School Charter

Mission Statement

To be the best small rural secondary school in New Zealand.

Our Vision

Paddle the waka
Hoea te waka

Ties in with the waiata. ‘Paddle’ suggests working together as a team with leadership (teachers). It also suggests endeavour as it is hard work and somewhat slow and deliberate. In a waka, the paddlers are all going in the same direction.

Starting from the sea reflects the importance of the sea as a food and employment source for Maori and for early whalers and fishermen. All of us also came over the sea to New Zealand.

The South Island is also New Zealand’s waka in Maori mythology. Waka also suggests a large vessel that would hold at least a class.

Travel an inspirational pathway 
Haere atu ki te ara tika

Kaikoura High School offers a number of different pathways to students and each pathway is individual. Travel suggests the idea of a plan and a goal; also the idea of being prepared by taking along the right luggage/knowledge and skills. It could also relate to making the right choices – restorative justice and integrity – in terms of behaviour.

Seek new horizons  
Kimihia nga maharanui-atea

Again a tribute to our environment. From Kaikoura, as people move inland, the mountains appear continuous. Once one range is passed, another opens up in front of us. The mountain ranges suggest life’s challenges which are never ending. New horizons also suggests that learning is future focused and lifelong.

Tama Tu Tama Ora – Our Five Core Values


  • academic
  • cultural
  • leadership
  • sporting


  • self
  • fellow students
  • teachers and other adults
  • learning
  • the school
  • community
  • our cultural and environmental heritage (kaitiakitanga)


  • setting goals
  • having a plan to achieve my goals
  • perseverance to overcome obstacles
  • achieving my goals


  • honesty with oneself
  • honesty toward others
  • making the right choices – consistently
  • doing the right thing – consistently


  • showing genuine care for others
  • supporting students and teachers
  • including and involving others

Download Charter Kaikoura High School 2022 (Includes Strategic Goals at end of document)

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