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About Te Tātoru o Wairau


We're working to ensure our students have the skills and attributes to tackle existing and future challenges to make our community, our nation and our world a better place.

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Planning is underway for the co-location of Marlborough's Girls' and Boys' Colleges to a new shared campus, and relocation of Bohally Intermediate to the existing Boys' College site, opening new opportunities to what students learn and how they learn it.

Te Tātoru o Wairau is a major investment in the future of intermediate and secondary education in Marlborough, and is the largest capital works project undertaken by the Ministry of Education.

The name Te Tātoru o Wairau has been chosen for the project by Te Tauihu iwi Ngāti RāruaRangitāne o WairauNgāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Kuia, representing a three-plait rope that symbolises the three schools coming together as one construction project.

The design, development and construction of the new schools will be underpinned by ō tātou uaratanga (our values) which incorporate values already identified by the schools.

The approach taken to this project will ensure the three schools are designed and built to realise the aspirations of iwi and the local community for current and future learners.

Through this website, newsletters and ongoing communications, we will keep the community informed and involved in progress throughout the design and construction phases.

The co-location of the two colleges provides students and staff with greater opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow. The new build enables both colleges to take advantage of shared and separate learning spaces, and for Bohally to develop new learning spaces, enhancing the delivery of intermediate and secondary education in Marlborough.

Planning to determine how the two colleges will operate - separately and collaboratively - in new purpose-built learning facilities is ongoing and has included widespread community and school consultation.

Design and master planning for the project is underway throughout 2021, conducted by Te Tumu - a consortium of design and construction specialists led by Naylor Love.


College staff visit a school site in Christchurch

Education in Marlborough is poised to be at the forefront of teaching and learning methods in New Zealand.

The Marlborough community opted for a co-located model on a greenfields site following extensive consultation by the Ministry of Education in 2015.

A new site was unable to be secured, so the Education Minister announced in 2018 that the schools would be co-located on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls’ College and Bohally Intermediate, and Bohally would relocate to the site currently occupied by Marlborough Boys’ College.


The co-location will mean that both colleges are relocated onto one site but will remain single-sex schools.

Staff from the colleges have been planning and preparing for the co-location since 2015. As part of this, staff visited new schools and Innovative Learning Environments in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Nelson, and internationally, to understand the opportunities for future secondary school learning environments and practices in Marlborough.

A targeted completion date for the school builds will be identified following master planning.


August - September 2017

October-November 2017

December 2017

April 2018

December 2018







Community consultation

Best-practice Innovative Learning Environment research

Colleges' Co-location Vision and Principles, and Education Brief finalised.

Vision, Principles and Education Brief delivered to Ministry of Education.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins orders a reviewed business case of the co-location.

The Minister of Education announces the co-located schools will be located on the site currently occupied by Marlborough Girls' College and Bohally Intermediate. Bohally will be relocated to the boys' college campus on Stephenson Street.

The Education Briefs are updated and refreshed to reflect the location decision.

The three schools form a project control group and an education partnership group in partnership with the Ministry of Education and iwi, to guide the planning, development and oversight of the project.

Procurement of design services for the co-located colleges and relocated intermediate.

The name Te Tātoru o Wairau is gifted to the project by local iwi, and hui are held for partners to understand and adopt the project's values.

Education workstreams related to the project are established by the Ministry, iwi and the three schools.

Master planning and design is undertaken by Te Tumu consortium.

Trialling of Innovative Learning Spaces and preparation for move to new site.

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