“Preparing confident, connected, creative, leaders of tomorrow, today”

'He tauira kia whakaritea, he kaha, he māia, kia tūhonotia, he pūkenga auaha ōna, hei kaiarahi mō nāianei me āpōpō'

'The school fosters a caring, family oriented atmosphere where children are encouraged to step forward and take action.' 

Welcome to 


 an outstanding school highly sought after by families living locally and further afield. The school has a strong reputation for providing an excellent and broad education, thus ensuring that all students can reach their personal potential. Kai Iwi School is a full primary school situated in rural surroundings on State Highway 3, 10km north of Whanganui.


At Kai Iwi School we pride ourselves on a rich integrated programme founded on quality literacy and numeracy programmes. We are in the process of redesigning and localising our curriculum, which will also include the Ngā Rāuru curriculum/Te Kooiwi Roa and are developing our Digital Technology and Inquiry Learning.


The school fosters a caring, family oriented atmosphere where children are encouraged to step forward and take action. We teach positive relationships and emotional wellbeing through the use of circles and school values, using Restorative Practices to rebuild relationships when things go wrong.


The school is very fortunate to have the support from our school families who volunteer for a wide range of activities, to provide exciting and challenging learning experiences that engage students to be the best they can be.


The majority of our students come from within our enrolment scheme zone of Kai Iwi, Maxwell and Mowhanau. The school also attracts students from families living outside the enrolment zone and our BOT owned school bus continues to be filled to near capacity.


The school playground includes: in ground trampolines, swings, bike track, an adventure playground, climbing wall, large concrete court, swimming pool - which is available for the community to use during the summer months and grassed area which has been increased in size to give the children more space. The children are very active in their recreation time and make good use of the facilities to build positive relationships.


Caring for the environment and our sustainable practices are important. We are exploring the opportunities to include community members to reinvigorate this kaupapa. Children will be encouraged to take an active role in planning, and caring both for our school gardens and orchard.

The orchard provides children with fruit that they can eat at school.

As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our students and staff, we have been certified as a “Sunsmart School”. 

We also promote healthy eating and are part of the "Free Healthy School" lunches programme.


2024 Term Dates

Term One         

Tuesday 30 January to Friday 12 April 2024   

Monday 5 February - School Closed 

Tuesday 6 Febuary - Waitangi Day

Easter: Good Friday 29 March, Easter Monday 1 April, Easter Tuesday 2 April 

Term Two         

Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 

King’s Birthday – Monday 3 June

Matariki – Friday 28 June


Term Three

Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 

Term Four           

Monday 14 October to TBC

Labour Day – Monday 28 October

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School Timetable

School begins: 9.00am

First break: 10:15am - 10:45am

Second break: 11:45am - 12:15pm

Third break: 1:15pm - 1:45pm

School Finishes: 3.00pm