New Zealand Schools

A list of New Zealand schools, including their contact details and institutional information. You can also build your own tailor-made list of schools.

The Schools Directory is updated nightly.

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Schooling Directory Information

Email addresses are only listed for schools that agreed to have their email publicly released. Persons or organisations wishing to send email material to individuals or organisations whose email addresses appear in this directory must comply with the requirements of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007.

Principal names are available for State and State Integrated Schools. Principal names for Private Schools are provided where available. The most up to date information that we have available has been provided. Recent changes may not be reflected.

This data is accessed via the Schools Directory API.

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Schooling Organisations

As well as open schools this directory shows proposed schools.  Only limited information may be available for these proposed schools.

Some school boards of trustees have units that have been set up for specific purposes, such as teen parent units.  Students from a number of schools may attend the unit for courses of varying length.  Two type of special purpose units are included in this directory; teen parent units and activity centres.

Established by agreement of the Minister of Education, teen parent units are for students unable to learn in the mainstream educational system because of pregnancy and child rearing responsibilities.

Established by the Minster of Education, although no more are to be established, activity centres provide a specialised learning programme for secondary school students (years 9–13) who are at risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling and/or at risk of low educational, social, or vocational outcomes.

Email Addresses

Only ECE centres and schools that agreed to the public release of their email address have those addresses listed here. Persons or organisations wishing to send email material to individuals or organisations whose email addresses appear in this directory must comply with the requirements of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007. Publication of email addresses on this site should not be taken as deemed consent to receiving unsolicited email.

School Donations

All children in New Zealand have the right to free education. If they do not opt in to the donations scheme, boards may seek donations towards the cost of curriculum delivery, but cannot compel payments for items that are part of this.

Boards of Trustees of decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools and kura can receive additional funding of $150 (excl GST) per student for that year in exchange for not seeking donations (except for overnight camps).

Boards of Trustees of schools and kura that opt in to the scheme must not ask students’ families and whanau for donations, except for overnight camps. For the purposes of the donations scheme, a school camp is defined as any curriculum-related activity where students are expected to stay overnight as part of that activity. Examples include Education Outside the Classroom camps, a year 9 induction camp, and an overnight field trip as part of senior secondary assessment. Boards may seek donations towards the cost of these camps but cannot compel payment. Family/whanau can choose to pay the donation in full, in part, or not at all, and no student can be excluded from attending a camp that is part of curriculum delivery because of an inability or unwillingness to pay a donation toward the activity’s cost.

Boards who have opted into the donations scheme may charge for sports trips or activities that are outside the school curriculum, for example school sports teams. Participation in these activities is optional and schools can enforce payment in order for a child to participate.

Proprietors of state-integrated schools and kura can charge attendance dues. These are compulsory regardless of whether the school or kura has opted in to the donations scheme. Proprietors cannot increase the maximum level of attendance dues without the approval of the Minister of Education.

Schools can ask parents and whānau to pay for goods and services they provide that are optional (eg pens and lunches) but it is up to families/whānau to decide whether to buy them from the school/kura or elsewhere.

Decile 8 -10 schools and those who chose not to opt-in can still ask for donations but payment cannot be compelled or enforced. Parents can choose to pay a donation in full, in part, or not at all.

More information can be found on the Fees, charges and donations page on the Education website.

Indicative Roll Numbers (Schools Directory)

Roll numbers presented here are not from the Ministry’s formal roll collections.  They are estimates calculated from ENROL, a Ministry of Education system.  ENROL is a register of student enrolments.  It lets schools update enrolments as students enrol, change schools or leave the school system.  The system was developed to facilitate the accurate and efficient enrolment of students, and, to monitor and ensure student enrolment and attendance (particularly during the compulsory schooling ages).

Ethnic Classification

The term "ethnicity" refers to the ethnic group or groups to which an individual belongs.  The concept of ethnicity adopted by the Ministry of Education is a social construct of group affiliation and identity.  The Ministry of Education uses the definition of ethnicity used by Statistics New Zealand, namely:

A social group whose members have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • they share a sense of common origins,
  • they claim a common and distinctive history and destiny,
  • they possess one or more dimensions of collective cultural individuality,
  • they feel a sense of unique collective solidarity.

Where possible, ethnicity data is presented as a multiple response. Multiple response works by considering each ethnicity a person affiliates with as one data entry. For example, the data relating to an individual who affiliates as both Māori and Pasifika will be included in both categories. They are, however, included only once in the total. This approach is easily undertaken when data is collected in a disaggregate fashion.

However, ECE and school rolls are based on prioritised ethnicity.  Prioritisation of ethnicity is when people are allocated to one of the ethnicities they have recorded that they affiliate with. This usually occurs when data are collected manually and/or aggregate data returns are collected centrally. This allocation is performed using a predetermined order of ethnic groups. Where ethnicity is prioritised it is in the order of Māori, Pasifika, Asian, MELAA (Middle Eastern, Latin American, and African), other groups except European/Pākehā, and European/Pākehā.

European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined). For example this includes, but is not limited to, people who consider themselves as Australian (not including Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

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