Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh prepares youth to be ready for the world. Young people – with their dynamism, their energy and their inherent understanding of our interconnected world – have much to teach us. Increased educational attainment, advances in technology and the spread of information have made this generation the best educated, most connected and most informed in history. Our school has been involved with this programme for many years.  The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award equips rangatahi for promising futures by challenging young people to develop skills and tools to improve themselves – and their communities.

Students enjoying the views in the Central Plateau


Welcome to Zenith, Taupo-nui-a-Tia College's public speaking club. Zenith is open to students from all year levels who would like to develop their public speaking skills. Sessions are fun, fast paced and often hilarious. Students progress through the various levels of the program, earning awards as they go. Typical activities include table topics, impromptu speaking, debates, prepared speeches and storytelling.

Students also learn the valuable skill of giving constructive, specific feedback to others. Our more experienced members make sure that all students are included and give their time and expertise generously to the club. Zenith is a safe, supportive environment which aims to foster students’ confidence in public speaking while having as much fun as possible!

If this sounds like you – come along and give it a try. Zenith runs before school on Thursday mornings. We start promptly at 7.15am (large coffee optional but highly recommended.)

Sustainability Committee

This committee is for students that are environmentally aware and have a desire to make a difference in our world by being agents of change in our community. Bringing the 'G' into 'Generation Green', the tireless efforts of this group bringing environmental awareness to both students and staff, is unwavering and awe inspiring.

The group meets weekly on Thursdays during lunch to plan upcoming events around our area. 

If you have a passion for advocating for our planet, then this is the place for you.  Make a difference.  Join the Sustainability Committee today. 


Taupo-nui-a-Tia College has its' very own radio station (see link below).  Wanna rock that DJ voice?  Aspiring to be a radio host?  Love music and talking about the latest music craze, band or sharing your different tastes, then Nui FM is the place for you.  Situated in the music studio, Nui FM has a high-tech sound desk and teaches you the skills of the radio world.  

Tuwharetoa Waewae Rakau Project

​Winter 2023 - Winter 2024

Co-ordinated by the New Zealand Police and the Tuwharetoa Charitable Trust, the Tuwharetoa Waewae Rakau Project is an initiative to:

  • encourage and inspire our rangatahi to strengthen their aspirations for the future of Ngati Tuwharetoa
  • strengthen their connection with marae and hapu through building foundations of knowledge
  • empower our rangatahi by imparting knowledge through whakapapa, kaupapa and tikanga

The content of all wananga (of which there will be 4 across the year) will include specific physical activities, oral traditions and korero relating to location, environmental education and matauranga and sustainability practices traditional and contemporary.