This is our unit for students who may have learning difficulties and who cannot always be in the mainstream classes. 

Although they face daily challenges, they always give them their best shot.


Our Te Puna Aroha students took part in the Te Houtaewa Annual Challenge on 16th March. Two teams completed 62km ultramarathon, amongst international runners, from the Bluff to Ahipara.

The teams were runnIng in dedication to Te Amohaere Rudolph, as it was the second anniversary of her passing.
Te Amohaere herself took part in this challenge when she was at Oturu Primary School.

At the powhiri, Sam Busby used hte taiaha and Gisborne Ryder the putatara.

Team One won the overall challenge and were presented with the Te Houtaewa korowai.

Kamo High School contacted TPA and requested tips and strategies of how these rangatahi were able to complete, win and exceed previous records.  As a result, these akonga have put together a booklet to share with Kamo High School. This is an example of wanting to manaaki the process of kotahitanga.

Picture below below:

Back Row: Ange, Craig Hobson
Middle Row: Vince Rudolph, Devandre Hobson, Zac Stout, Rhaines King, Supporter, Sam Busby, Poutu Maitu-Paparoa, Gisborne Ryder; Manaia Te Ua-Popata, Dontae Selwyn, Wiremu Archer
Front Row: Annie Rudolph, Kiri Sloane Hobson (Director of REAP), Libby Walker, Jules Conrad-Ellis

Friends of C7

Mrs Margaret Coogan was our Head of Department for our Special Needs Unit for several years. This unit was located over in our C Block classroom (C7). Margaret began the Friends of C7 group to show the students they belong.

The Special Needs Unit became Te Puna Aroha several years ago with Margaret still at the helm. She has now moved on to greener pastures and Meredydd Barrar is now the Head of Learning Area.

Our students are involved in work experience throughout our Community and attend the majority of the Athletes With a Disability competitions.  They are involved in most aspects of school life and enjoy every moment of their time here.

Over the years we have had some awesome students at this Unit and it is always sad to see them leave.