Teen Parent Schools in New Zealand


Te Whakatipuranga School for Young Parents



Te Whakatipuranga was established in 2002, on a site at the BOP Polytechnic in Tauranga. The school is governed by Otumoetai College but maintains a close relationship with the Polytechnic. Students at Te Whakatipuranga can use all of the Polytechnic’s facilities including gym, swimming pool, cafes, learning centre; as well as having easy access to Polytechnic courses.

Students have participated in automobile, barista, sport, team building, beauty, bar tending and business administration courses at the Polytechnic. The Polytechnic Early Childhood Centre is the main provider of childcare for the school, however students also have access to a kohanga on-site.


Our Vision …

… is to be recognised as a leading provider of quality education and career programmes for young parents in the Western Bay of Plenty.



  • Whanaungatanga – developing and maintaining respectful relationships with each other
  • Kotahitanga – working together as a team for the benefit of all team members
  • Awhinatanga – caring and supporting each other
  • Biculturalism – To uphold the principles and intent of the Treaty of Waitangi to ensure we are meeting the needs of our Maori learners
  • Diversity – to respect and respond to New Zelander’s growing multi-cultural population
  • Excellence – always striving to be the best we can be
  • Collaboration & Cooperation – working collaboratively with other organisations and individuals for the better of our students
  • Innovation – been open to new and better ways of working
  • Integrity – doing the right things, for the right reasons, at the right time
  • Sustainability – using our resources in a responsible and sustainable way


Education Opportunities

The school has a strong academic and career focus with students all having support to create clear career pathways for themselves. Students can study a number of National Certificates as well as NCEA. These include certificates in Computing, Business Administration, Early Childhood, Retail, and Preparation for Tertiary Studies.

Students wanting to move onto University also have the opportunity to study 1 or 2 University papers to prepare themselves for studying at this level. For students wanting to eventually enter the workforce the school has a work experience programme to prepare them for work.


Support Services

The school has a social support worker, and a number of social services visit the school. Plunket, Parents as First Teachers, Dental service, Counsellors, Nurse, Doctor, and Ante-natal classes are available on-site.


Staff & Transport

The school has subject teachers for Mathematics, Computing and Business Administration, Science, English, Weaving, Te Reo and Tikanga. As w ell students can access any other secondary subject, at any level, through Correspondence School. The school also employs two van drivers to transport students and their children to and from school.