Arataki School Enrollment Information

Over the last few years, our school has grown significantly. This year alone we have opened four extra classrooms. Growth is a good thing, and it shows how widely respected our school is as more and more families choose to send their tamariki to Arataki. However, it does present us with some challenges, particularly around our school buildings and infrastructure as we struggle to find the space to fit everyone in.

As a Board, one of the things we have been looking at is how we best plan for and manage our growing school population. One way we can do this is by introducing an enrolment scheme (zone) for Arataki School. We are proposing to put a zone in place by early 2019.

We understand this is a big decision for our school community and we are keen to hear your thoughts on what a enrolment scheme might mean for you and for our school.

We have created a draft zone and map for our families to consider. A large version of the map is on display in the school office and community room. We’ll also be holding information sessions in the community room where you can come and find out more information. The first one of these will be held on Tuesday 4th September from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.

We are the only primary school in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa who doesn’t have an enrolment scheme in place. The proposed zone covers the area that borders the Omanu, Tahatai Coast, and Papamoa Primary School zones.

Most of our current students come from within the proposed zone. The introduction of an enrolment scheme doesn’t affect students who are currently enrolled at, and attending, Arataki School.

For children who have not yet enrolled, the enrolment scheme would mean:

If they live in the zone, they will have the right to enrol at Arataki School

Children who live outside the zone, are able to enrol at Arataki School if there are places available in their year group. If more children wish to enrol than there are places available, the Education Act says that places must be offered to children in the following order of priority:

  1. Students accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school (such as Kopukairoa and Montessori)
  2. Siblings of current students.
  3. Siblings of former students.
  4. Children of former students
  5. Children of staff and board members.
  6. All other students

If more children wish to enrol than there are places available, the Board must conduct a ballot to determine who is offered a place.

Before we make a decision on the enrolment scheme, we would like to hear the views of our school community. Please send any feedback you have about the proposed zone to us by 4pm on Monday 15 October to:


Post: The Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Arataki School.

Or drop your written feedback into the consultation box in the school office.

We will also be asking for feedback from our wider community and neighbouring schools.

If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Shelley Blakey, or the Board Chair, Megan Clarkin.


The guidelines for development and operating of enrolment schemes are issued under section 11G (3) of the Education Act 1989 for the purpose of describing the basis on which the Secretary’s powers in relation to enrolment schemes will be exercised.

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below (and shown on the attached map) shall be entitled to enroll at the school.

The boundary of the enrolment zone begins at 273C Oceanbeach Road. From this address, travel south-east to the end of Oceanbeach Road. The boundary continues south-east, following the coastline, until it reaches the roundabout of Maranui Street and Sandhurst Drive.  Addresses on Sandhurst Drive, or any streets coming off it, are excluded from the zone.

From 220 Maranui Street, travel south-west in a straight line (parallel to, but not including, Sandhurst Drive) to State Highway 2, opposite Mangatawa Link Road.

From this point travel south-east along State Highway 2 to the intersection with Bruce Road. Then travel south-west, capturing 1026 State Highway 2, to the rear of 35 Water Lane (this address, and all addresses on Water Lane and Kairua Road are excluded from this zone). 

From this point travel north-west to the coast, to a point half-way between Karikari Point and Tahuwhakatiki Marae.

Travel north-west around the coast line, capturing the Matapihi Peninsula, and continuing along the coast line to the western end of the Tauranga Airport Runway. 

Travel east along the Tauranga Airport runway, continuing directly through the Omanu Golf Club to the intersection of Maunganui Road and Concord Avenue.

From this point, travel back to 273C Oceanbeach Road excluding addresses on Concord Avenue but including all addresses on roads coming off the south-eastern side of Concord Avenue. 

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the Board of Trustees will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.  The Board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Special Programmes

Arataki school operates the following special programmes:

Montessori@Arataki programme

Kopukairoa Reorua (Bilingual) programme

Students who live within the school’s home zone and meet the criteria for enrolment in the special programme will be enrolled ahead of eligible out of zone students.

The criteria for acceptance into the programme are as follows:

Montessori@Arataki programme

  • Children are recommended to have at least 2 years Montessori education experience
  • Submitting an application to Tauranga Montessori Education Trust Parent (TMET)
  • Parent/Caregiver to attend TMET Information evenings
  • Observation visit by the parent/caregiver to the classroom
  • Parent/Caregiver to meet with the Principal and a representative from the TMET
  • Child to attend at least 3 transition visits
  • Enrolment will be subject to places available at specific year levels

Kopukairoa Reorua (Bilingual) programme

  • Parent/Caregiver must opt into the programme through school processes
  • Parent/Caregiver to meet with with lead teacher of Kopukairoa
  • Parent/Caregiver need to commit to attending Whānau hui once a term
  • Enrolment will be subject to places available at specific year levels

If there are more out-of-zone applications for the special programme than places, applicants not securing a place will enter the selection process for places at the school on the same basis as other out-of-zone students (unless the parent/caregiver advise they do not wish to apply for places outside the special programme).

Allocation of available spaces in a special programme must be done separately from allocation of other available places.

Applications for enrolment

Applications for enrolments will be processed in the following order of priority:

  • First priority must be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in the Kopukairoa special prorgramme and Montessori special programme run by the school and approved by the Secretary for Education.The Montessori programme is capped at a maximum of 55 students as at 4 February 2019, and there are currently 21 students in the programme.

The Kopukairoa Reorua special programme is capped at a maximum of 90 students as at 4 February 2019,  and there are currently 78 students in the programme.

  • Second priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
  • Third priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
  • Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student.
  • Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
  • Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions by the Secretary.  Under Section 11G (1) of the Education Act 1989.  Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Proof of residence within the home zone may be required.

Attached Map of Zone Proposal

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