Bay of Plenty-Waiariki

The Bay of Plenty-Waiariki covers the north eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, from the Coromandel Peninsula in the west to Cape Runaway in the east. Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane are its main urban centres, with Otumoetai, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui, Waihi, Katikati, Maketu, Pukehina Beach and Opotiki some of its smaller settlements.

Size and growth

The Bay of Plenty–Waiariki region is expected to experience a mix of high, complex and steady growth over the next 10 years.

Catchment Plans within the National Education Growth Plan

The Bay of Plenty-Waiariki region has three individual catchment plans within the National Education Growth Plan.

See the Bay of Plenty-Waiariki region catchment plans.

What’s been happening in Bay of Plenty-Waiariki

Where When What Details Consultation
Murupara 2013 Murupara Area School
Closure of Murupara Primary School and Rangitahi College, opening of Murupara Area School
Strengthening schooling in areas of population change – Murupara  
Kawerau 2013 Kawerau Putauaki School, Kawerau South School, Te Whata Tau o Putauaki, Kawerau Intermediate School, Kawerau College, and Tarawera High School
Network changes to address reduced population – merging of three primary schools, establishment of new kura, closure of intermediate and secondary school and opening of new secondary school
Strengthening schooling in areas of population change – Kawerau  





Golden Sands School and Papamoa College
Two new schools opened to address population growth


Strengthening schooling in areas of population change – Papamoa


Your say matters

Our communities are changing all the time. When we work with School Boards to come up with options to meet the demand of students in particular areas, we look at the whole network rather than individual schools.

Planning for future growth, identifying where the best use of space will be, and ensuring all local children and young people can attend their local school, underpins our decisions on options.

Your say in this matters. Sharing your views and listening to each other’s ideas, suggestions and feedback on options through engagement and consultation helps ensure the network of schools is in the best shape to offer quality education opportunities – now and into the future.

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