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Activity centres

Activity centres provide educational and pastoral support to secondary students Years 9-13. The support includes a specialised Learning Programme that will lead to:

  • increased attendance, engagement, and achievement at school
  • social outcomes
  • successful transition into further education, employment or training.

Target student group

Activity centres are operated by managing schools to provide a specialised Learning Programme for secondary school students in Years 9–13 who are at risk of disengaging from schooling and/or at risk of low educational, social or vocational outcomes.

Further entry criteria is developed by the managing school in consultation with the cluster of schools in its area. Entry criteria must ensure:

  • students are enrolled in a state school and are entered into ENROL
  • students are referred because their behaviour impedes their own learning outcomes, or that of others
  • a specialised programme is the most effective way of meeting the student’s needs.



Activity centres have registered teachers who support students to increase their achievement and engagement in education. Those working at the activity centres develop an Individual Learning Programme (ILP), which is responsive to the needs of each student.

At a minimum an ILP must include:

  • numeracy and literacy goals at a level appropriate for the student
  • wellbeing goals (health, social, behaviour)
  • career competencies and/or vocational goals which support effective transition
  • measures to ensure a regular review and update.

Often akonga will attend an Activity Centre for a maximum of two terms; however, extended support can be in place at the discretion of the Activity Centre Director.

The managing school will also ensure regular review systems are in place to support a high-quality educational service provision, including support for activity centre staff to access professional development as well as the development of continual improvement practices.


Funding and operation

Managing schools have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and receives resourcing to manage the activity centre.

Board of Trustees (the Board) of the managing schools holds governance responsibility for the activity centre and is responsible for providing educational services. The Board has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry that outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties in operating an activity centre.

Cluster of schools (state and state-integrated schools) in the geographic vicinity with secondary aged students.

Enrolling schools area part of the cluster of schools that has a student on their roll attending the activity centre.


Monitoring and reporting

There is a requirement under the Activity Centre Memorandum of Understanding to report on outcomes and student achievement to ensure accountability for public funds. This is completed by the managing school.

Download a Word version of the Activity Centre annual report template:

Word 2007 icon. Activity Centre annual report template (Word 2007 29 KB)



Education Review Office (ERO) reports, 2017, and 2018

In 2017, ERO reviewed every activity centre to determine how effective each one was in promoting positive outcomes for students. ERO looked at the: 

  • management and governance practices, including planning, internal evaluation, and professional capacity building
  • use of information to plan and implement individual programmes for, and with, students and to monitor their progress
  • support for students to achieve improved social and educational outcomes
  • educational and social outcomes, including the extent to which students’ learning has been accelerated
  • students’ experience of interagency support for them and their families
  • transitions in and out of the activity centre.

ERO then released a report for each of the 14 activity centres. Ten of the reports included specific recommendations for the activity centres. The 14 ERO reports are available on the ERO website .

On 24 October 2018, ERO released the evaluation report on Provision for Students in Activity Centres. The report is a summary report of the 14 activity centres individual reports that were released in 2017. ERO provided recommendations for the Ministry of Education, Board of Trustees of all managing schools, enrolling schools, leaders and teachers of activity centres and Te Kura. The evaluation report is available on the ERO website .

Note that one activity centre, Te Kura o Waipuna Ōtāhuhu, has closed since the release of the 2018 ERO report.


Further information

Learning Support
For information on Learning Support services and regional office, visit Learning Support on the Ministry of Education's website. 

To contact your Ministry regional office, go to Learning Support Services  on the Ministry's website.

Further queries
For further queries, email the Ministry at Activity.Centres@education.govt.nz

Te Kura
For information on Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu – The Correspondence School (Te Kura), visit www.tekura.school.nz .


Activity centres and managing schools


Ministry region

Activity centre

Managing school


Auckland Secondary Schools' Centre

Email: admin@assc.school.nz  

Phone: 09 376 4769
Website: www.assc.school.nz  

Western Springs College 

Email: admin@wsc.school.nz
Phone: 09 815 6730
Website: www.westernsprings.school.nz

Papakura Activity Centre

Email: sng@papakurahigh.school.nz
Phone: 09 299 6417

Papakura High School 

Email: enquiries@papakurahigh.school.nz
Phone: 09 296 4400
Website: www.papakurahigh.school.nz

Bay of Plenty, Waiariki 

Āwhina School/ Activity Centre

also known as Rotorua Activity Centre (Āwhina)

Email:  trunga@rbhs.school.nz
Phone: 07 348 7841 

Rotorua Boys' High School 

Email: rotoruabhs@xtra.co.nz
Phone: 07 348 6169
Website: www.rbhs.school.nz

Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti

Tūranganui-A-Kiwa Activity Centre

Email:  naima.ulu@tak.school.nz  or office@tak.school.nz  
Phone: 06 867 9767

Gisborne Girls' High School 

Email: info@gghs.school.nz
Phone: 06 68 6092
Website:  https://www.gisbornegirlshigh.school.nz

Napier Community High School

also known as Napier Community Activity Centre

Email: admin@nhsc.school.nz
Phone: 06 835 8356

Napier Boys’ High School 

Email: nbhs@nbhs.school.nz
Phone: 06 833 5900
Website: www.nbhs.school.nz

Akina School/Activity Centre

also known as Akina Activity Centre

Email: admin@akina.school.nz
Phone: 06 878 9642

Hastings Boys’ High School 

Email: hbhsadmin@xtra.co.nz
Phone: 06 873 0365
Website: www.hastingsboys.school.nz

Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū

Taranaki Activity Centre

Email: taractivity@xtra.co.nz
Phone: 06 753 5179

Spotswood College

Email: admin@spotswoodcollege.school.nz
Phone: 06 751 2416
Website:  spotswoodcollege.school.nz

Manawatū Community High School – Manawatū Kura a Iwi

Email: mchs@inspire.net.nz
Phone: 06 357 2254

Palmerston North Boys' High School

Email: admin@pnbhs.school.nz
Phone: 06 354 5176
Website: www.pnbhs.school.nz


Porirua Activity Centre

Email: lloyd@praxis.org.nz
Phone: 04 237 9833

Porirua College 

Email: poriruacollege@pen.net.nz
Phone: 04 237 5465
Website: www.poriruacollege.school.nz  

Hutt Valley Activity Centre

Email:  jlyriks@gmail.com
Phone: 04 568 4922

Naenae College 

Email: admin@naenae-college.school.nz  
Phone: 04 567 7175
Website:   www.naenae-college.school.nz

Te Ara

Email: info@teara.school.nz
Phone: 04 471 1328
Website: www.teara.school.nz  

Wellington High School

Email: admin@whs.school.nz
Phone: 04 385 8911
Website: www.whs.school.nz  

Otago, Southland

London House Learning Centre

Email: jenny@londonhouse.school.nz
Phone: 03 477 2763

Bayfield High School, Dunedin

Email: bayfield@bayfield-high.school.nz
Phone: 03 455 0113
Website: www.bayfield-high.school.nz

Invercargill Activity Centre

Email: admin@inveract.nz
Gerry: tic@inveract.nz
Phone: 03 218 6842

James Hargest College, Invercargill

Email: office@jameshargest.school.nz
Phone: 03 217 6129
Website: www.jameshargest.school.nz