Heretaunga College enrolment scheme amendment

Closed 25 Jun 2021

Opened 24 May 2021

Results updated 12 Aug 2021

Ministry of Education Decision: Changes to the Heretaunga College Enrolment Scheme

The Ministry of Education has now considered the comments and suggestions made by the community and discussed all the comments with the Board of Trustees and senior staff at Heretaunga College. The summary report outlining the feedback received can be seen here.

The Ministry has decided that the Heretaunga College Enrolment Scheme must be altered with some urgency to prevent overcrowding at the College in 2022. 

From the start of Term 4 2021 the Heretaunga College Enrolment Scheme will be altered. The approved map and description can be seen here



The Ministry of Education has been working with Heretaunga College to amend their enrolment scheme.

This is to assist the Board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools.

The Secretary may amend an enrolment scheme if satisfied that amendment is needed to avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, at a State schoolClick here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. (Right click to open in a new window) 

A key part of an enrolment scheme is the home zone.

All learners/ākonga who live within the home zone of Heretaunga College will have an entitlement to attend the school and those that live outside the home zone may be accepted if there are out-of-zone places available and an application meets requirements. To be able to do this, boards at state schools keep an eye on the number of applications received from in-zone students to help them determine the places they might have available for out-of-zone students once all in zone enrolments are accepted.

Note that all students who are already enrolled at Heretaunga College before the enrolment scheme is amended are entitled to stay at the College. Siblings of current students will have priority access to any out-of-zone places offered by the school.

This consultation process is about enrolment schemes, which determines the entitlement to enrol.  It’s important to note that a student’s eligibility to enrol may be different to their eligibility for School Transport assistance.  Further information about eligibility to school transport can be found here.

It’s important that we hear and understand community perspectives before we make any amendment to the enrolment scheme at Heretaunga College – especially the design and practical implications of the proposed new home zone.  Please have a look at the map and overview information available for download at the bottom of the page before you participate in the consultation process.

The Ministry of Education has contracted an independent consultant, Neal Swindells, to gather community feedback about the proposed amendments. You can participate by emailing him at  Tell us if you think the proposed new zone is appropriate, if you think it should be changed, and why.

You may want to read our Frequently Asked Questions about Enrolment Schemes (Right click to open in a new window) 

Submissions are official information

Submissions you make become official information. The content of submissions can be asked for under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). Under the OIA, we must make information available unless there is good reason for withholding it.

Tell us if you have any objections to the release of any information used in your submission, particularly which part(s) you believe should be withheld, along with the reason. Reasons might include that it is commercially sensitive or it is personal information. We will take into consideration any objections when responding to OIA requests. However, any decision the Ministry of Education makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.