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Welcome to Ngunguru School

A Unique Coastal
Learning Environment

Ngunguru School Northland

A gift of learning

Ngunguru School was gifted by our hapu,
Te Waiariki, Ngāti Korora, and Ngāti Taka,
over 150 years ago.
Our stunning seaside location informs our localised Earth Ed environmental curriculum: strongly valuing kaitiakitanga, learning and community.

Our kura is our waka and
learning is our journey.

The principles that guide us are:
Hiringa – Excellence;
Mahi Tahi Tātou – Working together; 
Ahurei – Celebrating each child.

Children Learning at School
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Ngunguru School Outdoor Education
Students Learning

Our Vision 

It is a journey of creativity and curiosity to excite children’s learning, a journey embracing Kaitiakitanga set in our unique environment. 

It is a journey of rights and responsibility where children’s growth is the core of all that we do.

It is a journey we share and one that requires partnerships and the strength of the Team. 

It is a journey of risk taking, independence, resilience and initiative. It is a journey valuing individuality and trust, accepting difference and celebrating success at every paddle stroke.

It is a journey for our students’ future to unknown shores.

Our Values

Ngunguru’s Values incorporate students developing a set of moral principles and beliefs that reflect our community and its expectations.


It is our desire that these beliefs framed in the school setting will in turn determine our school values. 


These five key values groups are:

  • The self

  • Learning

  • Others – Kotahitanga

  • The Environment – Kaitiakitanga

  • Society

Together they combine to provide a well balanced framework for modelling and developing students attitudes and behaviours within Ngunguru School and beyond.

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Our special dolphin bell

Our world-famous dolphin bell is kept in our office.


It is rung whenever there are dolphins swimming in our estuary. We then all head out to watch them.


Everyone we meet always asks about our dolphin bell.

Aerial View of Ngunguru School Tutukaka
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