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Gisborne education

Good quality educational facilities including tertiary training and a choice of four secondary schools are available in Gisborne city.

The rest of the region is relatively remote but does offer excellent primary schooling. 

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 70 Gisborne options for early childhood education in the Gisborne 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.

Early childhood education providers are listed on the Education Counts website. For more information about kindergartens in this group, visit the Gisborne Kindergarten Association website.

ECE providers in the region | Education Counts

Kindergartens in the region | Gisborne 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 Gisborne region | Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find a school

Visit the Education Counts website for information about schools in the Gisborne 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, as well as 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 Gisborne 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, and a blue marker. If you click these options 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 Gisborne| TKI Mapfinder

Tertiary education

Tertiary education in the Gisborne Region is mainly provided by Tairawhiti Polytechnic. There is also one Wānanga provider in the region.

Tairawhiti Campus | Eastern Institute of Technology

Tertiary courses in the Gisborne region |

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Gisborne

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