Our School Values

Whanau have identified Maori values as an important factor towards academic success in our school.


Helping each other, walking the walk, awhi (support), active listening, using our manners, etc.

Waananga ako

A reciprocal learning relationship where everybody is a learner.


Respecting each other, and working together, to achieve our goals.

Mana Motuhake

Self-determination and not giving up.

Nga Whakapiringatanga

Understanding that we all play important roles and value each other.

Delamere Cup

Delamere Cup

Juniors at the Delamere Cup

Welcome to Our School

Tony Howe


Opotiki Primary School

Kia ora koutou,

Nga mihi atu ki a koutou. A warm welcome to our school website.

Our school has an interesting history. It opened in 1873 as a provincial school that changed to a District High School in 1878. It remained a District High school until 1953 when Opotiki College opened. Since then, has been a full primary school (Yr 1–Yr 8).


Situated on the main street of Opotiki, the school is the largest primary school in the Opotiki County with a roll that peaks each year at around 275. With 96% of student being Maori, we have strong links to Te Whakatohea as well as links to our neighbouring iwi, Tuhoe, Te Whanau-a–Apanui, Ngaitai and Ngati Awa.


One of our matriarchs, Rangimawhiti Koopu, came up with our motto “Manaakitia O Potiki” which means “To care for and nurture our children” - this is embedded in everything we do.


A special feature of our school are the many support programmes that we have in place. Our reading programmes have gained a great deal of national recognition in that, they are inclusive and available to extend the reading of all students. We have embraced e-learning and are on a fascinating journey using this medium to enhance and extend our learning opportunity.


Feel free to contact or visit us should you want to look around or find out more.


Naku noa,


Tony Howe