School transport — Information for Māori Medium Schools

Find out how school transport funding works for Māori medium schools, and apply to the Ministry using the contact details provided.

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Māori medium schools that provide education under section 201 or 204 of the Education and Training Act 2020 are eligible for school transport funding. 


Kura, Kura Kaupapa Māori and designated character wharekura that provide education under Section 201(external link) or 204(external link) of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link) are eligible to apply for school transport funding.

Rates are paid to school boards quarterly in advance and are reviewed every year.

How funding is worked out for each school

The calculation formula is:

(per-student rate) x (eligible students) x (annual gazetted school days)

÷ 4 + (eligible students) x (per-student admin rate of $3.35) + GST

Funding rates

The following rates apply from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021:

Per-student rates

CategoryPer-student rate (excluding GST)

Rural, Decile 1-4

Rural, Decile 5-10 $6.9560
Urban, Decile 1-4 $6.7503
Urban, Decile 5-10 $5.4538

Admin rates

Māori Medium schools are paid $3.35 per student, per quarter.

Apply for funding


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