Education in Tauranga

It’s not just the sunshine and the beach that attracts people to Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty - the educational opportunities and the reputation of the local schools are also a huge draw card. In a country renowned for the quality of its education system, the area has excellent facilities and, as one of the most sought after places to live, attracts teachers of a very high calibre.

Secondary

Instep Programme

Priority One’s Instep programme provides a valuable link between local secondary schools and business by harnessing the energy and expertise from local businesses to inspire students to make informed career choices.  Projects and activities that focus on globalisation, collaboration and innovation are developed so school communities understand future skill needs relevant to the region’s economic growth and prosperity, and local businesses are confident that young people have the skills and aptitude employers need now and in the future.

www.priorityone.co.nz/instep-programme-details

Tertiary

Ready for a change of direction with your career?  There are many great opportunities for you to do undergraduate or postgraduate study right here in Tauranga. 

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership is a collaboration that is unique in New Zealand.  It comprises a partnership between Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato to develop and grow regionally relevant tertiary education and research pathways from foundation level to postgraduate degrees.  While the three institutions remain autonomous, they look for opportunities to work together to provide pathways to higher education and combine on research with particular relevance to the region.

There are also a number of private training providers working locally that provide a range of practical programmes of study specifically relating to industry.  These include the following:

In addition, Industry Training Organisations offer industry-specific courses.

Cherie's Story

Cherie’s Story

After living in London for 17 years, we brought our UK-born children home to live in Tauranga. My daughter was 7 at the time and I will never forget her first week at Tauranga Primary School.

It was their week for the aquathon. She was so brave as she had never done anything like this but what was so heartwarming was how all the kids high fived her coming into the finishing line!

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Jenny's Story

Jenny's Story

“After living in London for 5 years, I came back to Tauranga ready for a slower lifestyle and a career change.

I accepted an Executive Administrator role at BTI, but after a few years I resigned from staff and became one of the first students in their new Bachelor of Social Work degree.

I love it and am so glad I moved to Tauranga instead of Auckland!

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