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Seventh-day Adventist education began in New Zealand in 1901. Since then local Seventh-day Adventist Church communities have established schools in most of New Zealand’s major cities as well as across the Pacific.

The New Zealand Pacific Union Conference currently oversees the operation of 20 schools.

Seventh-day Adventist education began with a vision for learning which was Christ-centered, eternally focused, empowering the development of the whole child with a basis in service to others.  Local church members sacrificed time, money and energy to support the values and aspirations of the home and church through education. While much in education may have changed over the years, this vision for Adventist education has not. The goal of Adventist Education in the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference is … Educating for Eternity.

The Adventist Education Office supports the resourcing and monitoring of church schools to ensure that students in these schools are given an opportunity to choose and continue to develop a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and develop quality characters that will suit them for service in this world as well as in the Kingdom of God. The Adventist Education Office exists to support the 20 schools of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference to continue to provide high quality values based Christian education. It serves as the liaison for the church with Government, the Ministry of Education and other agencies with an interest in education. It also coordinates and oversees the development and maintenance of the property the church has invested in for the purpose of education.

Seventh-day Adventist schools within the Union, operate in three countries.


French Polynesia

Primary education has been provided in Papeete for over 50 years and junior secondary for over 30. These two schools support the church in French Polynesia in providing quality education to young people in Tahiti. Experienced teachers who have government accreditation provide excellent learning programmes for students.

Click School Name to Contact the Principal:
     College Adventiste Tiarama, Papeete, Tahiti
     Ecole Adventiste Tiarama, Papeete, Tahiti

Cook Islands

A high standard of Christian education is provided at primary and junior high school level on the island of Rarotonga opposite the beautiful Titikaveka beach. An hours flight north the school on Aitutaki serves the island's community Christian education needs.

Click School Name to Contact the Principal:
     Papaaroa Adventist College, Titikaveka, Raratonga
     Tekaaroa Adventist School, Arutanga, Aitutaki

New Zealand

16 schools serve New Zealand from Whangarei in the north to Invercargill in the south, New Plymouth in the west to Napier in the east. Longburn Adventist College provides boarding facilities and has served the Seventh-day Adventist church for over 100 years.

Click School Name to Contact the Principal of these North Island Schools:
Auckland Seventh-day Adventist High School, Mangere Bridge, Auckland
     Balmoral Seventh-day Adventist School, Balmoral, Auckland
     Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist School, Hamilton
     Longburn Adventist College, Longburn, Palmerston North (has boarding facilities) Website
     New Plymouth Adventist Christian School, New Plymouth
Palmerston North Adventist Christian School, Palmerston North
Parkside Adventist Christian School, Greenmeadows, Napier
     Rotorua Seventh-day Adventist School, Glenholme, Rotorua
South Auckland Seventh-day Adventist School, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Tauranga Adventist School, Bethlehem, Tauranga
Waitakere Adventist School, Henderson, Auckland
Wellington Seventh-day Adventist School, Porirua, Wellington
Whakatane Seventh-day Adventist School, Whakatane
Whangarei Adventist Christian School, Whau Valley, Whangarei

Click School Name to Contact the Principal of these South Island Schools:
Christchurch Adventist School, Papanui, Christchurch
Southland Adventist Christian School, Invercargill

The smaller size of Adventist Schools and the commitment of quality Adventist teachers in the schools is well recognised in the local community as producing students who are capable achievers and have a strong ethical and moral character.

Seventh-day Adventist schools continue to serve a critical role in supporting families and the church at large to connect their children with Jesus and prepare them for being active and contributing members of their church community and the society in which they live by making a positive difference in the lives of others.

To gain more information on Adventist Education and the individual schools in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia please browse these pages, or email your inquiry to Adventist Education Office