Kia ora whānau
“Tamaiti akona i te pā, tū ana ki te ao, tau ana”

A child educated to be strong in their own identity stands confident in the world.
We are excited to announce that Te Pā o Rākaihautū is set to open its doors in January 2015, at our temporary site in Richmond, Christchurch.

We are now in the process of recruiting a team of up to 13 kaiārahi (learning champions) to join our newly appointed kaiurungi (tumuaki) and kaihautū (leadership team) to bring this exciting new education initiative to life.

Te Pā o Rakaihautū is an innovative 21st century pā wānanga (learning village) devoted to educational success for the whole whānau. In the pā, we aim to remove the artificial walls between early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary; deeply embed our values, our stories and our places; and provide a truly seamless lifelong learning experience.

Te Pā o Rakaihautū will be the first of its kind in the country. By bringing together Māori and English mediums in a pā setting it will create a unique learning environment that will deliver significantly improved outcomes for Māori students. Te Pā will open for Term 1, 2015 for Year 1-10 students initially, before growing to Year 1-13 over the subsequent three years. Te Pā’s unique intergenerational and place based approach to learning sets it apart from other bilingual and immersion settings.

So if you know someone special who would make a spectacular kaiarahi or are interested in enrolling go to our website at for more information. Tū ki te ao, tau ana. Nā Rangimarie Parata Takurua, Chair.