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 Education, 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 three phases;

Tī Whanake (approx. three terms)  – The first phase is about re-engaging the young person in learning and participating in the routines of attending school

Tī Karawhā (up to three terms) – The middle phase of the programme is when students begin to transition into their new education setting.

Tī Pūhina (up to 18 months) – This final phase begins when the young person is fully transitioned into their new education or vocational placement.

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

Please click on the document links below for the referral process to Arahina ki Ōtautahi and also the referral form.

OT referral process to Arahina

Arahina Referral Form

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



Assistant Principal:

Pete Chaplin

03 389 6708

021 729 448

PO Box 26-137,
Christchurch 8148



027 691-5191
PO Box 68, Rolleston 7643