Owairoa Primary School



This primary school is located in the beautiful Auckland seaside suburb of Howick. It was founded in 1962, and currently has 780 co-educational students with 14 international students studying there. It offers courses from one week to the full six years. It offers a very well-rounded education for students, and parents have the option of joining parent classes. There are few better primary schools globally. The Education Review Office (ERO) regards it as a Top Performing School.

Pastoral Care & Support


  • Specialist ICT suite, Music Room, Science Room & English Transition support
  • High quality teaching & learning programmes
  • Many outdoor opportunities involving the community
  • Well- stocked library
  • Won Green Gold Environment School Award


  • Anchor milk every school day
  • A Before & After School care facility on school site
  • School visits every homestay family
  • Ensure students are happy and safe in homestay
  • High expectation of International Students
  • Zero Tolerance of Bullying

Short-term Programme

Sample Programme

This Wonderful package includes: 2 weeks Primary School Experience, 13 nights homestay accommodation, a stationery pack, travel and medical insurance and a certificate of participation upon course completion.

Sample Package
NZ$ 1,890/student NZ$ 850/parent (basing on the group number of 10-20 students)

Fees & Timetable

Weekly Tuition Fee:
<10 weeks$350
>10 weeks$300
Stationary & Consumables
<10 weeks$50
>10 weeks$80
Administration fee
<10 weeks$100
>10 weeks$0
Travel and Medical Insurance
<10 weeks$55+
>10 weeks$55+
School Uniform
<10 weeks$70+
>10 weeks$70+
Child Homestay per day
<10 weeks$40
>10 weeks$40
Adult Homestay per day
<10 weeks$45
>10 weeks$45
Homestay Facilitation per person
<10 weeks$225
>10 weeks$225

Summer class18 Jan 20164 Feb 2016
15 Feb 201615 Apr 2016
Holiday class18 Apr 201629 Apr 2016
22 May 20168 Jul 2016
Winter class11 Jul 201622 Jul 2016
325 Jul 201623 Sep 2016
Holiday class26 Sep 20167 Oct 2016
410 Oct 201620 Dec 2016

Student Success Stories

  • The winner of ‘Speak Clearly and Entertain Us’ Sarah T, with her speech on ‘Mondays’ at school will be heading off to Howick Primary School in week 8 for the HPPA Zone Speech Finals.
  • Described twice as a “Top Performing School” by ERO and recognized as a leading educational facility in NZ.

Lifestyle Balance

The students of Owairoa are immersed in a rich Health and Physical Education curriculum. During the year there are a variety of school-wide sporting events: swimming sports, cross country, and athletics day. The top athletes from those events are chosen to represent the school at the HPPA Inter-school competition. Owairoa students have become well-known for their outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship when representing their school. A variety of cultural activities are available to student from Year 1-6:

  • 3 dance groups each year at the school.
  • This year the school ‘Ukulele Allstars’ have been invited to perform at the Bucklands Beach Intermediate Winter Wonderland Concert, which will be their biggest performance to date.

  • Kapa Haka group for students in each Year.
  • Mr Barrett, the drama teacher will guide students through a range of drama activities and performances building self-confidence and ability to take risks and trust their ideas and abilities.

Application Forms

Student Testimonials

  • Just Amazing

    “I would like to say thank you to yourself and staff for providing an amazing school and amazing education. As a first time mum to the WHOLE school thing, is a little scary and so new, but I have nothing but praise for Owairoa and everything about this school. I look forward to 5 more years here and believe this is the Best school in the Country.”

  • Privileged to Belong

    “It is us as a family who feels privileged to be attending Owairoa Primary School. It is only when a person becomes a parent that they understand how important their local school is. Owairoa is a terrific school because it’s focus is on learning, providing quality programmes and making school fun and engaging for everyone. I have been so impressed with the various events that you have put on over the years that involve parents as well as the students.”

ERO Report

The Education Review Office reported recently:

“Top Performing School”
Owairoa Primary School has a lot to be proud of with its on-going positive ERO reviews and having twice been described by the ERO as a “Top Performing School”. 

“The school’s culture is one where children and teachers work and learn together cooperatively. Inclusion of families is a key value actively promoted by all who participate in and contribute to the school’s success. The school acts as a community hub and parents report high levels of confidence in its philosophy and learning culture. The curriculum values of respect, integrity, excellence and self-esteem are effectively promoted and are an evident part of children’s learning. The school’s curriculum is also enriched through a focus on eco-sustainability. School grounds are well maintained, attractively planted and encourage student pride in the school. The calm and inclusive school tone promotes children’s wellbeing.”

This is a report done by the Ministry of Education to the quality of schools across New Zealand.

See the ERO report

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