A list of New Zealand schools, including their contact details and institutional information. You can also build your own tailor-made list of schools.
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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.
An identifier used by the education sector to identify the organisation; aka MoE Number.
The name of school/campus/institution (see Schooling Organisations section).
Telephone number for each institution, including area code.
Fax number for each institution, including area code.
Email address for appropriate administrative contact for institution (see Email Addresses section).
The name of the principal, acting principal or director (for activity centres).
The institution website.
Physical address: Street.
Physical address: Suburb.
Physical address: Town / City.
Mailing address: Postal Address 1.
Mailing address: The suburb for an urban address in larger towns and cities. May be used for Rural Delivery Number for rural addresses.
Mailing address: City or town as recognised for postal delivery.
Mailing address: The post code for the address.
Urban Area as per Statistics NZ Urban Area- Urban areas are statistically defined areas with no administrative or legal basis. There are 150 urban areas in the 2017 urban area classification.
The organisation type. Defined organisation types are:
Composite (Year 1-10)
Composite (Year 1-15)
Contributing (Year 1-6)
Full Primary (Year 1-8)
Intermediate (Year 7 & 8)
Restricted Composite (Year 7-10)
Secondary (Year 11-15)
Secondary (Year 7-10)
Secondary (Year 7-15)
Teen Parent Unit
Defined authority types are
Other: Vote Education
Private: Fully Registered
Private: Provisionally Registered
Boards of Trustees of decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools can receive additional funding of $150 (excl GST) per student for that year in exchange for not seeking donations (except for overnight camps). Schools that opt in to the scheme must not ask students’ families and whanau for donations,
except for overnight camps (see School Donations additional information).
Definition providers further descriptive information on the type of each institution.
A summary description of the gender(s) accepted by the institution: Defined institution genders are:
Junior Boys, Senior Co-Ed
Primary Co-Ed, Secondary Girls
Territorial Authority as per Statistics NZ Territorial Authority - Territorial authorities are the second tier of local government in New Zealand, below regional councils. There are 67 territorial authorities in the Territorial Authority 2018 classification.
Regional Council as per Statistics NZ Regional Council - Regional councils are the top tier of local government in New Zealand. There are 16 regions in the Regional Council 2018 classification which cover every territorial authority in New Zealand, with the exception of the Chatham Islands Territory.
Five regions are administered as unitary authorities, which function as both regional council and territorial authority.
Name of the Local Office.
A region of New Zealand as defined by the Ministry and used for Ministry administrative purposes. Defined education regions are:
Bay of Plenty, Waiariki
Canterbury and Chatham Islands
Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu
Census Area Unit as per Statistics NZ Area Unit 2017 - Area units are non-administrative areas intermediate between meshblocks and territorial authorities.
The Ward area of the school as per Statistics NZ Ward. Wards are subdivisions of territorial authorities and result from the division, for electoral purposes, of the district of a territorial authority. There are 245 wards in the 2017 ward classification.
General Electorate as per Statistics NZ General Electoral District - General electoral districts are the voting districts for parliamentary elections. There are 64 electoral districts in the General Electoral District 2014 classification.
Māori Electorate as per Statistics NZ Māori Electoral District - Māori electoral districts are the voting districts for parliamentary elections for people who choose to be on the Māori electoral roll. There are 7 Māori electoral districts in the Māori Electoral District 2014 classification.
Community of Learning: ID. An identifier used by the education sector to identify the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
The name of the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
Latitudinal co-ordinate where the institution is located.
Longitudinal co-ordinate where the institution is located.
If a state or state integrated school is in an isolated area, it may be eligible for additional operational funding, called targeted funding for isolation. This funding helps schools whose isolation means that they have additional costs associated with accessing goods and services needed
to operate their school and deliver the curriculum. The isolation index is based on a schools distance from the nearest ‘small’, ‘medium’, and ‘large’ population centres. The isolation index determines both eligibility for the additional funding and how much it receives.
A schools decile indicated the extent to which the school draws its students from the low socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from the low socio-economic communities, whereas decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest
proportion of these students. A schools decile does not indicate the overall socio-economic mix of the school.
Indicative Roll Information
The date when the enrolment summary was determined.
The total roll of the institution (see Indicative Roll Numbers).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as European, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as Māori, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as Pacific, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as Asian, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as Middle Eastern, Latin American or African, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of student enrolled that affiliate as Other ethnicity, as per Statistics NZ Ethnicity New Zealand Standard Classification 2005. Roll numbers presented here are prioritised (see Ethnic Classification section).
The number of international students enrolled in the institution.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.