The country's newest Maori language school says the Crown is pleased with the way it has been set up.
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Tuia Te Matangi in Nelson opened with a powhiri ceremony at dawn on Saturday.
Principal Merita Waitoa-Paki says the kura kaupapa is the first school of its kind to be reviewed under the new recognised qualification for special-character schools.
She says the national body for kura kaupapa, Te Runanga Nui, has helped to establish a good relationship with the Education Review Office and the Ministry of Education.
She hopes Crown agencies will continue to work with the kura.