Local History

Awatapu College is a relatively new school, opening in 1976, but its site has an interesting history. Awatapu started life as an oxbow lake on the Manawatu River. Later it became a lagoon, providing food and shelter to members of the Maori of Rangitane. It also provided food for a myriad of sandflies, eels, pukeko, wood pigeons and many other birds.