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Information for Referrers

HRC Te Otu Mātua is a time-limited intervention for rangatahi with complex behaviours who experience neurodiverse challenges such as ASD, intellectual impairments, specific learning disabilities, ADHD, and trauma, as well as a range of similar presentations that may not have been diagnosed. Our vision for each of our students is “Whakarangatirahia/Be the best you can be”.

We believe that working together, equals better outcomes for the rangatahi we support. “Nā to rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi”. As such, the family, enrolling school, and referrer play an integral role, during a student’s stay at HRC.  


Our focus is always on supporting a student to develop the skills they will need when they leave HRC. To achieve this, we work in partnership with the student’s family, enrolling school and referrer to develop and support implementation of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). We emphasise development of emotional, social and regulation skills essential to being ready to learn, focus on literacy, numeracy, health and physical education, and use integrated learning for digital technology, te Reo, NZ history, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. The bespoke HRC Residential Curriculum is designed to assist ākonga to interact with their environment as independently as possible and to develop a sense of worthiness that will enable them to become contributing members of society.

Transition out starts as soon as the student transitions in.

All Residential Specialist Schools (RSS) enrolments are made by entering into a Specialist Education Agreement (SEA) with the Ministry of Education.


Applications can only be made by the young person's learning support provider in their home region. This could be an RTLB, Ministry specialist, or a day specialist or fund-holder school.


There are two different enrolment pathways into HRC: 


If the young person does not currently access any learning support, or you would like some advice on the application process please contact our Student Coordinator to discuss the next step.

(T) 03 339 7802,  or via email on

HRC Key Information April 2023
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