the jewel in the crown

POto College House

The Wairarapa’s only co-educational boarding facility

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Our place

Set in the beautiful grounds of Wairarapa College, just a few minutes walk from Central Masterton, Poto College House is made up of two dormitories, the dining room, common spaces, sports facilities and a manager’s office. We have large grounds and a school farm right at our fingers tips, it is truly the best of provincial New Zealand living. 

Our People

We have a fantastic team caring for our students. The hostel management team live on site, as do several other couples who are our ‘Hostel Parents’. They are here to make sure that everyone feels safe and secure during what can be a big adjustment in their life. We are currently advertising for a new Matron for 2020, you can find the job description below.


 With Wisdom and Courage

Poto College House caters for 60+ boarders, both boys and girls from Years 9-13 in a 5 ½ day capacity. Established as a boys’ boarding house initially in 1924, College House is steeped in history and tradition. As a co-educational boarding establishment it is unique to the Wairarapa and is the College’s point of difference, offering an affordable option to remote rural children from the Wairarapa and those from neighbouring districts. 

Boarding is an amazing experience for students. We strive to make it structured, fun and secure – a home away from home. Hostel life is filled with exciting activities with a strong emphasis on prep time in the evenings and support to take part in extra curricular activities.

Our School

Wairarapa College

Catering for years 9 – 13, WaiCol is a co-educational public school based in Masterton. They offer a comprehensive curriculum that gives learners the chance to excel in their chosen fields. Their goal is to create a thriving, student-centred learning environment, educating students for their future. Check out the video below to find out more.


The boarding costs for 2020 are $12,500 per year.

Casual boarders (maximum 3 nights per week) pay $75 per night.

A one-off bond payment of $750 is required for each student at all year levels at the beginning of their first year only.

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School Meals

Menus change every day, below is an example of a standard menu. 

Breakfast: Cereal, toast, eggs.

Lunch: Salad bar, chicken and vegetable stir fry. 

Dinner: Beef lasagne, seasonal vegetables. 

There are also vegetarian and allergen options available for those with special dietary requirements. 

Academic Standards

All students have mandatory prep time after school to make sure they have a quiet space to complete homework and are supported in their learning outside the classroom. 

Extracurricular Activities

Using the van trip system, all students are able to take part in any number of after school activities. The boarding house has two vans which are on the road every day to make sure students don’t miss any off-site extra curriculars. 

Fundraising Committee

We have an active fundraising committee that runs several events per year. If you are interested in joining the committee please mention this to hostel staff and they will be happy to point you in the direction of the current chairperson.

position open

 Hostel Matron

The newly established Poto College House Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of Matron. The primary purpose of this position is to ensure the overall health and welfare of the students boarding at Poto College House, by providing them with care and support as needed.

The Matron at Poto College House will uphold and promote the integral values of Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, Respect, Courage, Pride and Modesty.

To be successful the applicant needs to have:
– Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
– Genuine empathy for adolescent boys and girls of all backgrounds and the ability and flexibility to understand and meet their needs.
– Have commitment, be able to work co-operatively in a team, be innovative, organised, able to solve problems, be self-motivated and accept professional responsibility.
– The Matron lives on-site and the remuneration package includes accommodation, electricity, broadband and meals.

The position starts on January 8th, 2020. Please email Chrissina at for the job description.
Applications close Friday 29th November 2019.

Please provide a CV and letter of application for the position to:
Mike Higinbottom
Poto College House Chairman


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Location: 55 Renall Street, Masterton

Telephone: 06 370 0415 or 021 0268 0900