The Far North District’s education system is as diverse as the people that populate its boundaries. Healthy Families Far North is working with education settings – from early childhood through to tertiary – and those providers who also have invested in the district’s future leaders and their whanau to more effectively impact on good health choices and outcomes.

Already there are many champion education settings that are leading the way in health promoting environments, including

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Pukemiro taking ownership of the Te Houtaewa annual run
  • The Kai Rongoa initiative being implemented in Ngataki, Te Kao and Te Hapua schools
  • The annual Matariki Games, co-hosted by Te Rarawa Anga Mua and Taipa Area School
  • Oturu School’s sustainable grazing food environment
  • Te Hiku early years whānau and community hub, Whakatupu A Nuku, and its burgeoning impact on the local education and cultural landscape
  • Kaitāia Intermediate’s fizzy free social events
  • Northland College and Lincoln University’s partnership that supports a localised educational agricultural hub

…to name but a few.

Healthy Families Far North is driven by a whole school approach, whereby we view education settings as systems of interconnected parts and we value the process of inquiry as that which provides the catalyst for change.

The Stats

94 ECE Centres and Kōhanga Reo

14 composite (years 1 to 15) schools

17 contributing (years 1 to 6) schools

33 full primary (years 1 to 8) schools

2 intermediate (years 7 to 8) schools

4 secondary schools

16 tertiary institutions

We work closely with our partners already engaging in education settings, so as to achieve our vision:

Ka puta noa te mauri Te Taitokerau – a healthy, thriving Far North

Health Promoting Schools

Heart Foundation

Sport Northland