Hapuku School is a Designated Character School providing bilingual and bicultural education for students from Year 1 – Year 8.

Hapuku School Vision

The Best of Both Worlds – From the mountains to the sea –

“Ki uta ki tai”

Our Values: These values are deeply held beliefs highlighting what our school community considers most important for our learners so that they will thrive in diverse communities. These values will be reflected in all actions and interactions within the school:

Manaakitanga: showing kindness and caring to one another

Rangatiratanga: self-determination

Kaitiakitanga: encourage and practice sustainability for our language and customs, and for our environment

Kia rere te reo: let the language flow

Our vision will be achieved and upheld through focusing on these four key strategic areas:

Ako – Learning

Inspiring, balanced and progressive learning experiences that lead to world ready Hapuku graduates

Hauora – Wellbeing

Resilient, articulate, respectful, proud, caring and creative tamariki full of effort and integrity

Kotahitanga – Community Partnerships

Engaged and included community, supporting Hapuku School learning practices

Tuakiri – Culture and Identity

Be confident in our ever-changing world(s) while embracing our unique history; and the special principles and practices of Maori

Hapuku School Location

Hapuku is a small, rural school located 7 km north of Kaikoura on S.H. 1. The School was established  in 1905 and is an attractive, small, school in a rural setting, at the foot of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and beside Te Tai o Marokura, close to Mangamaunu marae.

School facilities

Hapuku School school has well developed and maintained grounds with many mature trees. The facilities include a community room/ library, a BBQ area and a large playing field. Our akomanga are well furnished and resourced, warm and provide stimulating environments for children’s learning. We have a great community building that we use as a library,  and also as an extra learning and teaching space.

Small Class size

With 15 children on our roll we have the advantage of having small classes, excellent student/teacher ratio and highly skilled support staff and teachers in our classroom. Our community and whanau are also regularly involved in working with us all. taina pics 081

Bilingual and Bicultural education

We provide bilingual and bicultural education throughout the school. Our school has a close, formal relationship with Nga Uri o Mangamaunu and the marae. Te Reo Maori is integrated across the curriculum. Our children enjoy exciting topic work covering and integrating all areas of the National Curriculum. Priority is given to reading, writing and mathematics. We run exciting whole school, integrated learning programmes (focusing on inquiry learning) where junior and senior classes are grouped for project work. This enables all of our students to develop and practice their leadership and peer support skills. IMG_0031

Our community relationship

The school enjoys a great relationship with the community and has excellent support in its activities. One of our greatest attributes is our friendly, family atmosphere. In our school all children are included.

Hapuku School Staff

Principal and Senior Class teacher – Tai Huata

Principal Release teacher – Kataraina Callow

Teacher Aide – Jackie Stutz

Cleaner/caretaker – Morgan Hawira

Board of Trustees

Chairperson – Sarah Beardmore

Parent  representative – Steven Curtis

Nga Uri o Mangamaunu – Rosie Poharama

Parent representative – Melinda Green

Staff Representative – Shelley Riddell

Principal – Tai Huata

Our Board’s role is to govern the school. Members are elected every three years, the most recent election being 2019.
The Board meets every month. Parents and community members are most welcome to attend Board of Trustees meetings.
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