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The main campus of Te Wānanga o Raukawa is located in central Ōtaki on the Kāpiti Coast. Ōtaki is a small coastal town of about 6000, being an hour north of Wellington and an hour south of Palmerston North. At the 2013 census more than 33% of the Ōtaki population were Māori.

Ōtaki boasts four kohanga reo, a kura kaupapa Māori - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito, a kura ā iwi - Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatūpuranga Rua Mano, and of course Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Annually Ōtaki hosts:

  • The Māoriland Film Festival, an international indigenous film festival dedicated to celebrating indigenous voices and storytelling in film
  • The Ōtaki Kite Festival, a fun filled family affair with entertainment, stalls and spectacular kites on show
  • The Waitohu School Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Parts of the Kāpiti Arts Trail
  • Te Rā Whakapūmau o Te Wānanga o Raukawa, the graduation day for students.

Sporting and outdoor activities abound with the Rāhui Netball Club, Rāhui Rugby Club, Whiti te Rā Rugby League Club, the Ōtaki Sports Club which includes tennis, soccer and squash, the Ōtaki Surf Lifesaving Club, the Ōtaki Swimming Club, the Ōtaki Taekwondo Club, the Ōtaki Athletics Club, the Ōtaki Golf Club and more. The Ōtaki Gorge and Forks are in close proximity giving people another outlet for swimming, kayaking, tramping and observing nature.

Whether the sun is out or the weather is wet and wild Ōtaki Beach is popular with locals and visitors alike. It’s great for collecting pipi, fishing, swimming, beachcombing, and the list goes on. It’s a fun place for the whānau.

Ōtaki has been favoured with a variety of outlet stores and second-hand shops.

The weather is awesome in the summer months which is why it is known as sunny Ōtaki. Come to Ōtaki. It’s a good place to be.

Documents for Students

The following documents have been produced to assist students throughout their time with Te Wānanga o Raukawa.  Click on the links below to access these resources.

He Ara Tohu Tuhi - Guide for academic writing at Te Wānanga o Raukawa including how to reference etc. 

Te Ara - Student Handbook - Includes information on services and guiding principles for students of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.



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Ōtaki Campus

Nestled between the Tararua ranges, the awa and the moana.

1 hour south of Te Papaioea (Palmerston North), 1 hour north of Te Whanganui ā Tara (Wellington).

It is common to hear te reo Māori spoken in Ōtaki on the streets, in the supermarket, on the sports fields and in the shops. 

Ōtaki is a friendly, supportive place to kōrero and learn the Māori language amongst a community who value and nurture te reo Māori.