The first Pasifica charter school has officially opened in south Auckland.
About 150 parents, children and community leaders are at the school's temporary premises at a Mangere Church.
The Rise Up Academy has 47 children enrolled, from new entrants to year six, with three places still to fill.
Chief executive Sita Selupe said they offer a Christian-based education, which involves the whole family.
Registered teachers will teach the New Zealand cirriculum from 8:30am to 3pm, with community experts taking sports, arts and culture from 3pm - 5pm.