Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo

Te Puna Wai is Kingslea School’s learning centre in the Youth Justice Facility in Rolleston, just outside of Christchurch. This youth justice residence and its units were names after water sources that are particularly sacred to the local mana whenua, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki of Taumutu.

“Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo”

Cleansing of the spirit by the waters of Tuhinapo


Our students at Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo arrive here because they have been remanded or sentenced by the Youth Court. They may stay from one week to several months.

At Kingslea School Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo we have four modern, stimulating, well resourced and classrooms with up to ten learners in each homeroom. Student-to-teacher ratios are low to allow for attention to students’ individual needs with two teachers in each homeroom who teach the core curriculum with a focus on literacy, numeracy and physical education.

We also have specialist teachers for hard and soft technologies with a focus on skills used in the design and service industries. This industry focus is supported by our STAR and Gateway programmes where our learners can gain experience and qualifications in other areas such as the primary industries.

For some of our students, their first school day on site could be their first school day in a long time. Our aim is that time spent in our classrooms at Te Puna Wai is both productive and constructive in preparation for our students to transition successfully back to further education or vocational pathways.


Deputy Principal:

Gordie Palmer


PO Box 68,
Rolleston 7643,



PO Box 68, Rolleston 7643