Orewa enrolment zone decision

"Thank you to all those who took the time to provide feedback on the proposed amendment to the Orewa College enrolment scheme. The community feedback was an invaluable part of the process and was taken into account when making the decision.

The  Ministry of Education acknowledge the concerns raised by members of the community regarding access, distance, transport and existing community links to school, among other matters. All factors were taken into consideration and balanced against the need to manage roll growth pressures affecting Orewa College as a result of a number of major development projects in the Orewa area.

When considering changes to an existing enrolment scheme, we must balance the community’s expectations of access to any particular school with the impact that the zone may have on neighbouring schools and the education network as a whole.

We worked with the school to develop a proposed amendment to their enrolment scheme home zone  with the aim of ensuring they can effectively manage the immediate risk of overcrowding, as well as future demographic and roll changes.  

Following the consultation process, all feedback was reviewed. Some submissions noted the close proximity of parts of Red Beach to Orewa and the presence of dedicated walking and cycling routes allowing convenient access to Orewa College. The community also raised concerns about the historic links between the Red Beach, Waitoki and Wainui communities and Orewa College. As a result of assessment of this feedback, the decision has been made to approve a revised amendment. This amendment retains part of the Red Beach area within the Orewa College home zone, as outlined on the attached map. The amendment also reduces the risk of immediate overcrowding at Orewa College.

All students that are currently enrolled at Orewa College will be considered as in the home zone and a ‘grandparenting’ clause has been approved for parts of Red Beach and Waitoki as part of the revised amendment. This allows siblings of current students to attend the college. The specific streets that are referred to in the grandparenting provision are outlined in the map, along with the written description of the revised enrolment scheme.

We have ensured that we have not excluded any more areas than necessary. The revised scheme gives the college a mechanism to manage student enrolments and roll growth.  The new enrolment zone will come into effect  on 1 January 2019."

Katrina Casey, Deputy Secretary Sector
Enablement and Support

Map of Orewa College enrolment scheme home zone [PDF, 12 MB]

Description of the revised Orewa College enrolment scheme [DOCX, 21 KB]

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