Taieri College

Taieri College, formerly called The Taieri High School and, prior to 1956, the Mosgiel District High School, is a co-educational state school in Mosgiel, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Taieri College
3 Green St,
Mosgiel 9024
New Zealand
TypeCo-ed state secondary, year 7–13
Motto"Transforming student's lives"
Ministry of Education Institution no.495
PrincipalDavid Hunter
School roll1234[1] (March 2021)
Socio-economic decile7O[2]

In 2003 a review of the schools on the Taieri Plains by the New Zealand Ministry of Education proposed that the high school would merge with Mosgiel Intermediate School (est. 1973) to become Taieri College from 2004.[3] Because of this merger, ready-made classrooms were built for the intermediate students, as well as a second technology block. The roll expanded to over 800 in its first year, compared with the former high school's number of under 650 students, and now has 1090 students in 2018.


In 2005 it was announced that more classrooms were to be built as well as refurbishment of present classroom blocks. In 2006 the roll exceeded 1000, making it one of Otago's largest schools. Zoning has been proposed to cap or maintain future numbers, as classroom space is becoming limited, even though a new two-storey classroom block, G block, has been completed.

Notable alumni

  • Geoff Bascand – Deputy Governor and Head of Operations at the Reserve Bank of NZ 2013 -
  • Ian Foster – Assistant All Black Coach World Cup Winner 2015.All Black Head Coach Dec 2019 -
  • Adam Hall (alpine skier) – Winter Paralympic gold medalist 2010, 2018
  • Steve Hansen (KNZM) – All Black Head Coach 2012 – 2019 World Cup Winner 2015
  • Colin James – political journalist
  • Peter Johnstone – All Black, 1949 -51. Undefeated as NZ Captain. Taieri Club ground is named after him
  • Michael McGarry – All White. Capped 54 times. 12 Goals. 1986 – 1997
  • Alan Mark – professor at Otago University (botany) and environmentalist[4]
  • Barry Milburn – NZ Test Cricket Wicketkeeper 1969. 3 Caps
  • Dean O'Brien aka "Mr Yipadee" – Children's entertainer, author and musician. Number one in the best seller charts in United Kingdom and New Zealand.
  • Bob Reid – Drummer with band, The Knobz.
  • Janine Southby (nee Brown)- Former head coach of the Silver Ferns, New Zealand's national Netball team.


  1. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory" . New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools" . Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Review to release $9m extra to Taieri schools" . The Beehive. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  4. ^ Lambert, Max; Traue, James Edward; Taylor, Alister (1991). Who's Who in New Zealand, 1991 (12th ed.). Auckland: Octopus. p. 421. ISBN 9780790001302. Retrieved 29 July 2015.


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