Moturoa School

Te Kura o Moturoa - Established 1923

‘Honour Before Honours’

Nau mai, haere mai.

Welcome to Moturoa School.

Moturoa School is situated five minutes west of the city centre, under Paritutu Rock and next to Ngamotu Beach. It is also surrounded by beautiful native bush, known as Ngamotu Domain, and adjacent to the bustling Port of Taranaki. This provides not only a rich learning environment but a fantastic location for a wide variety of recreational activities.

Together we believe in nurturing and developing the whole person. In the spirit of partnership and collaboration, we strive for excellence in education. We understand that our students learn best when they discover, explore and experiment and that learning extends beyond the classroom. For us, excellence is achieved through current best practice embracing the Montessori philosophy across all contexts. We follow the Virtues of Character and learn together in a respectful environment. We believe in acting ethically and make conscious decisions based on the balanced hauora for all. We encourage responsibility for our own learning and life choices. We value independent thinking, natural curiosity and a passion for life-long learning. We want our students to develop a broad knowledge base. At Moturoa School, effective communication, negotiation and mediation skills are expected. We are globally aware, have a strong sense of social responsibility and we honour diversity.

Together we strive for a peaceful world.

Term 3 – Plant Study – Waiu-atua (Euphorbia glauca)

Waiu-atua (Euphorbia glauca) is a very attractive coastal plant which grows to about 40-60cm. height with greyish-green or blue leaves and a distinctive milky sap. There are many introduced species of the Euphorbia plant group used as garden plants in New Zealand but waiu-atua is our only indigenous and endemic species. While once regarded as [Read the full article]


Term 2 – Plant Study – ‘native forget-me not’ (Myosotis pansa subsp. praeceps)

The ‘native forget-me not’ (Myosotis pansa subsp. praeceps) is a small rare and threatened plant which is known to occur in limited numbers along damp gullies and banks, amongst scrubby vegetation, near the Wai Pingao Stream at Parininihi in North Taranaki. In 2017 we were requested by the Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust to [Read the full article]