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Rumaki Enrolments for 2025 are now open

Pasadena Intermediate School offers a Rumaki (Level 1 total immersion Māori) for students who learn through Māori philosophy and a Māori context. 

While offering a full immersion Māori programme, students also have access to English medium classes where they will learn Reading and Writing have access to our specialist teachers and are able to participate in our sporting, cultural and gifted and talented programmes.

Because this school operates the Rumaki as a special programme, the Board of Trustees has put criteria for enrolment in place.
Waitītko Rumaki operates 3 classrooms of Level 1 full immersion students.

The Principal in consultation with the Board of Trustees will decide on the number of students who can enrol each year. The number of available spaces for 2025 is 24 students.

All applicants will be interviewed by the Rumaki teacher to assess their Māori proficiency.

The timeframe for 2025 enrolments:

  • Applications open – Thursday 11 April
  • Applications close – Friday 6 September
  • Language proficiency interviews will then be organised after this date. These may be done via Zoom if needed.
  • Applicants will be told of the outcome – Friday 20 September

If you have any questions please email the School Office at .

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following priorities:

First Priority – The level of proficiency in Te Reo Māori is consistent with the level of classroom i.e. full immersion – Level 1 which is assessed by the school. The proficiency of an applicant will be ranked on a scale of zero to five, zero being an applicant with no Te Reo and 5 being an applicant that has a high level of proficiency

Second Priority – Applicants who are siblings of current and ex-students

Third Priority – Students who have received at least 2 years of Māori-medium education at Westmere School, Richmond Road School, Freemans Bay School, Newton Central School as part of Te Kāhui Ako o Te Waitematā or have completed one year in the differentiated te reo Māori programme at Pasadena Intermediate

Fourth Priority – Any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the school or a child of a member of the board of trustees

Fifth Priority – Students who have received Māori immersion education at other schools than at the previously mentioned school