Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery

Our Special Character

Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is a special character state school with a fundamental tenet that the child is central in directing his or her own learning so that the enthusiasm and love of learning is retained.


We have 5 guiding principles and 5 core values that define our special character.

Guiding principles

We provide a mana-enhancing learning environment where


Centre Students are at the centre of their learning


Creative Learners are encouraged to be creative, innovative and take risks


Pathway Diverse and flexible individual learning pathways are supported


Partners Learning is a partnership
Learner Everyone is a learner and everyone is a teacher



Core values


By accepting the rights and obligations of being part of Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery we develop relationships and a sense of belonging that strengthens each member of our learning community.  The relationships we form through shared experiences and working together give us a solid foundation to nurture, guide and direct our students.


Respect. We commit to honouring the individual while celebrating our diversity.  We respect ourselves and each other as we aspire to build an empowering learning community.


Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery encourages/supports energetic and powerful learning.  Our students are courageous as they push the boundaries of their own learning by taking risks and developing their own path.


Trust. Building your own learning path requires that Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery students live up to their commitments and responsibilities.  They are trusted to make decisions and follow them through with integrity, and to behave in ways that positively promote Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery to the world.


Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery actively strives to celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, while unifying the community.  We share our successes and work through our difficulties with compassion, caring and tolerance.