School History

Tautoro School was first opened on June 11th 1906

At that time it was called Tautoro Native School. It was the paramount chief of Tautoro, Iraia Kuao and his son, Maera who showed energy and foresight in pressing for a school in the district.

  • 1903 – Maera applied to the Minister of Education to have a school established in Tautoro.

  • 1904 – Inspector of native Schools visited Tautoro to investigate the viability of a school being opened.

  • 1906Official notification of the establishing of a school in Tautoro was posted in the NZ Gazette.

  • 1907 – New classroom added

  • 1950 – School moved to Maera site – four classrooms, shelter shed and new outhouses.

  • 1969 – Form 1 and 2 students went to Kaikohe Intermediate.

  • 2005 – Tautoro School and Awarua School merged due to Network Reviews. Recapitiation and establishment of bi-lingual unit. Relocatable classroom purchased.

  • 2006 – Relocatable classroom purchased. Bi-lingual changed to full immersion.  Celebrated Centennial for Tautoro School.

  • 2007 – New administration block – offices, staffroom, library built.

  • 2010 – Senior playground built and Technology provided off-site for Year 7 & 8 students.

  • 2013 – Joined Ohaeawai and Kaikohe West to form the Kaikohekohe Education Trust.

  • 2014 – Chromebooks first roll out to Years 4 – 8. Ipads used by Years 1-3. All students have 1:1 digital device.

  • 2016 – Celebrated 110 years.

  • 2018 – Rm1-4 Annex fully fitted with Teacher Resource Room, Green Room, Radio Room, Break-out Spaces, Art Area and new student toilets moved to the front of the school.

Tautoro School is a U3 full Primary School, with a roll of approximately 133 students and 6 teaching staff including the Principal. There are six classrooms, a library and a reading recovery room. It sits within the hapu boundaries of Ngati Rangi, Ngati Moerewa, Ngati Hine and Ngati Mahia.

Parents and whanau are actively involved in the school and this contributes to a strong sense of community among all those associated with the school. They are proud of their school and what it has to offer. Teachers actively encourage a well-managed but friendly and positive learning environment.

Almost 100% of our children and their whanau are Māori descendants. Tautoro School provides a strong Te Reo Maori curriculum programme in Panui, Korero me Tuhituhi. This curriculum supports our leaving Year 8 students to choose a mainstream, bilingual or total immersion Secondary School pathway. The school has a strong sense of te reo Māori me tikanga Māori. It is also an environmentally friendly school where zero waste, litter-less lunch boxes and the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) are part of daily life. The past, present and future are very important to whanau and most have strong connections to this school and area.