- Tararua College opens on 2nd February.
- First open day for the public on 2nd April.
- First Parents Association meeting on 4th May.
- B Block completed.
- Grand piano, mahogany lectern and table purchased for the Hall with a gift of 600 pounds from the Pahiatua DHS Memorial fund.
- The silver birches were planted on the main drive
- Tararua College officially opened by the Governor General, Viscount Cobham, in the presence of the local MP, the Prime Minister elect Keith Holyoake on 11th October.
- College choir’s first broadcast 9 Lessons and Carols service 11.25am on Christmas Day on 2ZA Palmerston North.
- Tararua College Educational Trust founded in February. Within a year it has 351 members and has raised over 1120 pounds.
- Peter Snell and Murray Halberg visit in April.
- Head Boy, Peter Lines, wins the 1962 Upham Scholarship.
- 17th September NZBC Orchestra performed in the Hall.
- Mr. McLean’s magazine editorial, emphasizing the dangers of letting science dominate the curriculum education was the subject of an editorial in the Wellington Evening Post.
- Tararua College Rowing Team obtains canoes and oars from Auckland Rowing Club and takes part in Secondary Schools regattas in Wanganui and Wellington.
- Work starts on the gym. Parents Association gives 4200 pounds.
- North Island Secondary schools rowing regatta on the Tiraumea River: 15 schools take part.
- Gymnasium opened by W.H.Brown MP for Palmerston North (although the plaque said Mr A Kinsella who was Minister of Education and was ill) on 12th June. It had cost 13,000 pounds of which the college raised about a third.
- Tararua College Choir wins a national competition for recorded music run by the NZ Esperanto Society.
- Tim Bell wins Tararua College’s first Scholarship.
- There is much discussion about the need for examinations for the junior school.
- Work begins on the School Cafeteria.
- A site is purchased for a boarding hostel due for completion in 1968 and arrangements made to use a wing of the Pahiatua hospital in the meantime.
- The College’s only recorded Debutante Ball in front of Mr and Mrs. Holyoake.
- Fifth and Sixth form Australian tour.
- Mr M K Denholm becomes Principal of Tararua College.
- Social Studies department trip to the South Island.
- 10th Jubilee Reunion at Easter, 4th-6th April.
- Visit of Governor General Sir Arthur Porrit in July.
- Mr S.W. Gaudin becomes Principal of Tararua College.
- Uniform abolished for Seventh Form/ Year 13 and for Sixth Form (Year 12) in mid-year.
- Hair regulations relaxed.
- Year 9 and 10 examinations abolished and replaced by a system of testing.
- Gala day raised $4000.
- South Island Tour for Senior students. Cost $8 each
- Prefects elected and committee system introduced.
- Streaming scaled back.
- Rock gardens put around the school.
- School Canteen completed.
- First Mufti week.
- Death of Mr W. A. Carthew, MBE JP, first elected chairperson of the Board of Management.
- Study groups introduced; prefects abolished and replaced by school council.
- Streaming of classes abolished.
- Internal Television system first set up in the college.
- Form deans first appointed.
- Senior Science Block built.
- Maori introduced to the curriculum.
- Shower and changing facilities added to the Gymnasium.
- Electives begin on Wednesday afternoons.
- First Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisers appointed.
- Queen Carnival raises over $25,000 for the District Sports Complex.
- Trip to New Caledonia.
- Miss I. E Checkley dies, leaving her property to the Tararua College Educational Trust.
- Ian and Peter Herkes set a World Crawling Record on the track.
- Scrap metal collection raised $3000.
- Tu Tangata formed.
- Tararua College takes part in World Vision for the first time.
- South Island Trip.
- Swimming pool opened - not the building - on 10th November.
- Tu Tangata Rotorua and Murupara Trip.
- Canoe Trip to Lake Tarawera and again in 1982.
- The Library built.
