Our School

Principal's Welcome

-Effective Godly input

-Quality teaching and learning

These are my simple goals for our school.

Short. Concise. To the point.
~Mark B. Tan – Principal
I believe that when we successfully combine these two goals, we will see amazing results: students who know who they are, know whose they are, and their true potential.
Our students have significant potential—this I know. Our goal is to provide them with the opportunities, tools, and encouragement to realise their individual potential.
I love our town, our region and our community. Having travelled the world, I know that I am in the right place and working with staff, students, and whanau of the same mind, spirit, and direction. When we work together, aiming for the same goals and heading in the same direction, we achieve great results.
Our school is God-loving, whanau-orientated, and safe. Once here, students simply don’t want to leave, as it is a home away from home.
To this end, if you have any questions, please let me know. I would love to assist you in the development of the education of your child… right here in the heart of the Far North of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Special Character 

Kaitaia Abundant Life School is different from other schools in that it is required, through the integration agreement between the Proprietors and the Ministry of Education, to uphold its Christian Special Character.  This is our defining factor, the most treasured aspect of who and what we are as a school.  

The Special Character of the school on a day-to-day basis can be observed through:

  • Classes, lessons and every day life lived through a Biblical world view with the heart of giving glory to God in all we do
  • Monday morning assemblies beginning with full school Holy Spirit-led praise and worship, Biblical teaching, and whanaungatanga.
  • Morning devotional classes that are normally based around a term theme, examples of which include love, courage, excellence, respect, whanaungatanga, knowing God, etc.
  • All staff members are Christians and teach their subjects in a manner that reflects the glory of God.


By definition, we are a state-integrated area school with a Christian special character. At the core of the school is the integration document between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Proprietors. This allows Kaitaia Abundant Life School to train our students in the ways of the Lord and to deliver our Special Christian Character alongside the national curriculum from Years 1-13.