I visited the former boarding facilities wing of St Peter’s Māori College in Northcote, which closed down operations in 2016 and now stands abandoned and boarded up.
Hato Petera College (formerly called St Peter’s Māori College) is an integrated, boarding and day co-educational college in Northcote Central, Auckland for students in Year 9 to Year 13. The school has a strong Catholic and Māori character. It is located on part of the land originally given by Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, to Bishop Pompallier, first Bishop of Auckland in 1849 for education purposes.
The school was established and staffed in 1928 by the Mill Hill Fathers and later the Marist Brothers provided staff. Hato Petera College is the only Māori Catholic co-educational learning institute in the world. The College changed its name from “St Peter’s Māori College” to “Hato Petera College” in 1972.
The area was partly occupied by a girls’ orphanage which burnt down in 1913.