About NZ's network of schools

New Zealand currently has about 2,500 schools. Together they form New Zealand’s network of schools. We look after all state and state integrated schools in 10 regions across the country, and each region has smaller local networks of schools.

You can also view this video in te reo Māori:

Network regions

To offer the best quality education for all children and young people, New Zealand’s schools have to be responsive, resilient, sustainable and inclusive. Our schools are continuously adapting as our population grows and our communities change.

It can be challenging to understand all the different types of schools that make up the network, and how enrolment schemes, school transport and Boards of Trustees fit in. When changes to a school or groups of schools are proposed, it can be even more challenging.

You’ll rely on schools and their Boards of Trustees to provide a child or young person you care about with the opportunities and support they need to learn and achieve.

You’ll rely on us to provide you with up to date factual information when you need to make a decision or want to have a say on issues relating to a school near you.

The national network

Of the 2,500 schools in New Zealand, the majority are state and state integrated, which are funded by the government. When we talk about the network of schools it’s an easy way of referring to all schools collectively as one group.

The New Zealand network of schools stretches the length of the country and includes the Chatham Islands.

We’ve got teams working with schools and their Boards of Trustees and communities across 10 regions around the country. Our priority is making sure there are places available for all children and young people at their local school.

Bay of Plenty, Waiariki
Canterbury, Chatham Islands
Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti
Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast
Otago, Southland
Tai Tokerau
Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū

Local networks

In the regions there are catchments of smaller local networks. These can be defined using Territorial Local Authority boundaries or Census data, or they are part of a Community of Learning ǀ Kāhui Ako, or have links based on professional support, shared funding or transport considerations.

Local networks usually include immediate neighbouring schools that cater for a community’s students together, or ‘feed’ or ‘contribute’ students to each other as they move through the learning pathway and transition from one school to the next.

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback