast Broadband Friday, October 19, 2012

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is the first school in Taupo to get ultrafast broadband. Students will have faster access to online learning resources. IT Manager Daniel Wilks says the upgrade to ultrafast ‘compares to the jump from dial up internet to broadband’

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World Champion

World Champion Friday, October 19, 2012

Nicole van der Kaay won the Under 19 world Aquathlon title on 17 October. The race involves a 1 km swim 5 km run. Nicole competed in the age 16-19 age group and set off in wave one along with three other age groups under 35. She managed to keep within the top 10 swimmers all the way on the swim leg, and even though she had trouble with the stitch she managed to win the gold in the 16-19 age group and come in third overall in a time of 34.04.

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DUX 2012

DUX 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kristopher Bucher is a quietly spoken, diligent and popular student who clearly has a love and flair for writing. This year he has excelled, gaining 1st in Classical Studies, 1st equal in English and 1st in History.

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Mini Moto GP Racing

Monday, November 19, 2012


HOUSE LEADERS 2013 Monday, February 11, 2013

The 2013 House Leaders were elected at the year 13 leadership camp.

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Head Students 2013

Head Students 2013 Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The 2013 Head Students have been announced after the staff and students votes had been counted. The 18 candidates submitted a written application and spoke at a full school assembly.

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Board of Trustee

Monday, March 18, 2013


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Rugby 7's success

Rugby 7's success Monday, April 8, 2013

The Taupo nui-a-Tia College and King Country pre-season 7’s tournament provided some sensational rugby on Saturday 6th April. Thirteen teams competed for championship honours in a closely fought contest.

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BOT Elections

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College have four nominations for the Parent Representative, Board of Trustees Election 2013. They are:

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BOT Election results

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


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Rockquest Finals

Rockquest Finals Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ABN (formerly 'A Bit Nigel') have made it through to the National Rockquest Finals. This is the third year in row and band members Hamish Nixon, Sam Marshall & Manawa Veitakai (RBHS) are delighted.

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TNT Win Dance Regionals

TNT Win Dance Regionals Thursday, August 29, 2013

DanceNZmade regional finals were held August 16 at the Great lake Centre. The overall winners were Holly Finch and Lizzie Astwood. Three TNT dance groups will be competing at the National finals in Palmerston North next month

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Kyle wins National U16 Duathlon

Kyle wins National U16 Duathlon Friday, August 30, 2013

Students compteted in the NZSS dualthlon led in Taupo.

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Kyle 2nd in the world

Monday, September 16, 2013

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College student Kyle Smith has gained 2nd place in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final held in London last week. This triathlon event is the largest ever staged with representatives from around the world. Kyle raced in the 16-19 year old category and on the day of the race was 16 years and 5 days old. Kyle led for a good part of the race and only lost by a few seconds to Iden Gustav from Norway. The time he recorded was the 3rd fastest for the entire day. Kyle is a part of the college’s High Performance Programme and his teacher Heulwen Simm said she was absolutely delighted with the result. Also competing at the same event was Nicole van der Kaay. Nicole was well up with the pace of her race but unfortunately was disqualified on a minor technicality.

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Rockquest WIN

Rockquest WIN Friday, October 25, 2013

'A Bit Nigel' won the national Smokefree Rockquest finals in Auckland on September 28th.

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TNT in Hawaii

TNT in Hawaii Friday, October 25, 2013

All the training, hard work and fundraising paid off for Te Awhiorangi - they were winners at the festival in Hawaii and brought home a huge haul of trophies. Their hugely successful year has been topped off by winning the 2013 Hauraki competition on the 19 October

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Head Students 2014

Head Students 2014 Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The 2014 Head Students were announced at assembly on Thursday.

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Team Triathlon Champs

Team Triathlon Champs Monday, April 7, 2014

The boys Under 19 Triathlon Team consisting of Keegan Pook, Lewis Eccles and Kyle Smith won the National Secondary School title in Gisborne. A fantastic effort for this group of 16 year olds

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Double Sure

Double Sure Friday, May 30, 2014

Year 10 band 'Double Sure' are though to the Smokefree Rockquest Regional Finals. Band members Wahine Murch, Camryn Nel, Jayden Short and Harrison Painter were very happy with the result and are now busy polishing their act for the round of competition

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Monetary Policy Challengers

Monetary Policy Challengers Friday, August 15, 2014

The TNT Monetary Challenge team are one of six teams heading to the national final in Wellington at the Reserve Bank on Wednesday. Team members David Young, Scott Inglis and Katie Davis beat 120 teams nationwide - Good luck!

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Reserve Bank Win

Reserve Bank Win Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Katie Davis, David Young and Scot Inglis win the Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Challenge

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ERO Survey for Parents

Monday, September 1, 2014

What do you think of ERO’s parent booklets?

