About our School

Pukepoto School is a small rural contributing school of 49 students and is situated eight kilometres from Kaitaia on the Kaitaia-Awaroa Highway.

The school is a decile 1 and is approximately 80% Maori.

There are at present 3 fulltime teaching staff and 3 classrooms- Room1 NE-Yr 1, Yr 2, Room 2, Yr-3, – Yr 4, and Room 4 Yr 5-Yr 6.

The school has a modern administration block as well as a multi-purpose hall and a refurbished school library. The school is well resourced in all curriculum areas with all classes having computers( 1 per 2 students) and an Active Smartboard in each classroom

Entrance to the school is via a concrete bus bay and through a Maori carved archway and shrubbery, which forms a prominent feature of the school grounds.

Special features of the school include a swimming pool, large play areas and equipment, as well as attractive well-maintained gardens and grounds and a school orchard.

The school enjoys a rural outlook and relatively low pupil/teacher ratios.

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

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.


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


Pukepoto School will be a school where:

staff, students and parents feel pride in belonging to the school,

the rights of all are respected,

efforts and achievements are acknowledged,

all contributions are valued,

responsibility for one’s own learning is encouraged,

a love of learning is actively promoted,

a concerted effort is made to build self-esteem.