Tai Wānanga

High School

About Us

In 2010 Tai Wānanga received Ministerial approval to operate as a designated character school pursuant to section 156 of the Education Act. We gained approval to establish two initial sites in Palmerston North (Tai Wānanga Tū Toa 2011) and Hamilton (Tai Wānanga ki Ruakura 2012).

Tai Wānanga is a holistic model which provides an inclusive, interactive and nurturing learning experience to ensure health in body, mind and spirit. At the centre of our learning framework is an Individualised Tailored Learning Plan(ITLP) based on career aspirations and exit strategy, strengths, passions and interests. A co-educational model we cater for Y9 to Y13 students with a capped site roll of 120.

The Tai Wānanga concept, values and its unique approach to learning was originally developed and founded by, and under the auspice of, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. We acknowledge the leadership of Dr. Rongo Wetere and Bentham Ohia who drove our submission to the point of approval.


Key Information

Gender: Co-Educational
Decile: 4
Authority: State
Region: Waikato
Roll Total: 141
International roll: 0


Ruakura AgResearch Centre East Street Hamilton

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