Please bring a Chromebook in 2018

We are asking families to provide a chromebook for their child to bring to school in 2018. More information can be found here in our BYOD & ICT contract. This document needs to be printed, signed and returned in the first week of school.

2018 Stationery & Uniform

We have two different companies who are able to supply you with what you will need for the start of the year:

Purple School 

Purple school are the new education supply division of The Warehouse Group. They offer a 'one stop shop' online order service and can provide uniform, stationery and chromebooks. They will be open for orders from 8th January - 28 February 2018 -  you can sign up to be notified when it launches by visiting their main website

Here is a flyer that contains their full list of stationery, uniform and chromebook offerings.

If you prefer you can view, try on and buy the uniform in-store at The Warehouse in Wagener Place across the road from St Luke's shopping centre.


Officemax can provide stationery and standard or upgrade model chromebooks.

Ordering Online via Purple School or Office Max:

Both websites will ask you to select our school (type in 'Kowhai' and select it from the drop down list) and then enter your child's name and year level (7 or 8). If they ask you for a code, ID or enrolment number you can leave that blank.

If you are ordering online please check through the item list carefully before confirming your purchase - you may need to deselect some of the optional items due to the way the suppliers present the list. You can deselect any items you already have. You may also want to compare pricing between suppliers. 

2017 & 2018 School Fees and Donations

  • Annual optional and voluntary donation for one child: $300

  • Two or more children per family: $450

The Board of Trustees asks all families for a optional and voluntary donation to contribute to school funds. This goes towards additional learning resources not funded by the government and covers resources that all students benefit from such as 'take home' items from the technology and arts programmes, additional devices such as the school chromebook computers and subsidising the cost of visiting experts and field trips. A receipt will be provided and this may be used for tax deduction purposes. All and any donations will be used to enhance students' learning and help Kowhai provide the best possible programmes.

School Tour ~ Meet the Principals

Principal, Louise Broad and Associate Principal, Barbara Cloonan, are very happy to meet with you to pay attention to your expectations and your child’s particular needs. We will spend time with you answering your questions, showing you around the school, introducing you to teachers or observing programmes. Just call or email to make an appointment. 
Our school phone is (09) 846 7534 or contact us by email:  or


In Zone

You have automatic right of enrolment at Kowhai if you live in our zone. Follow this link to see a list of the streets in the Kowhai zone. Entry to our Maori unit is by application.

Please telephone Kathrine Laurence on 846-7534 or email should you require more information.

Out of Zone (for 2018 academic year)

Applications for out of zone enrolments closed on Wednesday 30th August 2017 and the ballot was conducted on Wednesday 6th September 2017. No further out of zone applications can accepted or considered.

Each year the school will analyse the projected in-zone enrolment figures and decide on how many places we can offer to students who live out of our zone.  If we receive more applications than we have places we will conduct a ballot to select these students. All out of zone applications must be received before the deadline which is usually around mid August (we will update this once the date is confirmed). There are Ministry of Education rules and guidelines about how this process is run - you can read more about them here. * Our Maori and Samoan language classes qualify as 'special programmes' under these guidelines.