When Auckland Grammar School opened for business 150 years ago in an old immigration barracks, the annual tuition fees for day boys were just short of $1000 at today's value.

Times have changed - sort of. Grammar, like all state schools now, isn't allowed to charge tuition fees. But it does ask parents to pay a donation, set this year at $1250.

In wealthy Epsom, and ringed by a school zone that pumps up property prices, Grammar is an elite school, but insists it is not elitist. It has produced one prime minister - the caretaker Sir Francis Bell who

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