International Students

Quality Education for International Students, On New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast.

Kenakena Primary School is a 500 student co-educational school taking students from 5 to 13 years of age through the full eight years of their primary schooling. The school is set in expansive grounds close to the beautiful Paraparaumu Beach on the sunny Kapiti Coast, adjacent to Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club and other quality sports facilities. Kenakena is a reputable school that runs quality educational programmes which attract interest from the professional education community. Our programmes deliver rich learning experiences for our students where the development of thinking skills is a feature.


Kenakena School is among a minority of New Zealand Schools to achieve a four-to-five year review cycle from the Education Review Office. The school’s Board of Trustees received a letter of acknowledgement from the Minister of Education in 2014 to congratulate them on the achievement.

The ERO report from December 2018 can be viewed here.

Pastoral Care

Kenakena School has excellent structures in place for ensuring students are well cared for and is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. We also have access to trusted adult translators to ensure communication with our students is clearly understood.



Learning the Language

International students at Kenakena School receive ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) support following an assessment of their English ability. Trained ESOL personnel work with students both in, and outside the classroom. Students with very little English also have the option of attending Kapiti College’s English Language Academy ($NZ300 per week) to receive intensive one-to-one or small group tuition in speaking, reading and writing English, prior to them enrolling at Kenakena School.



Homestay Accommodation

Our International Students are placed in homestay accommodation in the local community, usually close to the school. Homes are carefully chosen and monitored by our homestay coordinator throughout the year. Students may contact the coordinator at any time if they need help and advice. Kenakena School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Each student is met at the airport and introduced to their homestay family and the school by an orientation programme facilitator. 



Partnership with Kapiti College

Kenakena School and Kapiti College have developed a partnership for the quality education of International Students. Students who attend Kenakena Primary School have the option of continuing their education at the secondary level at Kapiti College. The brothers and sisters of children at Kenakena School could also attend Kapiti College ( at the same time giving a stable family option on the beautiful Kapiti Coast. The schools are less than ten minutes apart by road. Kenakena School has been hosting international students since 2002.



Golf Education

A Junior Golf Academy is available at the renowned Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, which is right next door to Kenakena School. The programme includes Club Membership and coaching. Other programmes are subject to arrangement ( 



Student Fees

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Academic Tuition

NZ $11000.00

Includes Goods & Services Tax &

in-school English Language Support

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Homestay Accomodation

NZ $300.00 per week 

Includes Goods and Services Tax 

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NZ $250 per term

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Pastoral Care

NZ $250 per term


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NZ $500 per year

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Activities Fee + Stationery

NZ $500 per year

Excludes all  out of school activities

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Exchange Visit to Melbourne:

Approximately NZ$1000

OPTIONAL, annually in November.


Contact us

To make an enquiry, or to get more information, please send us an email, give us a call, or contact us via post using the information below.


International Students Administration Manager 

Kenakena School 

PO Box 1441

Paraparaumu Beach




0064 4 2984011



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