Arahina ki Ōtautahi

Arahina ki Ōtautahi is located in Richmond, Christchurch. We work with children and young people (age 10 – 16 years) in the care of Oranga Tamariki to increase engagement and participation in education.

“Ka whati te tī, ka wan ute tī, ka rito te tī, ka whiria te tī”

When a tī is broken, it shoots up and regenerates, and a taonga is created.


We are a unique Kingslea School facility that utilises a multi-agency approach to support the students in our care engage and continue with education. We have been established in partnership with: Oranga Tamariki, Canterbury District Health Board, Ministry of Educaiton, Police Youth Services, Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri (Ngai Tahu).

Arahina is a small campus with qualified expert staff who offer a warm, welcoming and supportive learning environment for students. We have high quality facilities including a hall/gym area, a food technology kitchen space, a range of ICT tools, outdoor student gardens and a large playing field and hard court areas.

The two year Arahina programme has two phases;

Tī Whanake (up to two terms) where students are based at Arahina campus and there is a focus on engagement and preparing students for transition to mainstream schools.

Tī Pūhina (18 months) involves supporting our students in transition to schools or vocational training providers.

Our students come to us by referral from their Oranga Tamariki social worker and decisions are made by a multi-agency panel.

For more information about Arahina ki Ōtautahi please contact us on 03 389 6708


Assistant Principal:

Pete Chaplin

03 389 6708

021 729 448

PO Box 26-137,
Christchurch 8148



021 1735 876
PO Box 68, Rolleston 7643