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TIPENE News and Articles

Chater School Upgrades - Ft. Nathan Durie

Tune in to this piece from Te Karere with Nathan Durie talking about Charter Schools.
TIPENE | St Stephen’s will be opening as a Charter school in 2025. The unique approach of being a Charter school sets TIPENE apart, offering a specialised educational experience for students.

TIPENE bringing the old back to life

A bright new future awaiting TIPENE | St Stephen’s School on the southern fringe of Auckland – the long abandoned Kura on the Bombay Hills. Tens of millions of dollars are being spent to get TIPENE back up and running next year, creating a new era for Māori boys’ education.

Historic Māori boarding school St Stephens makes grand reopening

St Stephens School has reopened after 23 years. The Māori boys boarding school based in South Auckland was closed because of the student’s health and safety. However, under new leadership and guidance, the school has officially reopened and will be welcoming students in the academic school year of 2025.

Upcoming Events

TIPENE Roadshows


On September 14, 2024 the opening of the new TIPENE will take place before the Orientation Camp. 

This is a special occasion to celebrate the past, reflect on the present and look forward to the future.  This event marks a significant milestone in the journey of the re-opening of TIPENE and will include blessing of the buildings and an opportunity to share the new spaces.  
We extend a warm invitation to all. 


On February 6, 2025, the opening Powhiri for all new Tāuira, Kaimahi, and Kaiako of TIPENE will take place. This event celebrates the new beginnings as our first cohort commences.

We are excited to celebrate the arrival of our new Tāuira, Kaiako, and Kaimahi who will embark on a journey with TIPENE. A warm welcome is extended to all whānau of our new staff and students.

TIPENE Pānui 2024

Staff Advertisement

TIPENE - Grounds Person

The Grounds Person position at TIPENE plays a crucial role in ensuring the timely preparation of our grounds for the new Tāuira, Kaimahi, and Kaiako. We are currently seeking a full-time individual to join our team to support our objectives effectively. The main focus of this role is to develop and maintain the grounds at TIPENE to a high standard that reflects the excellence we aim for in our community. Additionally, responsibilities include the development and maintenance of turf and grass areas, as well as their ongoing management. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and Cover letter to

Ngā mihi whānau!