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Photos like the one displayed here are rarely annotated with the names, but it does happen occasionally. These photos are sometimes found in school history books or local museums.
National Archives is the repository for school rolls. I looked at the Auckland Provincial School Inspector reports. The Schools have been listed in blue folders on the shelves in the reading room and I ordered YCAF 4135/25a, 1879-1900, (there are other years).
The register which arrived on the desk had the school reports bound (reasonable to delicate condition), with the schools listed alphabetically. Here is an example from Karangahake School which in December 1890 had 43 pupils.
The heads of schools often kept the rolls at home and some may still be found today amongst personal effects after deaths but ownership of them belongs to the Education Dept. So if you know of any, please contact Archives New Zealand.
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists indexing volunteers have been busy over the years compiling these rolls.