Makoura College is a state co-educational school situated in an attractive setting on the east side of Masterton. Our school caters for all students in the Wairarapa.

Makoura College opened its doors to about 140 third form/year nine students on February 6th 1968. The school got its name from a public competition. Local historian, Ben Irons won with a suggestion of Makora. The choice was challenged as being inaccurate and it was argued that the historically true spelling should be Makoura. The name Makoura represented the stream of that name and the freshwater crayfish found there. 

Makoura's board and staff have a positive relationship and work well together to maintain a friendly family atmosphere in which all students are known, acknowledged, valued and cared for.

The school values its diversity, celebrates its differences, and continually seeks out innovative ways of thinking and acting. Makoura's roll is increasing and currently made up of around 55% Māori students, 35% European students and other ethnicities account for the remainder. We are a decile three school.

In the past several years, the school has undergone building re-development and modernisation. Makoura offers its students and community a range of facilities which includes: excellent fields, a gymnasium, playing turf, netball courts, a hall and a large library space. 

In 2014, Makoura College was awarded the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards in the ‘Excellence in Leading – Atakura Award’ category. 

Makoura recognises the importance of education being available for all, and responds to this by catering for different needs and learning styles. A Teen Parent Unit including a Child Care Centre is on site, as well as a Services Academy, as well as a Building Trade Academy.  The school has Academic programmes, Transition courses, a Māori Performing Arts programme, and vibrant Music, Dance, Arts and Photography classes to complement the core curriculum and engage and stimulate students. Makoura has it's very own student radio station East FM. 

Makoura students participate in a range of sporting and cultural opportunities outside the classroom.  

Makoura College has a clear direction that includes being inclusive of all who come through the gate; a focus on strengths as opposed to weaknesses, a focus on building relationships; and a focus on delivering a meaningful curriculum designed to meet the needs and interests of students.

Kia manawanui