Ōtaki School

Te kura o Ōtaki

Te Kura o Ōtaki, Ōtaki School, is a unique school which proudly offers 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. Each of the pathways offer well-planned, well organized learning programmes which aim to educate, challenge and inspire our children to be the best that they can be, because they are our leaders of tomorrow, as expressed in our vision statement.

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Te Korowai Whakamana is the 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 the bilingual whānau which offers a learning programme in both English and Māori for students from Year 1 - 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.


A 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.