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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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Upcoming Events in December

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Latest Notices

NCEA Exam Timetable
9 Nov 2023

This timetable has been altered to show Exams relevant to Ōpōtiki College students only

Dentist Appointments
21 Sep 2023

Tēnā koutou,

We would like to encourage whānau to make appointments for their rangatahi at our local dentist.

This is especially important for those who are turning 18 soon or leaving school at the end of the year.

An appointment can be made with East Bay Dental on 07 308 5279 or students can visit the school nurse or call on 315 7022 ext. 243 and they will help arrange an appointment.


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