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Environment Group

The Rutherford Environment Group has been running for 12 years, with students from years 9 to 13 all welcome to join. We have been involved in a wide range of activities including:

  • Envirochallenge – an annual competition for schools (which we have won 3 times)
  • Promoting recycling and litter reduction in the school
  • Planting many thousands of trees, grasses, flaxes and more and weeding at our own Pixie Stream site and our adopted stretch of the Henderson Creek in Te Atatu South
  • SeaWeek activities and coastal clean-ups
  • Baiting our adopted bait lines out at Ark In The Park in the Waitakere Ranges
  • Stream monitoring
  • Tag out Trust work painting over tagging in our area

Keen students have attended plantings and clean-ups in their own weekends around our community and as far away as Motuihe Island
Each year, some of our students choose to apply for and are selected to attend regional or national forums/camps for keen environmentalists.

This year, Oxana Repina attended the Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Forum in Rotorua which she said was amazing. We are currently looking for some younger students to go to the MAD Marine young leaders camp on Motutapu Island in January next year.

This year we won funding for some new recycle bins and are looking into solar power as a possibility to cut energy costs.

We would love to build our group up again in 2016 with some new young talent and really make a difference in our community so please join us!  See Ms Butler-Shaw for more information.


Debating…. this is what we do all the time with our parents to convince them to let us have our way. Well did you know that at Rutherford College, Debating is actually an extra-curricular activity?

Philosophy Lounge

Is it ever ok to lie?  Where did the universe come from?  Is money a good thing? What are the meanings of truth, wisdom and happiness, and how should we try to attain them?

If the big questions in life interest you, then come to Philosophy Lounge.  We meet every Thursday lunchtime in Room 51 (D block).  You can bring any questions that interest you, and engage in discussion and inquiry with other students to deepen your own understanding of the concepts.  All welcome.  See Mr Maxwell if you have any questions.

A Capella Group

“Rutherford Symphonics” is Rutherford College’s very own A Capella chorus.  If you like GLEE, Pentatonix or Pitch Perfect, then this is for you!  We are a mixed group of boys and girls and sing a wide variety of A Capella songs – from modern pop music to more traditional songs and songs from a diverse range of cultures.  No auditions or prior experience needed – if you like to sing and want to have a go, come along and check us out!
We currently meet every Wednesday lunchtime in room 51 with Mr Maxwell.  We are always open for new members, and are experimenting with beat-boxing; choreography and performance skills, while working on some new songs.l

Anime and Manga Club

Rutherford College’s Anime and Manga Club is a cultural club which appreciates animation and comics; although we mainly focus on Japanese oriented ones.

Every week on a Friday lunchtime students who are interested gather in C11 and watch an Anime Show of their choice – other activities include drawing contests as well as discussions about topics which are related.

We are a fun-loving and highly interactive group so if you’re interested please come along and check us out!

Te Kotuku ​Kapa Haka

Starting as the “Polynesian Club” in 1972, by Loraine Williams with Pita Sharples, the Te Kotuku Kapa Haka group are a force to be reckoned with.

Dame June Mariu took over the the group in 1976 and led the way to develop the Te Kotuku Marae (the first Marae on school grounds in New Zealand) and the Kotuku Kohanga Reo within the school grounds.

The group have, over the years, travelled to Hawaii (1982), Los Angeles and Hawaii (1985), Australia (1987), Tahiti (1994), South Africa (1998) and Australia (2000).  The group have always been well received and have been incredible ambassadors for New Zealand.

The group has competed in the Auckland Maori and Polynesian festival since 1977.

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