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English Language School

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to learn English in our ‘Pathway to English Proficiency’ course, designed to meet the needs of English language learners at all levels. We aim to provide a friendly and relaxed environment in which students can improve their level of English ability through their own hard work and determination. With the expert tuition and support of our dedicated teaching staff, you will achieve your learning goals faster. 



Why Onehunga High School?

  • Onehunga High School leads the way in New Zealand educational achievement
  • Located on the shores of the Manukaru harbour, Onehunga High School is surrounded by many different amenities and natural features. Some of the major attractions are:
Cornwall Park the oasis at the heart of Auckland city
One Tree Hill; you can get the best panoramic view of Auckland from here
Stardome Observatory
10-15 minutes from Rainbows End Theme Park, Butterfly Creek and the Zoo, Ambury Farm and Wildlife Park; pastured animals, lava flows, and much more
10-15 minutes away from Auckland International Airport and the city centre by car
Easy and immediate access to all amenities such as cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, swimming pool, sport and recreation centres, bus and train station


  • We are a multi-cultural and diverse community and everyone is respected and accepted for who they are. This is reflected through our on-site marae "Te Haerenga" (The Journey).
  • Our first goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment to help you take your English skills to the next level, improve your confidence and gain a proper understanding of NZ culture. 
  • We provide homestay for you if you're coming to NZ alone. To learn more about staying with a homestay family, please click here.
  • Should you wish to live on your own, we can also help you find independent living accommodation; flatting, boarding.

What do we offer?

  • Grammar and communication classes to all levels;
  • 20-hour tuition per week (full-time)
  • Part-time courses

Students receive an NZQA-approved certificate upon the successful completion of their courses.

* Off-shore students are able to apply for a student visa through this programme.

English Language School Department Staff


Ms Maryam Taghavi

Director of International Students

Responsible for all areas of the English Language School.  Ms Taghavi is available to help you at any time during the school day.





1- What level of English should I enrol in?

You enrol in one mixed-level class. On your arrival, you will complete a placement test and once your level of proficiency is established, the teacher will plan a customised lesson based on your abilities and your needs.

2- How old should I be to enrol in English Language School?

We accept all students aged 16 and over.

3- What sorts of student support do I get?

We will make every endeavour to support you in all aspects; accommodation, language needs, tours and travels, doctors, finding friends, sports, learning about events, etc.  All you need to do is ask and we will assist.

4- How much does it cost to live and study in NZ?

You can find an overview of what you may need to buy in NZ and how much things may cost through this page.

5- How do I enrol?

Please fill in this form and email it to mtaghavi@ohs.school.nz.

6- When can I start?

You can start any time during the year. Our term times can be found here.

7- How many students are there per class?

The average is 10 students per class.

8- Do I need a student visa for this class?

It depends on which programme you apply for. You will need a student visa only if you apply for the full-time programme (20 hours per week) for the whole year. If you wish to study for a short time, you can study on a visitor visa for up to three months.

9- Can I work while I study at your school?

You may be able to work depending on the conditions of your student visa. You are not allowed to work with a visitor visa.

Useful links:

Onehunga area

Study Auckland

Auckland Library


Public transport

The doctors








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09 636 6006 extn 8027

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