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Garin College
35 Champion Rd,
New Zealand

Coordinates 41°20′09″S 173°12′19″E / 41.3357°S 173.2052°E / -41.3357; 173.2052
Type Integrated secondary (year 9–13) co-ed
Motto Small School, Big Heart
Established 2002; 21 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 6975
School roll 492 (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 8

Garin College is a New Zealand Catholic, integrated, co-educational day and boarding secondary school in Nelson on the northern outskirts of Richmond. The college opened on 28 January 2002 to serve the Catholic community, particularly in the upper South Island.

The college is named after Father Antoine Marie Garin (1810–1889) who was the founding pastor of the Catholic Church in Nelson. The proprietor of the school is the Catholic Archbishop of Wellington.


Garin College has four houses. The houses all have individual names and are represented by colours. Siblings enrolled at the college are often put in the same house.

  • Aubert, Blue House
  • Barbier, Green house
  • MacKillop, Yellow house
  • McAuley, Red house

Boarding hostels

The school has accommodation for up to 56 boarders from outlying areas in its boarding hostel, separated into two houses by gender: Francis Douglas House for male students; and Mother Teresa House for female students.


The college's haka was written and performed for the first time in 2006, four years after the school first opened. It was first unveiled to the school and spectators at the 2006 annual Te Wairua o nga Mahi Toi festival. It was the opening act on the 2006 final Mahi Toi night.

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