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Super 8 Schools



Formed in 1997, the New Zealand Super Eight group of schools incorporates the eight boys' high schools from their respective provincial cities of the central North Island. The first sporting competitions were sponsored by Canterbury International and commenced in 1998, involving rugby and cricket.  Since that time, the  Super Eight concept has grown to include not only 10 sports competitions but also a cultural festival and professional development programmes for management staff and curriculum teachers.

All Super Eight competitions, no matter which sporting code, are of a very high level of quality which is based on hard work and a burning desire for success.  The outstanding performances and fiercely competitve nature of Super Eight illustrate the intrinsic value of this high level interschools rivlary.  Super Eight is a unique competition which creates an unparalleled sense of camaraderie between students of the Super Eight schools.  These high level competitions are a real chance for our players to compete against elite opponents in pressured and demanding competitions.

The schools' individually and collectively reflect a traditional ethos of education, which relates to their long histories as cornerstones of education in their regions.  Old Boys have a prominence across New Zealand's society as University academics and educators, senior business managers and entrepneurs, civic leaders and politicians and as sport and cultural icons.

Today the New Zealand Super Eight School's Group is synonymous with excellence in education, innovation in management and outstanding performance on stage and the sports field.  The management of the schools' group is rotated on an annual basis and school leaders meet twice a year to establish priorities, discuss initiatives and set guidelines for the ensuing year.

The Schools which comprise the Super Eight group and links to their websites are detailed below:


Gisborne  Boys' High School


Napier Boys' High School


Hamilton Boys' High School


New Plymouth Boys' High School


Palmerston North Boys' High School


Rotorua Boys' High School


Tauranga Boys' College


Super Eight Schools' Website