We provide distance education from early childhood level to Year 13. Our learning advisors, teachers and in-region staff work with students, their whanau and communities to help our students achieve their potential.

About Us

Te Kura is a distance education provider offering personalised learning programmes to students from early childhood to Year 13. Our students come from all walks of life with diverse interests, needs and goals.We work in partnership with students, whānau, schools and communities to provide personalised, authentic learning experiences. With a ‘one size fits one’ approach to learning and a broad curriculum, we support each student to achieve their educational and personal goals so they can participate effectively as members of their community.

Our authentic learning approach ensures students have learning programmes which are meaningful and relevant, and based on each student’s passions and goals.

We also support schools to deliver a broad curriculum and specialist support to students in their community.Our early childhood programme provides quality early childhood education to children who are unable to attend an early childhood education centre locally, either for reasons of distance and isolation or because demand exceeds the places available in their area.

Vision and Values

Our Vision

Our vision is ‘students achieve their educational and personal goals, enabling them to participate effectively as members of their communities’.

Read the current annual plan on our website Publications page for details of the programmes and initiatives we are putting in place to help achieve this goal.

Our Values

At Te Kura

- put the success of our students at the forefront of everything we do

- respect each other, students, their whanau and our partner organisations

- see strength in diversity

- celebrate innovation and success 

- communicate openly and honestly.


Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu refers to connecting students with learning, although there is a wealth of meaning behind the name which reflects the role we play within the education sector, our students and our vision for their achievement.

The common meaning of aho is rope or line, but the more traditional meaning is about genealogy and connecting back to history and the people, our ancestors. It also means radiant bright light, the highest light and open space. The relevance of this meaning to us is around cyberspace and connecting to the virtual environment. Te aho opens up new worlds.

The modern and most commonly used meaning of kura today is school. However, kura means knowledge and the concept of knowledge. Other meanings of kura include ornamental, treasure, red, and glowing.

Pounamu is the end result of the geological transformative process. Pounamu is a treasure whether it is rough or polished. Our students are like a greenstone, a treasure undergoing transformation through learning. The link to te aho means the pounamu has a whakapapa, so our life’s experience has a whakapapa to it. Wherever we go we take that story with us. Pounamu also connects us, it is global and transportable and can link us into the 21st century and beyond. ‘Te Ara Pounamu –follow the greenstone path of education.’

Contact Us

11 Portland Crescent



Postal Address

Private Bag 39992

Wellington Mail Centre



Phone: +64 4 473 6841

Chief Executive: Mike Hollings

Phone: +64 4 474 4319

Regional Manager - Northern: Robert Blucher

Phone: +64 9 302 1706

Deputy Chief Executive - Te Rina Leonard

Website: www.tekura.school.nz

Email: info@tekura.school.nz