Linda Horne

Welcome to Ashley Rakahuri School

Nau mai, haere mai 

Welcome to our lovely kura.  I am proud to be the Principal of this beautiful school and have been part of this learning community for many years.  This is my fourth year as Principal here, before that I was deputy principal, and a classroom teacher.  I have taught from New Entrants to Year 6 and have found that no matter what age I teach it is the relationships with the students that make the most difference.  By getting to know the learners, and their families and building those connections we could always work together to find the best way to support their needs.

I see my role as Principal as no different – the relationships formed, the ability to listen, to take action and to always put the learner and their experiences at the centre of all decisions made, enables my team and myself to provide the very best we can for the tamariki.  

The Child – the heart of the Matter 

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

Our strength is in our team and we have such a talented team of educators and support personnel who are dedicated to keeping up to date with new learning and providing learning opportunities that nurture each child, and that extend their thinking.

I would welcome the chance to meet with you and discuss how our school can support your child in their schooling years.  Please feel free to get in touch with me at any time.

Ngā mihi nui



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Our Vision

“Better Together – Mahi Tahi”.

This vision embodies all we want to do and be here at Ashley Rakahuri School.

We want to focus on what we can do better and how we can do this with the interests and support of our whole community.

Our tamariki are the heart of why we are here and all that we do is done to better the outcomes academically, socially and emotionally for them.

Our logo representing Maukatere (Mount Grey) and the mountain ranges of Puketeraki, with the braided Ashley River. Includes a stylised “A” and “S” in the river.

Enviroschools Bronze Award

Ashley Rakahuri is an Enviroschool with Bronze status.

Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

This is an important part of what we believe here and we are always looking for new ways to create future focussed learners with a focus on sustainable outcomes.

Reach Values

Show Manaakitanga with integrity, sincerity, and respect towards yourself, others and the environment you are in.

Strive to be better than the day before in order to achieve your personal best.

There are many expressions of love, including caring, giving hospitality to visitors, helping and being considerate.

Challenge yourself to come out of your comfort zone.  Move forward. Speak up. Take action.

Being truthful to oneself.

Our Teams


In Mānuka, we really want to provide a smooth and successful transition  for your child into primary school.


We promote a positive, encouraging & inclusive atmosphere in an environment where every child is made to feel valued.


We all love learning for life and are keen to be ‘better than before’ every day, in everything that we do at school.


Jack (Year 8)
Jack (Year 8)
“At Ashley Rakahuri School we have a lot of roles like Jump Jam, Kapa Haka, Enviro group, Sports shed and librarian. I really like Ashley School’s location out of the city and a little bit in the country!”“
Rachael (Year 7)
Rachael (Year 7)
“I like how we include different people to this school like people with learning difficulties & medical conditions. We also include different cultures and most other schools don't. I like how we are a rubbish free school & we are also an enviro school as well.“
Aled (Year 8)
Aled (Year 8)
“I only just got to this school and so far I think it is amazing! I have been given so many opportunities e.g be a school librarian, join the kapa haka group and join the school basketball team.“