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Taranaki education

There is a wide variety of education providers in the region, from early childcare through to tertiary institutions.

Parents of school age children have a choice of co-educational or single sex, boarding or day, religious or secular schools. 

Sector specific training is provided by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), and tertiary education by the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) and Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS).

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 they do not have any of these, check to see if they need visas.

Check what visa your child needs | Ministry of Education

The school system in New Zealand

Early childhood education

There are just over 100 options for early childhood education in the Taranaki 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 region, visit the Taranaki Kindergarten Association website.

ECE providers in the region | Education Counts

Find a kindergarten | Kindergarten Taranaki

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 Taranaki region | Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find a school

Visit the Education Counts website for information about schools in the Taranaki region. You can search this website to find schools of different types in the region.

The Education Review Office (ERO) website has a link to each school’s performance report. 

You can find more information on the types of schooling available in New Zealand and what qualifications are offered on our School System page.

Find a school | Education Counts

ERO reports | Education Review Office

The school system

Check school zones

Schools in New Zealand are grouped into areas known as 'zones'. Children are usually expected to attend a school in the zone where they have their home. However, some school don't have zones.

To find out which schools you are in the zone for, search the Education Counts website.

You can also find more information about school zones on our Choosing a School page.

Find schools in your zone | Education Counts

Choosing a school

Tertiary education

Tertiary education in the Taranaki Region is provided by the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, the Pacific International Hotel Management School, and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Pacific International Hotel Management School

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Tertiary courses in the Taranaki region | 

Adult Community Education

Adult Community Education is offered by various providers around Taranaki. Check out the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website, or look in local newspapers for options.

Adult education | CAB

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