Introducing Hokowhitu School

Introducing Hokowhitu School

Hokowhitu School is located in central Palmerston North, and we work hard to provide a supportive, caring, and positive environment for our children.

Our roll is currently around 380 students, and our children come from more than thirty different cultures. We are categorised as Decile 7 by the Ministry of Education.

We have an extensive playground and a swimming pool. We are also able to make use of the neighbouring Hokowhitu Park.

Hokowhitu School was opened in February 1924, and the Albert Street frontage—including our bell tower—is a Category II listed historic building.


Our mission

Strive to be the best you can be

Torongia ki te tihi o te maunga


Our vision

Our school is a wonderful place where students are inspired and guided on their journey through life.


Our values: STRIVE

Our STRIVE guidelines encapsulate the virtues and values we teach at Hokowhitu School: 

Step up and be the best you can be 

Try new things and persevere 

Respect self, others and things 

Investigate, wonder and learn 

Value others 

Enthusiastically live by our virtues


Our ERO Report & ERO Case Studies

Our latest ERO Report (2018) can be found here.


Our work to improve Year 1 reading is profiled by ERO in Chapter 8 of their report, Teaching Strategies that Work - Reading (2018).


Our mathematics curriculum is profiled by ERO in Chapter 3 of their report, Teaching Strategies that Work - Mathematics (2018).


Our success in empowering children's learning and aspirations is profiled by ERO in Chapter 8 of their report, Teaching Strategies that Work - Keeping Children Engaged and Achieving in the Upper Primary School (2017).


Other useful information

Our profile on the Education Counts website can be found here.