Welcome to

Rolleston School

Te Ahi Kaikōmako


Take a tour and learn why we are so very proud of our school which has had a presence in Rolleston since 1893!

Our narrative

The name Te Ahi Kaikōmako was gifted by Te Taumutu Rūnanga

and has its origins in the narrative of Māui and Mahuika. In the

narrative, Mahuika placed a small amount of fire in all of the trees

in the bush, except for the kaikōmako tree, which received the

most amount of fire. An essential element for survival, fire was

most easily retrieved from the kaikōmako, making it an incredibly

valuable resource for early Māori.

The kaikōmako is also known as the ‘ducks foot’ or the ‘bellbird

tree’, and the female tree is a food source for the korimako. The

name Te Ahi Kaikōmako utilises the metaphor of the school being

the source of fire for its students learning; providing them with

the tools they need to learn and grow, the students feeding from

the kaikōmako, like the korimako.

E Tū Tāngata - Stand Together

At Te Ahi Kaikōmako Rolleston School we recognise that: Others Matter, You Have Value and We Succeed Together through our School Values of being:






When you are part of Te Ahi Kaikōmako Rolleston School you have Value. We all do, because others matter. So we respect their value just as they respect ours. That why we succeed together. Which is why we always stand together.

We are committed to the journey of making a cultural shift within NZ Society and tackling the "Tall Poppy" Syndrome to transform communities. HOW? By allowing us all to E Tū Tāngata - Stand Tall and realise that we are ALL 10/10 people.


Phone: 03-3478355 | Email: office@rolleston.school.nz |

11 Tennyson Street, Rolleston 7614