E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā, kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi.
Nau mai haere mai ki Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten me Te Rā Waldorf School!

A warm welcome to our website, from our team of teachers, teacher aides, assistants, office and support staff!

Here at Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten and Te Rā School we provide a nurturing and supportive environment for children to play, explore and learn. We encourage active parent and whānau participation: together, we build a community for our tamariki.

Our shared commitment is to provide high quality Waldorf education through the pathway of our special character curriculum and pedagogy – from Early Childhood through to our Class 7 (Year 8). Collaboration also lies at the heart of our school leadership. Tumuaki for the school and kaiārahi (manager) for the kindergarten together contribute our passion for Waldorf education and our individual strengths in leading, teaching and learning.

We are grateful to those who have laid down the foundations for this beautiful place of learning and growing in the past. It is the work of our pioneer teachers and whānau on which we can build our children’s future. Their dedication lives on in the role of our proprietor’s trust, the Kapiti Waldorf Trust, which holds the governance role together with the school’s Board of Trustees.

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.


We provide Waldorf playgroups for 0-4 year olds and their caregivers/whānau.

Find out more about Playgroup


The kindergarten years sow the “seeds” for education in science, the humanities and all other aspects of learning. Children are educated not through their intellect but through fostering a deep connection with the land, the living plants and animals, and the people around them.

Primary School

Learning with hands, heart and head is the guiding principle of Waldorf education. As a state-integrated school we implement the New Zealand curriculum and are passionate advocates for creating learning paths for our tamariki that align with the different stages of child development.

Secondary School

For many years, Te Rā School has had a strong affiliation with Raphael House in the hills above Lower Hutt. Graduates from Te Rā School are welcome to apply for enrolment for the high school years (classes 8-12) in their Upper School.

Enrolment Enquiries

Tēnā koe. Thank you for your interest in our kindergarten and school. As part of our enrolment process we invite you to attend an Information Afternoon at the school. This is an opportunity to learn more about the kindergarten and school curriculum and our special character. It includes a tour of the kindergarten and school grounds.

You can find upcoming Information Afternoon dates on our Enrolment page.