Huanui College has four houses named after influential New Zealanders who exemplify the school motto
“Vincit qui se vincit” - “He conquers who conquers himself”.
Each student is a member of a House. Competition between houses in different areas including swimming, athletics, cross country, basketball and mathematics is strong and fiercely contested.
House points are collected through the year with the winning house being announced at the end of year Prize Giving.
Sir Peter Blake was a New Zealand yachtsman who won the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Jules Verne Trophy – setting the fastest time around the world of 74 days 22 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds. He led his country to successive victories in the America’s Cup. Blake was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. Sir Peter was made a United Nations Environment Programme Special Envoy for his environmental work.
Sir Edmund Hillary was a mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953 at the age of 33, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. Following his ascent of Everest he devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.
Hone Heke Ngapua was a Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand and was influential in the development of the Young Maori Party. Ngapua helped to defuse the conflict of the Dog Tax War of 1897. He introduced a Native Rights Bill, some of which was incorporated into legislation passed in 1900.
Kate Sheppard was the most prominent member of New Zealand’s women’s suffrage movement, and is the country’s most famous suffragette. Because New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage, Sheppard’s work had a considerable impact on women’s suffrage movements in other countries.