North Porirua Schooling provision - background information

The aim is for the Porirua education system to be a great example of students being able to access 21st century education in an innovative learning environment. 

We understand from the community and schools that there are a range of complex issues impacting the provision of education for Porirua. 

The Porirua City Council, schools leaders and other community leaders have said they’re willing to work together to address these issues.  The Minister has asked Ngāti Toa and and the Council, with support from the Ministry, to engage with their communities across the City and to develop a long term area strategy and implementation plan.

About the consultation

Roll growth is putting pressure on the southern fringe of the Northern Porirua schooling area affecting Papakowhai and Rangikura primary schools in particular.  We’re working with these 2 schools at the moment to alleviate the immediate pressure they are facing. Roll growth in the area is likely to continue because of the ongoing Aotea Block development plan. We asked for feedback on these options:

The proposed options for feedback were

Option 1

Strengthen provision for Year 7-8 at Aotea College, by changing some or all of the northern area primary schools to Year 1-6 and creating Year 7-13 provision at Aotea College

Option 2

Strengthen provision for Year 1-8, by creating a new primary school or by creating a second campus of Papakowhai School to meet growth in the south of the Aotea Block. This could be located either:

  • On a new site in the south of the Aotea development, or
  • At or near Aotea College

Option 3

Other options the community may identify in response to this initial feedback round.


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