Boarding allowances information for schools

A boarding allowance can help ākonga living in remote areas or facing significant barriers to their education, board away from home. A barrier is a circumstance that is preventing ākonga from achieving in and attending school. Parents or caregivers apply for this allowance and funding is paid directly to the school.

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  • Boards
  • Administrators
  • Boarding hosts
  • Parents, caregivers and whānau

Information for parents and caregivers

If you're a parent or caregiver, visit the Parents section of this website for information on boarding allowances and how to apply.

Boarding allowances – Parents and whānau(external link)

Closing dates for applications

All applications for the following school year are due by 31 October each year.

Decisions are issued early December. We may consider applications outside of this annual date at our discretion.

Information for schools

There are 2 types of boarding allowance:

  • access barrier boarding allowance
  • multiple barrier boarding allowance.

A barrier is a circumstance that is preventing ākonga from achieving in and attending school.

How is the boarding allowance paid?

The boarding allowance is paid directly to the ākonga school. It is a contribution to their boarding costs and may not cover all of their boarding fees. The difference will need to be paid by the ākonga guardian.

If an ākonga is boarding privately, the person providing the board will need to contact the school to arrange receipt of the boarding allowance funding.

We will send you a list of boarding allowance ākonga each term asking you to confirm they are attending your school and are boarding. You will need to indicate any changes that may affect an ākonga boarding allowance. When this is confirmed, payment is made around week 3 of each term.

Changes that may affect boarding allowance eligibility

  • Transfer to another school, leave school, not attending school or completed their schooling.
  • Move back home with legal guardian.
  • No longer boarding.

How much is a boarding allowance?

The amount of boarding allowance funding a student receives depends on:

  • what type of barrier they are facing – an access barrier or multiple barriers
  • where they board.

Boarding allowance 2024 funding

Funding 2024 rate
Access barrier boarding allowance
Rēkohu| Chatham Islands $6,300
Aotea | Great Barrier and
Rakiura | Stewart Island
Eligible students from all other
Multiple barriers boarding allowance
Hostel (all locations) $8,500
Private boarding (Rēkoh| Chatham
Private boarding (all other locations) $4,500

Multiple barriers additional funding

Additional funding is provided for ākonga receiving the multiple barriers allowance to support them at school. For example, counselling, uniform, extra-curricular activities.

The additional funding is an annual one-off payment of $540 and is paid in addition to the Term 1 multiple barriers payment.

Additional travel funding for island communities

When receiving a boarding allowance, additional funding is provided to assist with the cost of travel for ākonga between the mainland and Great Barrier Island (GBI). GBI additional travel funding is $920 per year and is paid in termly instalments with their boarding allowance.

For ākonga that live on Pitt Island or Chatham Islands and are receiving a boarding allowance, the Ministry funds the travel provider 4 return trips each year between their home and the mainland.

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