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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

Principal's Message

What's happening at Ōpōtiki College?

Upcoming Events in April

Sat 13


13 Apr 2024

Mon 29

First Day Term 2

29 Apr 2024

Latest Notices

TREC Community Event
12 Apr 2024

About TREC

TREC  (Transport Rebuild East Coast) is an alliance formed to plan, organise, and deliver recovery and rebuild work on East Coast highway and rail networks after Cyclone Gabrielle.  

During the event, the TREC team will share information about the urgent recovery work they’re delivering, provide updates on proposed resilience work in the Waioweka Gorge and ask people for feedback on ideas for State Highway 35, including a possible project through the Mangahauini Gorge.  


TREC Community Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 16 April

Time: 5 - 7pm

Location: Ōpōtiki Primary School 80-88 Church Street


The event will start with a short welcome and presentation, followed by refreshments then move into a more casual ‘drop-in’ style session. This will give people the opportunity to talk to various specialists from the team (construction, design, property, iwi and hapu engagement and recruitment). People can come at the start or drop-in anytime between 5pm and 7pm.


Have Your Say: If you can’t make it, you can find out about what we have been doing and give feedback online on a short digital survey.

Survey Link: www.nzta.govt.nz/TREC/have-your-say


Help Spread the Word: I’ve attached a poster about the event and consultation and a Facebook post and tile. We’d really appreciate it if you’d forward it to your workplace or forwarding it to your local contacts.  And if you have a Facebook page, it would be great if you can share it on there too.


You can get more information on TREC and our work here: Transport Rebuild East Coast (TREC) | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (nzta.govt.nz)





Term 2 Reminders
12 Apr 2024

Students will be allowed to wear plain black or navy crew neck jerseys or sweat shirts as part of the winter uniform next term. Hoodies are not allowed.
We are currently working through a process to review the current school uniform. The Student Council had their first meeting yesterday and uniform is a priority area. We will be in contact in Term 2 to get feedback from whānau regarding the Ōpōtiki College uniform. Students and staff will also be consulted in this process.

Cell Phones
Please remember that cell phones will not be permitted in any school from Term 2 onwards. We prefer that students don't bring their cell phones to school. If they do, they will be required to hand their phone to their Kaihāpai as soon as they arrive at school. The phones will be locked away for the day then returned to students at the end of school. Students caught with
phones at school during school hours will result in immediate confiscation.

uniform shop not operating Thursday and Friday
10 Apr 2024

The uniform shop will be closed Thursday 11th and Friday 12 April due to no power in that area of the school.

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