Tauriko School has buses that support parents/caregivers with transporting children.
See #814b Route and Timetable here
See #704b Route and Timetable here
Route 810b - (Lakes and Cambridge Road) Morning only - 7:45am Lakes Boulevard (Shops), Lakes Boulevard (Bracken Mews), Lakeview Quay (Furl Close), Landing Drive, (Ngakumama Reserve), Lakes Boulevard (Caldera Crescent), 8:05am Tauriko School, Cambridge Rd (stops are River Oaks Drive - Miles Lane - Kelston Way), Wallace Place , 8:25am Tauriko School
See #810b Route and Timetable here
See #12 Route and Timetable here
See #13 Route and Timetable here
See #14 Route and Timetable for morning travel here
See #14 Route and Timetable for afternoon travel here
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Check times for pick up or drop off
Route 704b, 814b, 810b : These routes are available free to students
Routes 12, 13, 14: These buses operate free to eligible students. A bus pass is required to travel on these routes. Please see here for information on obtaining a bus pass.
The Ministry of Education has clear guidelines around how school buses are to operate. Ministry guidelines state that students who are 3.2km from their closest school are eligible to use the school bus for free. School Transport Entitlement Zones established by the Ministry of Education clarify the transport zones students belong too. It is important to look at these if your child uses the school bus. Maps showing Tauriko School and Kaimai School's bus zones are in the left hand margin of this web page. Students who do not attend their closest school using a school bus must ask for permission from their closets school's Board.
However, as Tauriko School is currently a member of the Tauranga Transport Network Group ( a group of schools who together manage school bus funding) any students bypassing us as their closest school to go to any the schools listed below can be transported for $75 per child per term without asking permission from the school’s listed below that they are bypassing:
Greerton Village School
Omokoroa No 1
St Mary’s Catholic School
Tauranga Primary School
Welcome Bay School
This can happen if there is a bus route available to use and space on the bus.
The implications for our school are:
Any students who live closest to Kaimai School and who wish to come to Tauriko School must ask permission from the Kaimai School Board if they wish to travel by school bus. These families would then bring a document from Kaimai School that says this approval is given before they could travel on the school bus. Once we have this document we can then put the student on our buses and charge them $75 per term which is paid to the TTNG. A copy of Kaimai School's Bus Transportation Policy can be obtained from Kaimai School. Kaimai School's bus routes are on their website .
Any families who choose to drive their children into our school zone to a bus stop can travel on the bus from there for free if there are spaces available on the bus. All of our rural buses had ample space last year.
Any Year 7 & 8 students who live closest to Tauriko School and wish to travel on school buses to another school need to pay $75 per term to the Tauranga Transport Network Group as these students are not funded by the MOE to travel.
Further information out-lining how this all works is available on the MOE website.
How our bus system works and expected behaviour of students on these buses is outlined in our bus procedures. Tauriko School is responsible for ensuring children get safely onto school buses in the afternoon only. This requires that parents/caregivers of children travelling on all school buses in the afternoon must book their regular use of the bus by filling in a Permanent Bus Change form - see tab at the top of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: If there are any changes to the bus travel plans, the office must be informed by no later than 12pm. If we have not been informed by a parent/caregiver, via the website or telephone, the documentation that we have recorded at the time will stand. Therefore if your child is recorded as not going on the bus for that day/s, they will not be put on the bus to travel home. The child will remain at school and the parents will be expected to collect them. We will not be ringing parents after school to check arrangements as this means the bus is being held up. Any bus changes need to be made by a parent/caregiver, not by a child.
If children will not be travelling on the school bus any particular day, please fill in the
Not Travelling Form
Please submit online BEFORE 12pm of that school day, otherwise the school will assume arrangements are to be followed as usual.
If a child would like to travel an extra day, or on a casual basis, please fill in the
Casual Bus Booking Form - Submitted before 12pm on the day of travel.
Students should adhere to the Code of Conduct and other guidelines or terms of carriage set by the bus operator. Should a student’s actions jeopardise safety or disrupt others, this may result in the student losing their bus privileges. If a situation escalates to where the driver deems continuation unsafe, the school or police will be contacted to intervene.
Safety and Behaviour Tips for Students
Boarding the bus
• Stand well back from the road in the designated area.
• Approach only after the bus comes to a complete stop.
• Carry bags in front, preventing them from getting snagged in the door.
• Find a seat immediately upon boarding and stay seated.
On the bus
• Follow all the bus driver's instructions.
• Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, or vaping.
• Bullying or harassment will not be tolerated.
• Avoid distracting the driver.
• Treat bus property with respect.
• Adhere to the displayed Code of Conduct.
• Respect fellow passengers.
• Bags should be on your lap or under the preceding seat.
• If standing, remain behind the driver, do not cross the line on the floor.
Getting off the bus
• Use the front door if possible.
• Wait well back from the road until the bus has moved away.
• Only cross the road when there is no traffic in either direction.