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Residential campuses

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Our residences

Ko Taku Reo has two residential accommodation options; one at our Auckland Campus in Kelston and the other at our Christchurch campus in Sumner.

Residential accommodation is available for students aged 11 to 21 while they attend school or vocational training. The residential facilities operate a 24 hour service during term time. Students are transported home (by flight or bus) every five weeks and at the end of each term.

  • The residences have simple adaptations to make them suitable for Deaf youth to develop and experience interdependence in preparation for life beyond school.

    Each bedroom door has a flashing light doorbell and all rooms are equipped with flashing light fire alarms and vibrating smoke alarms for every bed.

    The latest communication technology is available so students can easily keep in touch with family and friends at home.

  • Students have opportunities to participate in a range of activities, both during and after school. They are encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities within and outside of the residences. The overarching aim of these activities is for enjoyment; however, they also serve the purpose of helping students gain discipline and the skills and confidence to take part in wider community activities and events, using their communication skills and building on these over time.

  • Residential staff are committed to working alongside students to foster interdependence, self-awareness, and self-sufficiency so that they can become confident members of their family, school, Deaf community and general community.

    Some staff use New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), some use spoken English, and many use both languages. Staff encourage and actively support the use of NZSL and a greater understanding of Deaf Culture.

  • Accommodation and travel for students are funded by Ko Taku Reo through funds received directly from the Ministry of Education. This is used to provide food, leisure activities and basic needs while the students are in the residences.


Christchurch campus — Sumner

Our Christchurch residence provides an opportunity for up to 20 students to attend one of two provisions — Te Puna Wai o Waipapa Hagley College or Hillmorton High School — for their educational needs to be met.

The Christchurch campus has residential houses for boys and girls, access to independent flats for students who are ready to learn independent skills, and access to a shared house for those who are learning to live with others.

Auckland campus — Kelston

Auckland Residence has space for up to 23 students to attend provisions at Kelston Intermediate School, Kelston Girls College, Kelston Boys High School, the Tū Kōkiri programme or Massey High School Trades Academy.

Rebuilt in 2015/2016, our Kelston site is a modern, shared residential whare.