About Te Rā & Te Rāwhiti

Te Rā School and Te Rāwhiti kindergartens are situated on the Kapiti Coast, on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Kapiti Island is famous for its wildlife sanctuary, home to many endangered species. Our mana whenua are Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Ngāti Raukwa

Early Childhood Education

Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten opened its doors in April 1993, at its original site in Pukerua Bay. Now, there are six licensed and chartered kindergartens, four on the school site at Raumati South and two in Paekākāriki.

Children can be enrolled in one of our kindergarten groups from the age of 3 years through to 6 years. As per our special character, our 6-year-old kindergarten children are on the school roll (year 1). We also offer two weekly playgroup sessions in Raumati South and Paekākāriki and welcome children aged 0 – 4 years and their caregivers.

Primary School

Te Rā School is a state integrated primary school with seven classes, from year 2 to year 8. Te Rā Waldorf School welcomed its first class in January 1996 at the original Paekākāriki site, which is now home to two kindergarten groups. In 1998, the school’s Kapiti Waldorf Trust purchased our current site in Raumati and
developed into the present school site over the years.

If you are considering enrolling your child with our kindergarten or school, you can find more information about enrolment here.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty Of Waitangi

The SEANZ Fellowship of Steiner/Waldorf schools recognises that Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi is the constitutional foundation of our society, that the Māori people are the tangata whenua, and that Māori language and culture are a fundamental and living part of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We recognise that Aotearoa New Zealand is a bi-cultural nation and acknowledge that Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins our learning environment. We are strongly committed to upholding and honouring the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Equity

We celebrate the cultural richness and diversity in Aotearoa. Steiner/Waldorf schools and early childhood centres are responsive to the wider cultural, social and political contexts in which they are located in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st Century and beyond.

Our education embraces and honours Aotearoa New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and considers all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights. While acknowledging Rudolf Steiner’s work, Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand works out of an approach of equity and strongly rejects any historical statements which may have been made by Rudolf Steiner and from which inferences of racial prejudice may be made.

All Steiner/Waldorf educational establishments aim to be cultural safe havens for everyone.

Because of this Steiner Education Aotearoa and its member schools are placed in an excellent position to make a prioritised contribution, in collaboration with cultural advisors, to the revival and preservation of the unique indigenous culture and language of this land.

Waldorf Education

This section is under development and will be completed soon.