Growing Minds

Financial support for schools

We believe that every school in Auckland should be given the opportunity to visit Tiritiri Matangi, so in 2012 the Supporters started a programme called ‘Growing Minds’ which has enabled thousands of children from decile 1-6 schools to visit this sanctuary.

How does it work?

The Growing Minds programme reduces all costs from $35 to $15 per student and grants free ferry passage for one adult per six children.

The $15 fee covers : 

  • $25 student ferry fare 
  • $2-10 fee for transportation to the ferry 
  • $2 fee for guiding 

Please note: this is only available to 85% of the school roll in any one year

What's not funded?

  • The bus fare to and from the ferry 
  • Relief teachers for the day
  • Additional accompanying adults above the 1:6 ratio. 

Plan Your Trip...

If you wish to apply please do so at least six weeks before your trip. Before you come to the island, there are a few recommendations you may want to follow: 

  • Keep your student numbers under 40 pupils. For a school and teachers’ first time trip to the Island having smaller student numbers is highly recommended. If a school doesn't have a teacher who has been on Tiritiri in the past two years, it is also advised they keep their student numbers to no more than 40 pupils
  • Book in advance. For schools with larger groups of students the school needs to book more than one day on Tiritiri. 

Keep ratios low: With all student groups, including senior schools, we need at the least a 1:10 adult to student ratio, so that there is one school adult per guided group.

Want to Apply?

If you would like to apply for funding under the Growing Minds programme, please read the Growing Minds School Bookings Procedure and make your application using the Growing Minds Application Form.

Please do not submit any information as a Google Docs file.

Growing Minds application forms can be  faxed to 09 476 0010 or emailed to the address below. Bookings for all school visits may be made via email or phone.

We’d love to hear your feedback, so we ask that the teacher in charge of students visiting using Growing Minds funding completes an evaluation form (link) after the visit.

Sharing our knowledge and experience with our visitors is an important objective for the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi. We look forward to welcoming you and your students to Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Growing Minds Application Form (pdf)

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Growing Minds Application Form (docx)


Would you like to help fund our Growing Minds programme?

We are always grateful to receive donations or sponsorship to help fund our Growing Minds programme. If you would like to support our Growing Minds programme please email the Guiding Manager on or phone (09 476 0010, Weds – Sun).