Pukepoto School is a small rural contributing school situated eight kilometres from Kaitaia on the Kaitaia-Awaroa Highway.

There are at present 2 full-time teaching staff and 2 classrooms- Years 1-3  and  Years 4-6.

We have a modern administration block as well as a multi-purpose hall and a fully refurbished school library/art gallery that we are very proud of. Pukepoto school is well-resourced in all curriculum areas with one-to-one devices in both rooms (iPads and Chromebooks) as well as Active Smartboards/Panels in all classrooms.  

The entrance to our school is via a concrete bus bay and through a carved archway, which forms a prominent feature of our school grounds.

Special features of Pukepoto school include a swimming pool, tennis and basketball court, large play areas and equipment, attractive well-maintained gardens and grounds, a school orchard, creek area with our own pet tuna, and wetlands which are currently being re-developed.  We also have school gardens, with worm farms and composting bins onsite to make our own rich soil and nutrients to grow our seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Our students enjoy a rural outlook and relatively low pupil/teacher ratios, enabling us to provide more one-to-one time and extra support.

Pukepoto has a tradition of whanau returning to enrol their families.

One of the strengths of our school is the caring extended family atmosphere and a community which supports the learning, cultural needs, and a strong sense of belonging to Pukepoto School.

'To provide for our children an education that will prepare them for life.'

'One of the strengths of the school is the caring extended family atmosphere and a community which supports the learning, cultural needs and a strong sense of belonging to Pukepoto School.'


Term 1  
Thursday 1 February - Friday 12 April

Term 2
Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July

Term 3  
Monday 22nd July  -  Friday 27th September

Term 4 
Monday 14th October - Friday 20th December(tbc)


Waitangi Day
Tuesday 6th February 2024

Good Friday    
Friday 29th March 2024

Easter Monday & Tuesday
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd April 2024   

Anzac Day      
Thursday 25th April 2024  

King's Birthday

Monday 3rd June 2024                

Matariki Day   
28th June 2024

Labour Day     
Monday 28th October 2024 


8.25 -  8.45       Breakfast Club
8.50 -  10.30     Instruction

10.30 – 10.50    Interval

10.50 – 12.30    Instruction

12.30 – 1.10        Lunch Break

1.10 – 2.35         Instruction

2.40pm   School Finishes

School grounds open at 8.15am – Monday to Friday

School Grounds close at 3.15pm