Opihi College - New Enrolment Scheme

Closed 30 Sep 2022

Opened 29 Aug 2022


The Ministry of Education has been working with Opihi College to establish a new enrolment scheme.

This is to assist the Board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. 

Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. (Right click to open in a new window)

If overcrowding occurs or is likely to occur at a State school, the Ministry of Education must establish an enrolment scheme for the school.



A key part of an enrolment scheme is the home zone.

This proposal includes two enrolment scheme home zones - one for Year 7&8 enrolments and one for Year 9-15 enrolments. This is due to the local school network containing both Year 1-6 and Year 1-8 primary schools. These home zones have been designed to approximate the mid-points between local schools as well as reflecting the boundaries of existing primary school zones.

Proposed home zones (Right click to open in a new window)

The enrolment scheme is proposed to commence from 24 April, 2023 (Term 2).

The Ministry will continue to monitor roll trends to determine when additional teaching spaces will be required at the college.

All learners/ākonga who live within the home zone of Opihi College will have an entitlement to attend the college and those that live outside the home zone may be accepted if there are out-of-zone places available and their application meets the legislated requirements. To be able to do this, boards at state schools keep an eye on the number of applications received from in-zone students to help them determine the places they might have available for out-of-zone students once all in zone enrolments are accepted.

Note that all students who are already enrolled at Opihi College before the enrolment scheme commences are entitled to stay at Opihi College. Siblings of current students will have priority access to any out-of-zone places offered by the college.

It’s important that we hear and understand community perspectives before we establish this new enrolment scheme at Opihi College – especially the design and practical implications of the home zone. Please have a look at the map and overview information available before you participate in the consultation process.

This consultation process is about enrolment schemes, which determines the entitlement to enrol.  It’s important to note that a student’s eligibility to enrol may be different to their eligibility for School Transport assistance.  Further information about eligibility to school transport can be found here.

Information (please read this before completing the survey)

Map and written description of proposed zone (Right click to open in a new window)

Map only (Right click to open in a new window)

Frequently Asked Questions (Right click to open in a new window)

Information about important terms and dates for enrolment schemes (Right click to open in a new window) 

What happens next

After consultation is finished, the Ministry of Education will collate all feedback and process this information to ensure it meets the requirements of the Education and Training Act 2020 (Schedule 20, Clause 5). If the Ministry is satisfied that the enrolment scheme meets these requirements, the enrolment scheme will be finalised and provided to the Board to implement as soon as practicable.