Pacific Advance Secondary School

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About Us

Pacific Advance Senior School (PASS) was established in 2015 as a Partnership / Kura Hourua School enacted under the Education Amendment Bill 2012, the first Pasifika for Pasifika senior school in Aotearoa New Zealand.In 2017 the Ministry of Education authorised PASS to further enrol Year 9 and 10 students and in 2018 PASS transitioned into the first Pasifika for Pasifika secondary school in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a change in Government in 2017, PASS successfully transitioned from a Partnership /Kura Hourua school to a Designated Special Character School in close partnership with the Ministry of Education, (under Section 156 of the Education Act, 1989), commencing 2019.

Underpinning PASS’s commitment to optimising student’s educational outcomes is the provision of proven academic mentoring and pastoral care models developed for the unique learning needs and realities of Pasifika youth growing up in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand, in particular within the South Auckland context.

These services complement the work of PASS’s qualified teachers, all who have experience and expertise in teaching Pasifika students and a passion and an affinity for empowering Pasifika students’ through education.

PASS is dedicated to nurturing students to fulfil their educational potential first and foremost, and in the process are strong and confident in their Pasifika identity, life skills and leadership potential.

The education curriculum is designed to ensure students have viable pathways to successfully pursue further education at tertiary level and vocational pathways once graduated.

Key Information

  • Region: Auckland
  • Co Ed Status: Co-Educational
  • Roll Total: 129
  • Authority: State


42 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu, Auckland
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