Our School


Welcome, we are proud to be able to share our school with you. We are an energetic and enthusiastic rural school community which is committed to providing all of our children the best possible start in their school life.I hope you will be able to find everything you need to know about our school on our website but do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or come to see us to get a feel of just how wonderful a rural school can be. 

Kind regards

Jared Ratana - Principal

School Profile

Aokautere School was initially known as Fitzherbert East School, after the politician William Fitzherbert.   In 1968, the school was renamed Aokautere School.  Aokautere is named after Te Aokautere, a great Rangitāne chief during the late 18th century.

Like many New Zealand schools, Aokautere was traditionally a rural school situated on the outskirts of Palmerston North.  Today, Aokautere School is regarded as a semi-rural school on the boundary of an ever-growing city.  The school currently has approximately 150 Year 0-6 students.

The Aokautere School community is culturally rich and diverse, allowing our children to engage with and understand a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

Our school aims to celebrate the cultural richness of our school in a number of ways, to empower our students, and build personal and cultural mana.

  • 169 Fitzherbert Road East
    Aokautere RD1
    Palmerston North 4471
    Tel: 06 3574611
    Fax: 06 3574116
    Email: office@aokautere.school.nz

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