Welcome to Kuratau School

Haere mai ki te kura

We welcome your association with Kuratau School.

This website is intended to inform you of how our school operates and our philosophy about our children's education. It also informs you of what the school expects of its parents and pupils.

Kuratau School has a unique and special character.

We encourage the Whanau (family) nature of our school at all times.

Kuratau School is an “Open School” - we invite you to come along and be involved in the Whanau of Kuratau School.

A Short History of the School and District

Pukawa was the site of the first government school in this area of Lake Taupo.  Timber extraction involved the establishment of two schools in the early 1940’s.  These were Hauia and Otaranga.  These sole charge schools served the milling communities for several years.

Mr. J.A.Asher representing the owners of the bush on the Ponanga Saddle was instrumental in the negotiating of an exchange for the Kuratau Block and then negotiating with the Wanganui Education Board for the building of the Kuratau School on the same block. 

In 1957 Both Moerangi and Rotomoho closed their doors, furniture, books, teachers and children moved into the new school. On 23rd April 1958 the school was formally opened by local MP Mr D Seath, and Paramount Chief, Hepi Te HeuHeu. Kuratau literally means “Beautiful School”.

Kuratau School 50th Reunion Booklets

To all past and present students of Kuratau School.

This is one booklet you don't want to miss out on. You can now purchase your own
booklet memorabilia of this special country school for yourself or friends and whanau.

Cost of $10 per booklet

Which includes... 

  • Schools history
  • Past principles
  •  What ever happened to?
  • Most memorable moments?
  • Have your last say
  • Photo montages 
  • Roll call 1983-2008

Everyone that registered on the day of the reunion gets a free complimentary copy.
To place an order please phone Margaret Hughes on 073865445 and i will help with details.

Be quick and dont miss out!!!!