About us

Tiniroto is a small rural school nestled in the rolling hills of Tairawhiti, Gisborne.
Whakapunake is our Maunga and we are the only Kura directly beneath her peak.
Ruakituri and Hangaroa are our awa in which we swim, play and learn in.
Due to our location right between Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay, Tiniroto School gets the benefits of both regions. Our modern School is only 3 years old with beautiful views of the lake and hills. Tiniroto School has well maintained, attractive grounds including a Swimming Pool, full sized in ground trampoline, a new tennis court, a playground, Maara kai (veggie garden) and a small fruit orchard. Tiniroto was first opened in 1893 and has continued to provide education for countless tamariki over the years. It is the heart of the Community. With a small roll, our Kura is one big family and you can quickly gain that sense when you come into our space. The students of Tiniroto enjoy coming into this warm, whānau atmosphere. Our smaller sized classrooms and strong parent/community support means we are able to offer a wide range of exciting well-resourced learning experiences. We are a people minded Kura and are active members of the Tiniroto Community. We have regular Kapa haka sessions with our experienced Tumuaki who teaches Kapa haka to our kura alongside 3 other small rural Schools.
We are collaborators, sharers of knowledge and love to learn alongside our tamariki. We are a fully staffed school with two teachers (husband and wife team), an administrator, cleaner and caretaker. There are currently 10 students enrolled in our small kura. 50% are Māori and 50% are Pakeha. Our students come from rural backgrounds with farming whānau. We offer robust learning programmes for all tamariki. Our school is a hub for learning, growing and RISING to heights beyond the clouds.

Our Mission

Maximise the potential in every child

Instil the children with strong values & Key Competencies

Create a safe, supportive and visually appealing environment for children to learn

Develop respectful relationships with children, the school community and stakeholders

Appeal as a ‘School of Choice’

Our Values