Takapau School is set in a picturesque rural community. It is a mixed farming community with dairy, sheep, beef and deer all being farmed nearby, as well as the occasional vineyard to add character to the natural surroundings.
Two of the area’s major employers are Silver Fern Farms and the district’s farming community.
Approximately 60% of the children attending Takapau School live in or near the township and 40% bus to school from surrounding farmland.
There is a strong Maori community centred on the Rakautatahi Marae. There is a Kohanga Reo and a Kura Kaupapa in the township also.
Residents of Takapau are very community minded and put a lot of energy into maintaining and building the town’s facilities and supporting community organisations. Parents and the community have a sense of pride in the school and take a practical interest in the life of the school.
The town has many clubs and organisations which are strongly supported by people in the surrounding community, including:
- Takapau Lions Club
- Takapau Lawn Tennis Club
- Takapau Golf Club
- Takapau Rugby Club
- Takapau Indoor Bowls Club
- Takapau Squash Club
- Takapau Scouts / Cubs
- Takapau Returned Service Association
- Takapau Arts Centre
- Takapau Wine Tasters
Fifteen minutes away in Waipukurau are: Central Hawke’s Bay College, a heated swimming pool, an indoor stadium complex, drama and musical club and all major sporting facilities.
Trampers and hunters are only 30 minutes away from the Ruahine Ranges and excellent trout fishing is available in the Tuki Tuki river and its tributaries.