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Te Whakatipu tamariki me te whakakake

Educate to Innovate

Ōpunakē Primary: Creating a Future of Possibilities

Haka Pōwhiri

Ngā Mātāpono



At Ōpunakē Primary, we are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment that encourages students to think outside the box. Our school focuses on providing hands-on learning experiences for our students, while simultaneously incorporating the use of technology to enhance their learning and creativity.

We strive to create a space where all students are respected and provided with the tools they need to reach their full potential. With our comprehensive curriculum, small class sizes and dedicated teachers, Ōpunakē Primary is the perfect place for your child to learn and grow.


We use Hero at Ōpunakē Primary, make sure you download it if your child is enrolled. Click the above image for more info.

On Hero, you will receive details on upcoming events and you will also be able to notify the office if your child is absent from school.


Empowering Learners
Whakapakari Ākonga

Our Local Place Based Curriculum

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School Motif

Welcome to Ōpunake Primary, where we provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students to grow and thrive. Our school proudly features a unique motif, the Prow of the Canoe, which represents our journey through learning and life. The original design was created by Alan Love in 1991, and we have since adapted (with his permission) to represent our school values and identity with the help of our staff and a local graphic designer.



Our school values - Whānaungatanga, Ako, Kaitiakitanga and Aroha- are more than just words on paper. They are foundational pillars that define the way we work and learn together. We understand that creating a supportive and inclusive environment is not just the job of the teachers but also of the wider community. With this in mind, we have dedicated ourselves to implementing our values in everything we do, from planning curriculum to organizing extra-curricular activities.

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Apple Distinguished School

We celebrate our teaching staff, who are passionate about creating truly engaging and inspiring learning experiences for our students. We recognise the value of a growth mindset and a school culture that supports our teachers as they design and implement innovative learning experiences.  Our primary goal is to inspire students, involve them in unique learning experiences, and make learning both challenging and fun.

Contact Us

Gisborne Terrace, Ōpunakē


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