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Welcome to our school website.

Gate Pa is an inner city Tauranga Primary School with a roll of approximately 350 pupils. Our school community is made of a cross section of cultures that very much reflects wider New Zealand. The staff of 40 are very dedicated, caring, and provide quality class programmes. Many support staff are available to run additional intervention programmes to assist children with their learning.

WE CARE is our school motto and very much underpins everything we do at Gate Pa. We pride ourselves on our unique spirit and the culture of sharing and caring. Please free to call in or make an appointment so I can show you around our school facilities.


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Hiwi the Kiwi goes fishing - 2010

Clubs and Schools liaise In late February the Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing Club was approached by Janette Blake, a teacher from Gate Pa School. She wanted to see if we would be interested in hosting four classes of kids to show them our club and fish mounts, tell a few stories, and...


Gate Pa School highly commended in Feet First Picture Book Competition

Feet First Picture Book Competition Students from Gate Pa School in Tauranga were highly commended in the recent Feet First Picture Book competition on active travel.


Fruit in Schools provides new opportunities for Gate Pa School

New leadership roles and building a compost system are just two ways Fruit in Schools has benefited Gate Pa School in Tauranga. “Students help the teacher aide with organising fruit in the morning,” says Principal Richard Inder.  “There has been a noticeable increase in compost - two bins are full!”  Staff...


Young 'earthworms' get back to basics - By Stuart Whitaker

AT Gate Pa School as much as possible is recycled to keep the veggie garden going.  An old tea chest has been made into a wheel barrow, raised planters have been created from old tyres, there is a frame used for re-potting made from wood reclaimed from a refurbishment of...


School where play and education meet

OUTSIDE Gate Pa School cars are whizzingalong Cameron Rd. The hustle and bustle on the street is a world away from what’s behind the click-clack of the school gate ? a quaint two-storey building with turquoise sun shades, and beyond that, a secret garden. Gate Pa School children are privy to one...




Gate Pa school
900 Cameron Rd

Phone: +64 7 578 5325
Fax: +64 7 578 6115


Richard Inder


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School dates for 2018

Term 1

30 January to 13 April

Term 2
  30 April to 6 July
Term 3
  23 July to 28 September
Term 4
  15 October to 13 December