Careers Department

The Careers Department provides a range of up-to-date Prospectus, Brochures, Flyers, and detailed information for students on Universities, Polytechnics, and most other Tertiary providers.  These are located in the school library.

Throughout the year The Careers Department Team organize visits to Tertiary Open Days, Careers Days, Career Expos and off-site visits to various industry providers. We provide all senior students planning on University study assistance with their University applications and Halls of Residence applications.

The Gateway Programme for seniors and The New Zealand Primary Industries Trade Academy for Year 11 and 12 students sit under the Careers Department.

At the end of the Academic year, Year 10 students can apply to join the NZ Primary Trade Academy programme that runs alongside their normal school programme. Students interested in future Careers in Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Wood Processing are most suited to this programme. Selection is by interview.

The Careers Department under our Gateway Programme offer a variety of placement in Industries that students are interested in for their future including: Safety Matters Courses, Barista Courses, First Aid, Hair & Beauty to name just a few.   We host visits to school by Liaison staff from the Police Force, and the Armed Forces.   All major University and local Polytechnic Liaison Staff visit the school at least twice a year and we endeavor to provide quality advice to support students in making informed career choices.

The following website links are a great starting point for Students and Parents seeking career information in New Zealand.

  • Use the interactive tools to help sort out potential future career options.
  • Use the Jobs database to find out about what you need to get into a job
  • Use the Education and training button to find out about potential providers for the qualification you need AND to find out about scholarships


This is a Scholarship Database for almost all Scholarships in New Zealand. Students can access this website free at school or at the Rotorua Public Library. All the Universities and Polytechnics have their own Scholarship Pages on their websites.

This website guides students in making the best choices for your future. SchoolConnect caters to students, parents and careers counsellors. It is not the new Wikipedia – it’s more than just a website with a bunch of information. With a range of resources including discussion forums, testimonials and quizzes, there is something for everyone.

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Gateway is a structured programme that offers hands-on practical learning that leads to nationally recognised qualifications for year 12 and 13 students. A Gateway placement requires a commitment by the student and may lead to employment, further training, apprenticeships or continued education.

Gateway creates new pathways from school to the workplace and is a great opportunity to combine study with workplace learning and skill development. Units can be assessed in the workplace along with Workplace Health and Safety and First Aid and the credits gained will contribute to NCEA as well as the relevant vocational pathway.

Some industries within the programme include: Animal Care, Barista Training, Building and Construction, Childcare, Education, Electricians, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Mechanics, Media, Retail

Gateway is interested in hearing from companies who are keen to develop our young people within their industries and are able to provide a work experience opportunity for them. If you are able to help then please contact Eva Hingston , Gateway Coordinator on 07 345 6124 Ext 258 or