St Stephen’s

TIPENE | St Stephen’s School

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School address
1832 Great South Road, Bombay Auckland, 2675

Nathan Durie & Yvette McCausland-Durie

Principal’s name

Te Pā ō TIPENE – Community  

The TIPENE community will insist on a culture of inclusion for all students and whanau. Furthermore, we seek to develop tauira who are empowered to give back to others and contribute positively to society, with the wellbeing of all in mind. The values of service and empathy for others will be key elements of our graduate profile.

TIPENE will evolve a cultural framework underpinned by a broad, dynamic and responsive education model designed for boys (Māori). The goal is that graduating students will be culturally connected individuals driven by excellence, with a commitment to contribute to their communities.  This will be achieved by establishing: 

  • Leadership: whakamana young Māori men and their place within whānau, community and country.
  • Connection & competence: in tikanga / reo so that they are able to contribute to social development for their people.  Furthermore, instilling a commitment to iwi/hapu through service and contribution. 
  • Preparedness: tertiary / vocational careers of choice through the attainment of the necessary prerequisites.
  • Confidence: to stand tall with dignity and humility as a citizen of Aotearoa

Key Information


Annual fee for boarding, curriculum, sport, culture and school related activities is set at $20,000 per annum. Below are the items included as a part of student fees.

  • 7 Day Boarding
  • Dress Blazer & Tie (Loan)
  • Sports Uniform (Loan)
  • Daily Uniform
  • TIPENE Sports Trips excluding international.
  • TIPENE Camps / Wananga
  • TIPENE Education Trips
  • Sport trainings and facilities
  • Sport Coaching including specialist sessions.
  • Co-Curricular Activities
  • Transportation to selected trainings.
  •  All meals

The St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust (SSQV) are committed to their investment in Māori education. Therefore, every year 9 and 10 student shall receive no less than $5,000 towards boarding fees. Year 11, 12 and 13 students will continue to receive financial support as they meet the agreed criteria, as determined by the Tipene Board of Trustees.

Annual Deposit:  A $2,500 deposit is required with your acceptance of an offer of place by October 25th 2024.  This forms a part payment towards your annual charges for goods & services.  If you choose to withdraw before January 15, 2025 a refund of $2,450 will be returned and $50 retained for Administration purposes.  

The three payment options available to whānau are:

1.          Pay $15,000 in full prior to the beginning of the school year,

2.          Pay $3,750 prior to the beginning of each term,

3.          Pay $375 per week over 40 weeks or $750 fortnightly by automatic payment.