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Arts Winner

Arts Winner Monday, November 3, 2014

Louisa Williamson won the overall award at the Taupo Youth Arts Trust Scholarship day on Saturday. Louisa, year 12, is off to Wellington next year to study at the New Zealand School of Music

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Leader of Tomorrow

Leader of Tomorrow Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Joshua Clarke has had a busy week, he was presented with his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by the Governor General and has received the University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship which is valued at $5000 payable towards the cost of a residential college or tuition fees. 

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DUX 2014

DUX 2014 Thursday, November 6, 2014

Congratulations to Matthew Rosenberg who was awarded Dux 2014 at last night's Senior Prizegiving. He was also awarded the Percival Cup for General Excellence

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NCEA Results

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2014 NCEA results were very pleasing. The participation results at this stage are:

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Scholarship Success

Scholarship Success Thursday, February 12, 2015

Joseph Sutton achieved NCEA scholarship Physical Education, History and Geography. He is pictured here with his teachers Heulwen Simm, Roger Gregory and Janet Grey. Joseph is heading to Victoria University to study Law and Geography.

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House Leaders 2015

House Leaders 2015 Tuesday, February 17, 2015

House Leaders for 2015 were elected at the recent Year 13 leadership camp

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Athletic Champions

Athletic Champions Friday, March 20, 2015

The 2015 Taupo-nui-a-Tia College Athletics Champions were announced at assembly this week

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Bayleys support Football

Bayleys support Football Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College 1st XI football team kicked off their 2015 season with a 3-2 win against Otumoetai College in the weekend. The boys ran out onto the number 1 pitch at Crown Park sporting a brand new playing strip very generously sponsored by Bayleys Real Estate.

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NZ's Most Inspiring Teacher

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mrs Catherine Mackintosh science teacher, Mr Roger Gregory,teacher of history and social studies, Ms Gowdy drama teacher and Mr Ben Carey, math teacher have received a nominations for 'NZ's Most Inspiring Teacher' - a competition run by Warehouse Stationery click here to vote 

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Taupo District Youth Awards

Friday, September 18, 2015

 The Taupo District Youth Awards were held on Monday. Congratulations to all students nominated. The results for TNT students are as follows:

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Tu Kahika Scholarship

Tu Kahika Scholarship Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tū Kahika is an award that supports young Māori students interested in a career in health, into and through the University of Otago’s Foundation Year Health Sciences course and beyond.

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DUX 2015

DUX 2015 Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 Scott Inglis was awarded 2015 DUX at the annual school prizegiving

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Head Students 2016

Head Students 2016 Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 This year's Head Students were elected by the student body and staff in February. The successful candidates were Fipe Foai (head girl) and Chloe Travers (deputy), Kynan Harrison (head boy) and Mathew Forsyth (deputy)

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McQuilkin Cup Winners

McQuilkin Cup Winners Friday, April 1, 2016

 On Thursday 24th March the 1st XV Rugby team headed over to Te Kuiti, amid threats of heaving rain and strong winds, prepared for all weather. The resultant rather hot, humid and occasional showers did nothing to dampen their winning streak. First up was Otorohanga High School which was the most stressful game for the supporters, scoring in the last minutes of play winning 5-0. Next up was the main threat to the cup Taumarunui. The players went out with a determined attitude and proved too strong winning 26-12. The local derby between TNT and Tauhara College was played in “golden oldie style’ with them unable to produce a front row. The score TNT 29 – Tauhara 0. With the cup most in our grasp the final game was a must win against Te Kuiti. TNT left no doubt in the organisers’ eyes taking this game 17-0

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Board of Trustees Election

Board of Trustees Election Wednesday, May 11, 2016

High School Musical 2

High School Musical 2 Thursday, May 12, 2016

 Students have been busy since February rehearsing for this year's school production - High School Musical 2. It hits the college stage 24 May for 5 performances. Tickets are on sale now at the college office

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A Grade Champions

A Grade Champions Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 The A Grade Bay of Plenty girls hockey final was played at the Rotorua hockey stadium last night.

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2016 Sports Awards

2016 Sports Awards Wednesday, October 12, 2016

 The annual college sports awards were held 22 September. A great evening celebrating success and participation in college sport. The guest speaker was Sam Warriner, olympic triathlete.

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DUX 2016

DUX 2016 Tuesday, November 15, 2016

 Phoebe Slee was award DUX 2016 at the school's annual prizegiving on 8 November. Phoebe also received the Principals Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Life and The NZ Geographic Society Prize for excellence in geography.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

 Tuesday 31 January     Year 13   10:30am Wharekai

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Exceptional NCEA Results

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 Once again, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is delighted with the exceptional achievements of its students in their NCEA exam results. The outstanding efforts of whanau, staff and students at Nui have combined to produce a remarkable set of results.

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OUR HEAD STUDENTS FOR 2017! Monday, February 20, 2017

 Congratulations to our Head Students for 2017.

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