Rotorua’s first partnership school, to be run by Ngāti Whakaue, has confirmed its venue ahead of its official opening early next year.

Te Rangihakahaka Centre for Science and Technology will be based in a two-storey building on Dinsdale Rd.

The new school and its learning concept have been well received by the community, with more than 100 registrations of interest being lodged locally and from as far away as Australia.

Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho-Ake Trust general manager Roana Bennett said the new school’s location was just “minutes from Rotorua CBD”.

“The two-storey building is very well constructed and is ideal for the learning spaces we want to create for our tamariki and whānau,” she said.

“The site name is Turipuku – a name that has a close association with Ngāti Whakaue and is highly appropriate for our school site.

“The ample park-like grounds will provide plenty of outdoor discovery areas for tamariki,” she said.

“We were fortunate to have a few options available to us but ultimately went with this venue because of its open spaces that we want to use to encourage collaboration across all age groups.”

Te Rangihakahaka Centre of Science and Technology will cover the full New Zealand curriculum but with a focus on science and technology, teaching literacy and other learning areas through science topics defined in Maori terms such as whakapapa (genetics) and ahuwhenua (agriculture).

It will be “trilingual” in English, Māori and computer coding.

Ms Bennett said the school was tracking well for its opening date of January 30.

“We have had huge interest being shown by families with Year 1 to 10 students. We have more than 100 registrations of interest, not just from Rotorua, but from other parts of New Zealand and even Australia.

“We don’t want to put our foundation team under too much pressure, but at the same time we don’t want to say no to any families so we will review how many children we take based on the registrations we get.”