This is The Detail‘s Long Read – one in-depth story read by us every weekend.

This week, it’s The School Away From School written by Bill Morris and published in New Zealand Geographic’s January/February 2023 issue.

You can find the entire article, with photos from Lottie Hedley, on the New Zealand Geographic website.

One hundred years since its inception, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu/the Correspondence School has broadened its scope to become a safety net: a place for kids who are bullied, anxious, or profoundly out of step with the mainstream system. Many of them struggle at Te Kura, too—but for others, there’s something magic about this school that strives to meet them where they are.


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