Code of Practice

Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School has been accepted as a signatory and has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the School or from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) at:


Admission Process

For a child entering New Zealand for the first time

1). To apply for a place at Te Akau ki Papamoa School please submit;

  • an application form which includes any relevant health or behavioural information about the student.
  • a photocopy of the student’s passport
  • a copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • certified school reports, references and certificates from their current school.
  • Verification of address, accommodation and parents’ details (a birth certificate in English will be required).

2). If Te Akau ki Papamoa School has a place for your child, we will send you a letter of Offer of Place to attend Te Akau ki Papamoa School that needs to be forwarded to the Immigration Department of New Zealand. This means that your child will be accepted into Te Akau ki Papamoa School provided that the rest of the application procedure is completed satisfactorily.

3). If your child has been offered a place at Te Akau ki Papamoa School you need to:

  • send us International Student tuition fees for the duration of enrolment, as per our letter of Offer. These must be paid in full before your child arrives in New Zealand.
  • Organise comprehensive medical and travel insurance for your child and the rest of the family. It is the responsibility of the student and/or their caregivers to ensure this insurance is in place and to provide the school with a copy of the current policy. (see Page 15 for more information)

4). Once we have received International Student fees as per our Letter of Offer we will send you a Confirmation of Place to attend Te Akau ki Papamoa School, together with a receipt. These are the official documents you require to process your child’s visa application.

5). Once you have a letter that confirms an Offer of Place, a receipt and you have organised Medical and Travel Insurance, you need to complete an application form for a Student Visa for your child/ren and a Visitor Visa for yourself as the Legal Parent/Guardian through Immigration New Zealand.

6). As soon as passports have been stamped and the student permit has been issued with the relevant details, you need to provide a copy of this to Te Akau ki Papamoa School.


For a child enrolling from another school

To transfer to Te Akau ki Papamoa School from another school please submit;

  1. a letter from a parent authorising the transfer.
  2. a copy of the child’s student visa that states Te Akau ki Papamoa School as the provider.
  3. previous school records such as formal school reports.
  4. a written letter that states that Te Akau ki Papamoa School has permission to contact their previous school. (This conforms with the Privacy Act)

Students may commence enrolment at Te Akau ki Papamoa School once all official documentation has been sighted and copies made to be kept on School Record;

  • Enrolment Form
  • Full names and current addresses of parents or legal guardians in their home country and while living in New Zealand for students under the age of 18
  • Tuition Agreement
  • Receipt for Tuition fees
  • Main page of current Passport for both student/s and their parent/ legal guardian
  • Current Student Visa issued for student/s
  • Current Immigration Visa/Permit issued for Parent or Legal Guardian who student/s will be living with during their time studying at Te Akau ki Papamoa School
  • Comprehensive Medical and Travel Insurance details for entire duration of stay in New Zealand

Student Placement

On acceptance and in consultation with the student, students are placed at an appropriate academic level. This placement is determined by the student’s academic ability, course content previously covered and age.


Conditions of Acceptance

Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School is able to offer placements for a number of International Students preferably to a maximum of one per nationality per class. Each enrolment application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account the school’s existing student demand, class sizes and available resources.

  • Year 1-6 students (5-11 years of age) who are staying for longer than three months must live with at least one parent or legal guardian during the entire enrolment period. Those staying for short stays, i.e. less than three months, are also considered.
  • Students must be the appropriate age for the school.
  • No specified level of English applies.
  • An enrolment form and tuition agreement must be completed for every student, and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Students will only be accepted if there is deemed to be space at the year level concerned and at the discretion of the Principal.
  • Students must pay their tuition fee prior to starting at Te Akau ki Papamoa School.
  • Students must have comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance for the entire duration of their stay in New Zealand.
  • Students must have a current Student Visa that states they are studying at Te Akau ki Papamoa School and the parent or legal guardian must have a current Visitor Visa.
  • The School must be notified immediately of any change in contact details including residential address, phone numbers and accommodation type.
  • The School must be notified immediately of any change in visa status for both student and their parent/legal guardian as required by Immigration New Zealand
  • Te Akau ki Papapmoa School monitors attendance on a daily basis and if the child is going to be absent at any time, parents are required to inform the school.
  • Te Akau ki Papamoa School may choose not to enrol an international student who has additional needs if they are unable to provide the support that is deemed necessary for the student by health professionals such as physical or psychological clinicians. This will come down to a decision from the Principal and the Board of Trustees.
  • If a parent wants Te Akau ki Papamoa School to enrol their student as an International student with special needs but they do not meet the ASH requirements and are therefore not eligible for ORRS funding then Te Akau ki Papamoa School will seek their own professional advice and where necessary refer to the Human Rights Commission to consider.


Children aged 10 and under must live with a parent to be enrolled at Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School.


Immigration & Other Important Information

Visa Requirements

All students are required to have a current student visa to be enrolled at Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School.

All parents or legal guardians must have a visitors visa to live in New Zealand while their child/ren are studying.

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at http://

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health

services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full

details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New

Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students (including group students) must have comprehensive current medical and travel insurance which meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education while studying in New Zealand. Medical and Travel Insurance is compulsory for all International Students studying in New Zealand from the time of their enrolment at a school in New Zealand until their student visa expires (or they depart from New Zealand). You may not start school without insurance.

Proof of insurance cover is required before Te Akau ki Papamoa School will confirm the student’s enrolment.


Contacts for International Students

Bruce Jepsen
Principal in Charge of International Students
Phone: (07) 542 2447
Fax: (07) 542 2448
Mobile: 027 450 8660

Lynley Skiffington
International Student Manager
Mobile: 027 5219562
School Address: 29 Doncaster Road
Papamoa 3151