Our Vision

Involve Me and I Learn

Tamaoho School is a place of learning where there is a voice for all, a culture which strengthens belonging and well being and where showing Aroha, Pono and Tika are all around us to prepare our learners for the journey of life.

Our Whakatauākī

Te ako o te Tui a Tamaoho

The Tui can focus on his korero (talk)

The pouako (expert teacher) can focus on the students

The students can focus on kaupapa (curriculum programme)

The chief Tamaoho is astute, strategic, academic, outcome-focused, and a master of the universal teachings of the whare wānanga (place of higher learning).

We are really privileged to be gifted our Tamaoho School WHAKATAUĀKĪ and Waiata by Ngati Tamaoho. We are highly honoured and see this as a real privilege. 

Our Values

Our learners will be guided by our three values:

  • Aroha  -  Caring is showing kindness, a willingness to help others and to care for themselves, each other and the world that we live in      
  • Pono  -  Honesty is taking responsibility for your feelings and behaviours by speaking the truth and presenting facts   
  • Tika  -  Doing the right thing is to think deeply when making choices for the good of everyone

Our School Logo

In traditional Māori Pā (village), Te Pātaka were used for the storage of kai (food). However, the Rangatira (Chief) would have special Te Pātaka made to store taonga (treasures). Stories shared tell of how Tamaoho, used Te Pātaka, to store taonga he wanted his people to value and learn about. Tamaoho School is our Te Pātaka because we believe knowledge and learning are our taonga.

Our Story

Tamaoho School is the name selected by the Establishment Board of Trustees in consultation with Nga Hau e Wha.

Tamaoho is the name of a person that lived hundreds of years ago. The name Tamaoho School was decided because of his special qualities. He became a leader in the Maori community through his good advice, direction to his people, protector of the environment, acceptance of others and his ability to use his knowledge to be a great problem solver. 

He lived using some ‘touchstones’ that are still really important in our lives  today, such as being honest and speaking the truth (Pono), doing the right thing by others (Tika) and having empathy and love for others (Aroha). By living this way he had a lot of followers who admired him and wanted to live using his example. 

He valued learning as he knew about travelling using the southern night sky to help him. He arrived here on the Tainui Canoe from the Polynesian Islands, thousands of kilometers north of here. Not everybody knew how to do this. Tamaoho would probably have had a beautifully carved grand pataka – a storage area on stilts above the ground - facing his whare where he slept.  But rather than having food in it like other ordinary pataka did, it was a place where things that were important to him and his people would have been stored so that others could learn from them later on. Our school will be our community ‘GRAND PATAKA’ where each student will develop a love of life long learning using the qualities Tamaoho exemplified. 

The schools learning principles and values have been designed by remembering Tamaoho’s special leadership qualities.

Unidentified pataka (Maori storehouse). Ref: 1/1-006740-F.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22555903

Our Learning Spaces

Our school has been designed with future learning in mind and to allow all learners the opportunity to work in an environment that will build skills they will need in the future workforce. Our learning spaces have been developed through research and also the Ministry of Education Policy. The learning spaces may look a little different from when we went to school, but children will still have a set class teacher each year, a learning space that they will call their classroom, and a clear sense of identity within the spaces. The building is a two storey block and on each floor will have the same layout. 

On both floors there is a purpose built ‘Exploration Area’ to provide children with opportunities for creativity hands on learning.  There are also several break out spaces for quiet areas, target group work and larger group learning. Having these break out spaces are an exceptional advantage from a more traditional classroom. The number one priority in our newly designed learning spaces are the relationships with children, to ensure security, identity and a real sense of belonging for all.

Our Learning Space Names

Through our learning spaces we celebrate our native surroundings in the development of our school culture and as part of developing knowledge of our local history, our tangata whenua Ngati Tamaoho and to share our commitment to being a sustainable Enviroschool. 

The School Site

Hundreds of years ago the land that the school was built on was bush land and then eventually became dairyland. They began to realise that they required larger pieces of land for dairy farming and the land turned into market gardens. The land was used for growing potatoes and onions under a number of landowners. 

What was originally on this site, will help shape the schools colours, design and some of the school culture.

Photo credit: New Zealand Society of Soil Science.

Our Strategic Direction

Click the button below to read our Tamaoho School Strategic Plan 2021-2023 and Implementation Plan 2021.


While our school is under construction you are welcome to send any enquiries using the form below and someone from our leadership team will be in touch.

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How to find us

Tamaoho School is located at 36 Taikaranga Street, Pukekohe.

Email: office@tamaoho.school.nz
Principal: principal@tamaoho.school.nz