About our School


The early days of Tapora School

Tena Koutou Katoa

Tapora School is situated in a supportive rural community on the Okahukura Peninsula which juts into the Kaipara Harbour. The area was originally settled by Ngati Whatua and then, more recently by returned servicemen after the war. There are still farms run by the descendants of these settlers.

The district has two distinct geographical areas: the low lying western end of the peninsula taken up largely by dairy farms; and the more rugged and hilly central and eastern regions of mainly sheep and cattle farms. There is a settlement of holiday and retirement homes near the beach.

The closest town, Wellsford, is 33 kilometres away. It acts as a service town for a large rural area that stretches from the east coast to the west. Warkworth is another fifteen minutes drive south from Wellsford and offers a greater range of services and employment opportunities. It takes an hour and 30 minutes to drive to central Auckland from Tapora so members of the community enjoy a beautiful rural setting while having access to city facilities if needed.

The school draws students from the Tapora district, as well as from Wellsford, the Wharehine and Port Albert areas. The school is multi-cultural, with students from Maori, Pakeha and Japanese heritage.

The school is staffed by the Principal, a full time teacher, one 0.3 principal release teacher, a part time office administrator, one part time teacher aide, a part time caretaker and a part time cleaner. Our teachers aim to deliver an exciting, engaging and challenging programme with an emphasis on literacy, numeracy and inquiry learning. Teachers at Tapora School are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and learning while, through our CHaOS curriculum delivery framework, our learners are motivated and self-managed.


Ariel view of Tapora School

We offer something different for children and their families at Tapora School. We believe that “small is good” in that we offer smaller class sizes, a 1:1 computer to student ratio and a strong tuakana/teina culture in which our senior students are always looking out for our younger students and everyone knows and cares about each other. As a school, we welcome and embrace community involvement and engagement. Parents and members of the wider community are always welcome and regularly give their time, skills and expertise to enrich our school environment and the learning that goes on here.

Tapora School has a strong commitment to staff and students having access to and the use of high quality computer and digital technology to support teaching and learning in the areas of communication and information skills. We aim for our students to respect both themselves and others, take responsibility for their own learning and their actions and have the willingness and confidence to pursue their dreams with integrity and a generosity of Spirit.