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  
Tuesday 31 January - Thursday 6 April

Term 2
Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June 

Term 3  
Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4 
Monday 9 Oct - Friday 15 December (tbc) 


Anniversary Day           
Monday 30th January 2023      

Waitangi Day
Monday 06th February 2023   

Good Friday    
Friday 7th April 2023

Easter Monday & Tuesday
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th April 2023         

Anzac Day      
Tuesday 25th April 2023          

Queen’s Birthday        
Monday 05th June 2023           

Matariki Day   
Friday 14th July 2023

Labour Day     
Monday 23rd October 2023 


8.25 -  8.45       Breakfast Club
8.50 -  10.30     Instruction

10.30 – 10.50    Interval

10.50 – 12.30    Instruction

12.30 – 1.15        Lunch Break

1.15 – 2.35         Instruction

2.40pm   School Finishes

School grounds open at 8.15am – Monday to Friday

School Grounds close at 3.15pm