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Te Aiōtanga


Tuia i runga

Tuia i raro

Tuia i waho

Tuia i roto

Tuia i te here tangata


That it be woven above

As it is below

Woven without

As it is within

Interwoven within the threads of humanity

Te Aiōtanga is a place that resounds with the stories of courage and hope. It is a safe and confidential space where students are able to share their concerns, worries, hopes and dreams with a counsellor and are empowered to find ways to meet challenges, make informed decisions and discover their preferred ways of being in the world.

Students are offered the opportunity to receive counselling support from two full time counsellors. This is a professional confidential service. Our dedicated Te Aiōtanga also provides the services of an on-site school nurse and clinics for a doctor. A Chaplain is also available.




Mrs Angela Barr     

Mr Paul Barr

Mrs Shirley Tickelpenny

Judith Graham


Location:         Te Aiōtanga


Counselling is for anyone who wants to talk to someone about dealing with life’s challenges or who wants to make changes to some part of their life.

It is unusual to go through life without sometimes feeling a problem or concern has become too big to handle alone.  Choosing to come to counselling may mean you are already on your way to coping with the difficulty.


The heart of this service centres on a respectful, caring and positive relationship. The intent of the counselling support is to provide pathways by which a young person and their family can make the changes they want to make.


  • You have the right to choose whether you see the counsellor alone, with a friend, or with members of your family.

  • What you tell us is confidential.

  • We do not tell  anyone without your permission unless we are seriously concerned for your safety, or the safety of others; even then we will tell you about our concern and discuss the situation with you.

  • We believe that the choice to come to counselling is yours.  If someone is concerned about you , they may ask you to see us, but the choice to be involved in counselling is yours.

  • We believe that although many problems are universal, different cultures have different ideas about how they can be solved.

  • We will try to see things from your point of view.

  • If you would prefer, we will help you find someone from your own culture you can talk to.

  • We are able to refer you and your family to skilled counsellors and community agencies if it is appropriate. 

  • We work within the guidelines of the Code of Ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.


Location:        Te Aiōtanga

School Nurse:  Jennifer Oliver 

Monday - Friday   8:30am - 3:00pm

For all general health needs.


A doctor is available every Tuesday 9am - 11am


A physiotherapist is available Tuesday morning.

Appointments for any of these services can be made through   the school nurse.

This is a confidential Health Service.

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