Kaikohe Intermediate

Block 4 

Kaikohe Intermediate School is located in the Kaikohe
township, the largest service centre of the mid-North.


The vast majority (90-95%) of students identify themselves as Māori, with the remainder being European, Pacific Island and Asian.

As a relatively small Decile 1 State, Coeducational,
Intermediate School with a roll of approximately 200, pupils come from two large contributing schools in Kaikohe - (Kaikohe East and Kaikohe West Primary Schools), and three smaller rural schools - Tautoro, Ohaeawai and Waima.

The local environment is revered for its spiritual strength
and historical significance. This area is the turangawaewae of Te Iwi O Ngapuhi, the Ngapuhi people.


Challenges and opportunities:


The learning and teaching, AKO, at Kaikohe Intermediate is designed to support akonga learning for life and in life, as well as support the growth and transformation of their whanau, hapu and iwi. The school is committed to strengthening akonga intellectual, spiritual, social and cultural intelligence.


Block 4 is a 1950s classroom block. The original building
consists of four teaching spaces and various small offices
and storage cupboards. The project scope was to refurbish the original block both inside and out, open up the classrooms and ancillary spaces to create an innovative learning environment with teaching spaces, breakouts and makers corners alongside teacher resource and planning.

Student involvement. It was critical that the decorative finish of the rooms reflect the kura’s whakatauki and the students and ĀKAU Studio were heavily involved in the design of the wall and floor coverings. By using design to engage taitamariki we hope to walk alongside them from exclusion, to inclusion, and to greatness.

The project includes:

• Refurbish school block
• Opening up classrooms and spaces
• Concept and developed design
• Creating innovative breakout spaces
• Involving students in design.

The taitamariki are designing the floor, ceiling and paneling within different areas of their school to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Each created a concept with its own unique story based on their values.