The development of the school – 2019

Thank you to our very generous supporters

We have exciting plans to add to the wonderful outdoor spaces provided by the Ministry of Education for Te Kura O Take Kārara. These plans are made possible because of the generous support of:  Otago Community Trust  Central Lakes Trust  Rotary Club of Wānaka  Wānaka & Districts Lions Club Mitre 10 – Wānaka  We are […]

Latest Construction Update

IT’S GETTING CLOSER As at the end of November, it’s now possible to see our school really taking shape, as you drive along Sir Tim Wallis Drive in Three Parks. The landscaping is well under way with car parks formed, playground gear being installed, and lovely green grass growing on the new playing field.   […]


Southbase Construction are now working hard on the final stages of our new school's build. Landscaping work, including roading and playgrounds, has now started as finishing work continues on the Hall/Admin block (note the solar panels on the roof) and the three teaching blocks.

TERM 4, 2019

A significant milestone has been reached with our 9 newly appointed teachers now joining Jodie Howard, our Foundation Principal and her senior leadership team, as we gear up for the school's opening next year.

July 2019 Building Progress

Recent site progress includes: Structural steel going up on the Hall and B Block; Admin roof; Block A – carpentry, roof, windows, cladding and internal partitions; Block A first fix electrical and data; VRF (heat pump) slabs laid; Netball courts cut out.


The Ministry of Education has confirmed the enrolment scheme that will come into effect when our new school opens at the start of next year. A map of the home zone and a description can be found on the school’s website. All Year 1 students who are living in the new home zone will be […]


The great autumn weather has allowed for solid progress to be made on construction of the new school. Work on the foundations is largely complete and on 21 May the first steel columns were erected. Work is also well under way on the new road that will lead to the new school from Sir Tim […]

Name announced for new school

The new primary school to open in Wanaka next year will be known as Te Kura O Take Kārara. The name was announced today by the school’s Establishment Board of Trustees. The Board’s Chair, Dr Ian Hall, said that the name had been chosen after extensive discussions with Ngāi Tahu and following consideration of alternative […]


What: Open School (like an open home, minus the actual building) When: Thursday 14th March, from 5pm (finish at 7pm, but drop in whenever suits you) Where: the lawn adjacent to the rec centre car park Who’s invited: Every member of our new school community, and anyone else who is interested to learn more about […]

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