All new International students entering Waitakere College will be given a "Kiwi Buddy"who will look after them and help them settle into life at Waitakere College.

Students are also given important information specifically for International students, including their rights and expectations of them.

This is an important programme at the start of the school year to help International Students settle into life at Waitakere College.


  • You will sit an English test
  • The Academic Adviser will help you arrange a suitable course of study.
  • You will learn the system for using school computer suites
  • You will need a personal laptop or Chromebook for daily classes

School - You will find out about:

  • School rules
  • School personnel you need to know.
  • Use of a school diary


  • Open a bank account
  • Ensure you have a NZ mobile phone number, kept in credit 
  • Buy a school uniform

Living in New Zealand - You will find out about:

  • Homestay information
  • Health
  • Transport


Waitakere College is a successful mid-sized secondary school located in the heart of West Auckland.