North Porirua, Aotea, future schooling provision

We’re looking at changing the current schooling provision in Aotea, North Porirua due to ongoing roll growth issues.

July 2017 update

Thank you to everyone that submitted feedback on the proposed options for future schooling provision in North Porirua, Aotea.

A summary of the feedback will be provided on this page in early Term 3.

The analysis of the feedback will determine next steps. We continue to be committed to running a full and open consultation process and want to be thorough in our response to the feedback. 

This may impact on the initial timeframe but we believe it is important to get the process right. At this stage we are still aiming to have a final decision later this year on future provision in the area.

We anticipate the decision will be made in Term 4. We will keep you updated on progress.

May 2017 update

Thank you to all of those who submitted feedback on the proposed options for the North Porirua, Aotea future schooling provision.  Submissions closed at the end of Term 1 2017 and we received more than 100 feedback forms.

We are currently analysing the feedback and other relevant data and information to see if there is a preferred option.  We will then seek the Minister’s approval to progress to next steps including formal consultation on the approved option.

For background information, updates and access to assistance use one of these contacts:



0800 737 275

Direct Contact

Elspeth Maxwell, Education Manager

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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