New Zealand schools are self-governing – Kahurangi School sets its own rules, school policies and teaching programmes.

Every school has a board of trustees elected by the community every three years.

The board’s role is to ensure that:

  • the school runs smoothly
  • quality programmes are in place.
  • school staff are employed including the principal
  • policies to guide the operation of the school are in place. 
A charter is a school’s key planning document and is the basis for all board activity. The charter shows how a board intends to raise student achievement.