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Education in New Zealand
Choosing a school
Role of parents
Tertiary education and training

The main provider of tertiary education is the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) which offers a comprehensive range of courses including eight full-time and three partial degree programmes.

If your children are New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens (this includes Tokelauans, Cook Islanders and Niueans), or they hold a student visa based on your temporary work visa, they can attend primary and secondary schools as domestic students. If this is not the case, you should check to see if they need visas.

Early childhood education

There are just over 220 options for early childhood education in the Hawke’s Bay region.

There are many different types of early childhood services.  A key difference between these services is how much involvement they expect of the child’s parents and family. The main types of early childhood education services are described on the Education Review Office website.

For more information about kindergartens in this region, visit the Napier and Heretaunga Kindergarten Associations from the New Zealand Kindergartens Association website.

ECE providers in the region | Education Counts
Kindergartens in the region | NZ Kindergarten Association
Types of early childhood education services | Education Review Office


Playgroups are informal sessions where caregivers and children aged 0-5 meet together in a relaxed environment. In a playgroup, parents and caregivers stay to interact with the other adults and to play with the children.

Playgroups are usually set up and run by parents and caregivers, with children choosing from a range of activities. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost, and may include music and singing, imaginative play, outdoor and free play, or arts and crafts.

Playgroups in the Hawke’s Bay region | Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find a school

Visit the Education Counts website for information about schools in the Hawke’s Bay region. You can search this website for single-sex or co-educational schools and boarding schools in the region.

Information is provided on student population and attainment for each school, decile rating, website and street address as well as a link to their Education review office report.

More information on the types of schooling available in New Zealand and what qualifications are offered there can be found on the School System page.

Find schools in the Hawke’s Bay region | Education counts
The school system

Check school zones

Not all schools have an enrolment zone, but if they do the school will have a Show/ Hide Enrolment zone option. If you click this option a zone will appear on the map.

This website also shows transport options for the school. TKI is a service of the Ministry of Education.

Check school zones in Wairoa | TKI Mapfinder
Check school zones in Hastings | TKI Mapfinder
Check school zones in Napier | TKI Mapfinder
Check school zones in Central Hawke’s Bay | TKI Mapfinder

Tertiary education

Tertiary education in the Hawke’s Bay region is provided by the Eastern Institute of Technology and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Eastern Institute of Technology
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
Tertiary courses in the Hawke’s Bay region | careers.govt.nz

Adult Community Education

There are several options for community education in Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay YMCA offers a free community learning programme for adults. Go to their site for more details.

Taruna College offers holistic adult education based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner.

Hawke’s Bay YMCA
Taruna College


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