New Zealand has an excellent education system. In Taranaki, there are educational options for everyone from early childcare through to tertiary institutions and adult education classes.

Early education

While formal education usually begins at five years old, children can attend early childhood education from birth. Choices include kindergartens, play centres, Montessori pre-school, child care centres, Kohanga Reo, home-based family day care and nanny services.


Children generally start primary school at five (Year1) and end when they are 11 or 12 (Year 8). Sometimes children attend a separate intermediate school or start at a ‘full’ secondary school for Years 7 and 8. Secondary schools generally cater for students from Year 9 through to 13. Whether it is co-educational or single sex, boarding or day, religious or secular, our schools are renowned for their academic, sporting and cultural achievements.


Sector specific training is provided by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), and tertiary education by the Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) and Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS). Apprenticeships are managed and promoted by a number of different organisations and some larger companies provide internships or graduate opportunities as part of their recruitment programmes.



Taranaki has a modern, extensive healthcare network - you can be assured you and your family will be well taken care of.

Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth provides first-class emergency, intensive and medical care for the whole region. South Taranaki is well serviced by a modern hospital in Hawera, medical centres in Opunake, Hawera and Patea, and GP services in Manaia and Eltham.

There are also general practitioners and surgical specialists throughout the region.

There are pharmacies in all towns, and a large number of excellent dentists, physiotherapists, dieticians, midwives and psychologists available. 

The Taranaki Hospice, Te Rangimarie, offers on-site palliative care in New Plymouth and at-home throughout the region.

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

ACC is a government-funded scheme that covers the cost of treatment and recovery for accidents and emergencies, both in and out of the workplace. Additional health insurance is recommended for those treatments that fall outside of ACC in order to take advantage of shorter waiting lists.