Makauri School

This is our new site which is currently under construction.

Welcome to Makauri School, the place and the school. Our School is situated on the outskirts of Gisborne, 10 minutes from the city centre. The School began as a single classroom in 1886 and is one of the oldest schools in the Gisborne region.

Makauri School today has 180 students and enjoys the best of being a rural school close to town and the facilities Gisborne has to offer. The school has the puriri tree as its logo. A puriri tree, planted in the earliest days of the school in the 1800s, stands at the front of the school.

Judy Nicoll, Principal


Our Makauri Mission embraces the motto 'Being the Best we can Be'. This is applied to the students, staff, parents / caregivers, Board of Trustees and Friends of Makauri.

We are all aiming to 'Be the Best we can Be', as in partnership, we equip our children with the knowledge, skills and competencies they need in order to be life-long learners.

This Mission is achieved through goals, actions and objectives across a diverse curriculum of learning opportunities.

The seat at the front of the school tells the legend of the Makauri Tree, which gives its name to the school. Ask a student or staff member to tell you the legend.