Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kura o Ōtaki

Te Kura o Ōtaki is a unique school nestled between te maunga o Tararua and Ōtaki Beach. The Ōtaki River and Mangapouri Stream protect us and give us life on each side. We are guided and uplifted by the tikanga of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga.

We proudly offer three distinct pathways to learning for our students. A total immersion reo Māori learning pathway, a bi-lingual learning pathway and an English immersion learning pathway.

Our vision is to educate, challenge and inspire our children to be the best that they can be.

They are our leaders of tomorrow.

Ko ā tātou tamariki ngā rangatira ō āpōpō.

He kura motuhake Te Kura o Ōtaki e noho ana ki waenganui pū i te pae maunga o Tararua me te moana o Te Rau o te Rangi. Ka ora mātou i te mauri o ngā awa e tere nei ki ngā taha o te Kura, ara, ko Ōtaki awa, ko te Mangapouri manga ēra. Ka whaia e mātou ngā tikanga e hāngai pū ana ki te iwi nā rātou mātou i manaaki i roto i ngā tau, ara, ko Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga tēna.


E toru ngā ara ako kei tō mātou nei kura. Ko Te Korowai Whakamana - he whānau rūmaki i te reo Māori. Ko Matariki - he whānau rūmaki i te reo Ingarihi. Ko Kia Manawanui - he whānau ka ako ki roto i ngā reo e rua.


Ko tā mātou whainga matua ko te whakaako, ko te wero, ko te whakaohooho i a tātou tamariki kia eke rātou ki ngā taumata tiketike e tika ana mō rātou.

Ko ā tātou tamariki ngā rangatira ō āpōpō.

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Check out the photos from Term 1 on our Gallery Page

This video is from our final taonga puoro celebration with Matua Jonas.

Our Learning Pathways

In each of our learning pathways special emphasis is placed on catering for the individual needs of all students in our school community. The Ōtaki School curriculum therefore caters for all students inclusive of gender, ethnicity and ability. The teaching and learning reflects our lives here in Te Rohe o Ngāti Raukawa.

Te Korowai Whakamana is our total immersion unit which consists of four classes catering to students from Year 1 - 8. This pathway is for kōhanga reo graduates and whānau who would like their children to be educated in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. After eight years in this programme, these talented high achievers graduate as fluent speakers, readers and writers of te reo.

Kia Manawanui is our bilingual pathway which offers learning programmes in both English and Māori for students from Year 0 - 6. This programme is for students who would like to learn in a bilingual, bi-cultural environment. While the majority of the instruction is in English, there is a fair amount of te reo Māori spoken and taught in the class, with te reo Māori me ōna tikanga playing an important role..

Matariki, our English immersion pathway, caters for a range of culturally diverse students. Māori language and culture is highly valued while also embracing multi-culturalism, enjoying the richness and diversity presented by the many cultures here.

Ōtaki School Kapahaka Performances 2021

Kia Manawanui & Matariki

Te Korowai Whakamana 2021

Video credit: Emily Hakaraia & Co.

Video credit: Emily Hakaraia & Co.