2018 enrolment applications for years 1-13 at Te Pā o Rākaihautū (Te Pā) are now CLOSED.

An enrolment information evening will be held at 6.00pm, Wednesday 30 August 2018 at Te Pā o Rākaihautū.

Available Spaces at Te Pā

Spaces to be offered are limited by the Ministry of Education (Ministry) based on the size of our temporary premises at the former Linwood Intermediate school site. We are continuing to work with the Ministry to confirm the location of our permanent site which will accommodate a larger roll. We encourage you to write directly to the Ministry to let them know the impact of their continued delays.

The Ministry has set the maximum roll for Te Pā at the current temporary site at 260 across all year levels. Available spaces for each year level in 2018 are as follows:


Puna Hauaitu

Yrs 1- 3

Puna Waimarie

Yrs 4 – 6

Puna Karikari

Yrs 7 – 10


Yrs 11 – 13

25 8 8 4

Te Pā operates an enrolment scheme to manage oversubscription and enable sustainable enrolments across each level (see enrolment scheme criteria below).

Enrolment Process

Step 1.            Enrolment Applications

Download the 2017 Enrolment Information Pack and Pre-Enrolment Application Form here Te Pā o Rākaihautū Enrolment Pack 2017 or pick one up from Te Rito (the school office).

Complete the pre-enrolment application form and return (hard copy only) to Te Rito or mail to:

Attention: Enrolments

Te Pā o Rākaihautū

PO Box 27131



Enrolment applications close at 5pm on 1 September 2017. We cannot accept enrolment applications after this date. 

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest can be registered on-line at any time during the year. You may wish to register an expression of interest, which means you will be added to the EOI waiting list in order of the date the EOI was received. This could be relevant when selections are made. EOIs can be by filling in the Expression of

Year level

Current school

Home address

Contact details

Our Special Character

Te Pā o Rākaihautū was approved under Sec 156 of the Education Act 1989 as a designated character school by the Associate Minister of Education, the Hon Dr. Pita Sharples on 20 February 2014. Te Pā provides a unique educational opportunity for the rohe of greater Christchurch by providing place-based curriculum for the 21st century founded on tikanga and Te Reo Māori, Te Ao Māori values, culture and history in a pā based setting. The kaupapa of the school is based on the tipuna Rākaihautū, and built on traditional learning and teaching pedagogies adapted for 21st century learning, deeply anchoring learning in Te Waipounamu and reinforcing pā values.

We also recognise that Te Pā is located in the takiwā of Ngāi Tahu Whānui, and that it was founded by Nōku Te Ao Charitable Trust and its parent body, Te Ahikaroa kapahaka group. Whānau wishing to attend Te Pā must agree and commit to upholding the special character of Te Pā (see Special Character Information).

Enrolment Scheme Assessment

If there are more spaces than applications for a year level then those applications will automatically advance to the pre-enrolment stage (see Step 2 below).

If the number of enrolment applications for a particular year level exceeds the number of spaces available then the enrolment scheme criteria shall apply to applications for that year level (see criteria below). Applicants will be notified following the assessment whether their application will advance or not to pre-enrolment stage (Step 2 below).

Enrolment Scheme Criteria

Priority is given to applicants for whom Te Pā is reasonably convenient. Reasonable convenience for this enrolment scheme is defined as being the area of Ōtautahi (Christchurch), Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (Banks Peninsula) and Te Kete o Rākaihautū (Selwyn). This broader geographical area aligns with the wider catchment area of Te Pā as a designated character school that is unique in New Zealand and in particular a unique option for whānau across the local schooling network within the greater Christchurch area.

If there are more priority applicants than available places in a particular year level then applicants for that year level will be selected for enrolment according to the following priorities:

  • First priority is given to akonga who attended Noku Te Ao. Placements for year one will allow for akonga who turn five during the academic year.
  • Second priority must be given to the sibling of a current student of the school.
  • Third priority must be given to any applicant who is sibling of a former student of the school.
  • Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.
  • Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school:
  • Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants within the nominated geographical area.
  • If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places in any one priority group then applicants will be accepted on the basis of earliest expression of interest registered with Te Pā or Pre-Enrolment form received. Some flexibility will be exercised where siblings are concerned. Applicants who are not enrolled due to insufficient places will be registered on a waiting list and will be invited to attend a pre-enrolment hui in the event of a vacancy. The waiting list will remain in place until the next advertised enrolment.

If the number of applicants from outside the area of convenience exceeds the number of spaces available after all priority applicants have been offered a place, then the above criteria will apply to those applicants. If there are more applicants from outside the area of convenience than spaces available then a waiting list will be formed according to (g) above.

Te Pā will make contact with all enrolment applicants by 5 September 2016 to advise the outcome of the pre-enrolment application.

Successful applications following enrolment scheme assessment advance to the pre-enrolment stage (Step 2 below).

Unsuccessful applications following the enrolment scheme assessment will be notified of the initial decision but will remain on the waiting list pending the outcome of enrolment offers at the pre-enrolment stage below.

Step 2.            Pre-Enrolment

Hui Whakawhanaunga (interview)

Pre-enrolment applicants are required to attend a hui whakawhanaunga. These will be held from 5 September 2016 onwards.

The applicant’s whānau tautoko must attend the hui. The applicant’s whānau tautoko must demonstrate knowledge and acceptance of the designated character of Te Pā, its kaupapa and the special values of Te Pā. Year 7 and above applicants are also expected to demonstrate their understanding and acceptance of the kaupapa at Te Pā.

Each whānau will be informed within 3 days following their hui of the outcome of their application.

Applicants on the waiting list will be invited to advance to the Pre-Enrolment hui stage in the event that a pre-enrolment applicant withdraws or otherwise is not enrolled at Te Pā.


Nau mai, tauti mai! We look forward to hearing from you.

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For more information phone Whaea Dalice on 03 381 0899.

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