ma te tikanga ka tangata
manners maketh man

Takapau School is a family-orientated school, situated in Central Hawke’s Bay, approximately 20km south of Waipukurau. We are a full primary catering for children from Year 1-8.

Our school has four standard classrooms and a very large, well equipped open plan teaching space currently used for the New Entrant/Year 1 class. We have a modern computer suite and library and an excellent school hall. Our outdoor facilities include a fully utilised swimming pool, netball courts, contemporary junior and senior adventure play areas, an enclosed sandpit and large grass areas.

Special projects

In May 2015 Takapau School became the first school in Central Hawke’s Bay to implement the Bikes in Schools initiative that includes a 350m limestone cycle track around the perimeter of the school field, a skills track and a 40m pump track. We are proud to own 50 bikes which enables everyone to benefit from cycling.


Our pupils

Our pupil population is approximately 48% Maori, 50% Caucasian and 2% Filipino. Approximately 40% of our pupils travel by bus.
The pupils are enthusiastic in their involvement in school, displaying positive manners and attitudes as a result of successful school-wide programmes on Social Skill Development, Virtues Programme and Habits of Mind. The children have a supportive and caring attitude to each other and the school. They are proud to be part of Takapau School.

Our staff

Our school currently has a roll of approximately 115 children, is a U3 rating and Decile 4 for funding. We currently have five permanent teachers including a principal and Special Needs Education Coordinator. They are supported by a caretaker, school secretary and teacher aides.

Click on the Link below to view our school Charter.

Takapau School Charter