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Ōpōtiki College is located in the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of Aotearoa.

Its beautiful beaches are fed by several rivers flowing out of the surrounding bush-covered mountains. With easy access to the beautiful natural resources and the town settlement of Ōpōtiki, it is a wonderful place to live. Maori culture and values are evident throughout our community and College. Living and being educated in Ōpōtiki provides opportunities to experience the indigenous culture of New Zealand.

We believe a strength of our College is our relatively small size. We have approximately 400 tauira which allow us to know our tauira as individuals and to be able to cater for their needs. As well, our emphasis on biculturalism ensures our school is a place where all belong and feel valued. This bicultural ethos has resulted in a sensitivity and appreciation of diversity.

Address: Cnr St John and Bridge Streets, Ōpōtiki.

Nau mai, haere mai ki te paetukutuku o Te Kāreti o Ōpōtiki.

Welcome to the Ōpōtiki College website.


We are a College with a proud history. We have learnt so much as a school community from the impacts of COVID and we are excited by the new initiatives that our school will pursue in the near future. The rebuild for our new school starts in 2023.

As a College we work in close partnership with our local iwi, Te Whakatōhea. We take pride in knowing that we are a whānau and community driven school. Academic achievement, vocational pathways, growing leadership capabilities and students’ wellbeing are at the forefront of all that we do. We provide students with learning opportunities which empowers them to gain new knowledge and to be solution focused in an authentic environment. Student wellbeing and care is at the heart of all pastoral decisions. Their social, emotional and health needs are met through some deep understanding that our rangatahi of today face significant challenges.

We strive for our students to be “Connected Learners, Confident Citizens: Tohenihorau, Toherauariki”. We are committed to grow a strong sense of cultural and personal identity within our students and to uphold values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience: Me Māhaki, Me Ngākau Titikaha, Me Tohetoa. 

Respect for others begins with respect for oneself. Taking responsibility for one’s own learning helps to grow independent learners. We support students to be resilient and to find ways to rise above adversities. Staff at Ōpōtiki College are dedicated professionals who will go the extra mile to support students learning and success.

When you come to Ōpōtiki College you will join a whānau who is supportive and will share values that will help you to succeed in education in the 21st century and to thrive beyond the school gates.


Mrs Terehia Channings
​​​​​​​Ōpōtiki College

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What's happening at Ōpōtiki College?

Upcoming Events in March

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Newsletter Issued

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Newsletter Issued

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Latest Notices

College Fencing Club
1 Mar 2024

Are you keen to try out sword fighting? Ōpōtiki College Fencing Club trains every Saturday morning at 10am in the College Hall. Feel free to come along and give it a go! Email Mrs Kendal if you have any questions (carmenk@opotikicol.school.nz)

Happening Today - Carwash Fundraiser
28 Feb 2024

HAPPENING TODAY TODAY 3.30pm - 5.30pm - Our Senior Girls Volleyball Team will be doing a carwash at the Gym carpark. $10 per car EFTPOS AVAILABLE. Please tautoko if you can.
Extra dirty cars will incur an added fee & bicycles are welcome!

School Board Elections
23 Feb 2024

Ōpōtiki College
School Board Elections

Parent Election Notice

Nominations are open for the election of 1 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. These are available on the College website, Skool Loop or Facebook, and hard copies are available from the College Office.

Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations. Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Tuesday 19 March 2024. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.  

Voting closes at 4pm on 23 April 2024.

Ngā mihi


Danielle Williams

Returning Officer




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