- Irene Hislop wins three gold, one silver and a bronze at the World Childrens' Disabled Games in London.
- Visit by Hone Tuwhare.
- Swimming Pool roofed in.
1983 1984 1985
- Introduction of Liberal Studies.
- Ski Trip to Ruapehu and again in 1983.
- Tararua College Silver Jubilee at Easter.
- Parewahawaha Marae Trip.
- Major Sports Tour (rugby, netball and basketball) to Australia in May.
- End of Year: Science Courtyard built.
- Site blessed and work begins on building of Whare Wananga on 11th April.
- Tania Hepi comes 1st equal in the Lions National “Youth Speaks for New Zealand” competition.
- Sally Richardson revives a College Singing Group.
- Nick Gaudin retires as principal in June and is succeeded by Eric Smith.
- Whare Wananga opened by Governor General, Sir Paul Reeves on 28th August in the presence of 1000 guests.
- College repainted and cafeteria mural painted by Rachel Donald.
- Visit by Sam Hunt.
- Introduction of Transition as a subject.
- Visit by Governor-General Sir Paul Reeves on 21st September to unveil a plaque on the Whare Wananga.
- Introduction of Tomorrow’s Schools in October 1st: Board of Governors becomes Board of Trustees.
- Redevelopment of the bottom of A and B Block
- Path from Tama Tu Tama Ora put in.
- Construction of new changing rooms linking the Gym and the Pool.
- Introduction of the voucher system.
- Introduction of Horticulture.
- Opening of the Gymnasium refurbishment by Lois Muir in September.
- Duncan Elliott represents NZ in the National Skeet Shooting Team.
- Brendon Tootell is National Supercross Champion.
- Opening of the Nick Gaudin Music Suite.
- School leaving age raised to 16.
- Tararua College repainted.
- College visit to New Caledonia.
- Cafeteria and Staff Area destroyed by fire on 12th May.
- First visit of Seito High School from Japan.
- Opening of the new staff room, staff workroom and Canteen in Term 2.
- Drama group wins second place in National Shakespeare competition.
- Peer Support introduced.
- Introduction of teaching by computer linkup with other schools.
- Reece Robinson captains the NZ Secondary Schools rugby team.
- Introduction of Computer Technology and Rural
- Studies/Horticulture as subjects.
- Unit Standards introduced.
- National Certificate of Employment Skills introduced.
- Phil McCreery becomes principal of Tararua College (July).
- Death of Sue Rowden, Chairperson of the Board.
- Sue Rowden Support Centre opened.
- Music tour of South Island.
- Tu Tangata class support programme begins.
- Introduction of extension classes.
- Introduction of new senior uniform.
- Refurbishment of Administration Block.
- Kelly Beech Agriculture Unit set up.
- Automotive classrooms built.
- Educational Trust scholarships begin.
- Jones Motors presents school car.
- Tararua Roading presents school van.
- Whare Storage Room built. 2002
- Completion and Opening of the Technology Suite: March.
- Completion of the Kelly Beech Rural Education unit.
- Primary Technology begins at Tararua College.
- National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) begins.
- Refurbishment of the Science Block.
- Opening of the Technology Suite.
- Opening of the Whare Kai.
- Refurbishment of the Science Block.
2006 - 2009
- Introduction of Gateway Programme.
- Term Two: Phil McCreery becomes Principal of Cambridge High School.
- Term Four: Glynis De Castro becomes Principal.
- Performing Arts trip to Vanuatu.
- Music department trip to Queensland.
- Rugby Trip to Australia
- Music Tour to Taupo
- Italy Trip
- Tararua College School Hall refurbished
- Music Tour to New Plymouth
- S.T.R.I.V.E Values adopted
- Technology Block re-roofed
- Tararua College becomes a Google Apps school
- Year 10 Samoa Trip
- Change from Form Classes and Year Level Deans to Mentoring Groups and House Deans
- Introduction of school-wide wireless network for staff and students.