Key Information


TIPENE will be an environment conducive for boys (Māori) learning through a targeted educational model. Selected staff, professionally immersed in a culture of excellence, high performance and compassion. 

External partnerships will allow TIPENE boys to gain a broader skill set preparing them for success in future roles.

Connection to taiao and iwi will further ensure connection and / or reconnection to their tribal affiliations, instilling a commitment to iwi/hapu through service and contribution.

Personalised programmes for each and every student illustrate our determination to place the student at the centre of learning. Linked to the vocational, cultural and sporting aspirations of each student, TIPENE will work with whānau and external partners to deliver skills and opportunities that will expose and extend all students.


An 8am-8pm learning programme within a 4 week cycle will be implimented to maximise our boarding arrangement. Furthermore,  weeks 5 & 10 of each term will be focussed on educational opportunities outside the classroom.

Daily Schedule


In 2025 we are accepting applications for Years 9 and 10 students only, with a total roll up to 30 students. In 2026, we will be taking applications for Years 9, 10 and 11 students.  We encourage all prospective applicants and whānau to enrol with TIPENE, and another kura, as demand for places is high.

The process for a position at TIPENE in 2025 as a Year 9 or 10 student is outlined as follows:

  1. Complete the first stage of the application process by using the ENROL link.  Included in this process is the need for a number of documents and video performance material to be uploaded. TIPENE Enrolment
    Complete the Enrolment process by Friday July 19, 2024
  2. July 22nd, an invitation will then be sent to attend the onsite TIPENE Orientation Camp held on September 20 & 21 
  3. All attendees at the TIPENE Orientation Camp will be informed on the final selections for 2025 on September 27, 2024 by email.

Please note that all students are expected to be full-time boarders.  

  • Applications now open for TIPENE 2025!
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Annual fee for boarding, curriculum, sport, culture and school related activities is set at $20,000 per annum. Below are the items included as a part of student fees.

  • 7 Day Boarding
  • Dress Blazer & Tie (Loan)
  • Sports Uniform (Loan)
  • Daily Uniform
  • TIPENE Sports Trips excluding international.
  • TIPENE Camps / Wananga
  • TIPENE Education Trips
  • Sport trainings and facilities
  • Sport Coaching including specialist sessions.
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Transportation to selected trainings.
  •  All meals

The St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust (SSQV) are committed to their investment in Māori education. Therefore, every year 9 and 10 student shall receive no less than $5,000 towards boarding fees. Year 11, 12 and 13 students will continue to receive financial support as they meet the agreed criteria, as determined by the Tipene Board of Trustees.

Annual Deposit:  A $2,500 deposit is required with your acceptance of an offer of place by October 25th 2024.  This forms a part payment towards your annual charges for goods & services.  If you choose to withdraw before January 15, 2025 a refund of $2,450 will be returned and $50 retained for Administration purposes.  

The three payment options available to whānau are:

1.          Pay $15,000 in full prior to the beginning of the school year,

2.          Pay $3,750 prior to the beginning of each term,

3.          Pay $375 per week over 40 weeks or $750 fortnightly by automatic payment.

    • TIPENE is delighted to provide a document with a comprehensive range of scholarships to support students in overcoming any potential barriers to their academic advancement. This diverse selection of scholarships aims to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to succeed.
    • External scholarship list – TIPENE – St Stephen’s School.
    • All students will require a personal laptop for most learning tasks. In addition, a list of stationery items will be provided before the start of the school year.
    • All students will be provided with daily, formal and sporting attire included in school fees.
    • A list of required items to be provided by the student will be made available in the near future.  

    Accepting Enrolments for 2025

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