Te Hiringa - Alternative Educaton

Te Hiringa

Te Hiringa Alternative Education is a Ministry of Education approved provider of Alternative Education services.


The Programme was started in Highbury in 2000, and now provides alternative education services for Secondary aged youth across Palmerston North, Fielding , and wider rural areas. A consortium of 10 secondary schools utilize the service for students who are struggling to stay positively engaged in education. Young people who are struggling often are dealing with a complexity of underlying factors; including physical, social, emotional and/or mental health issues. We provide support and specialist help to navigate the issues, learn to manage themselves within a mainstream setting, and return them to school or another education provider. We are passionate about the potential of young people.


Referrals for Te Hiringa come from schools, Ministry of Education, other government agencies, whānau, and the community.