Our Connections

Avanti Finance

Avanti Finance are our Duffy Books in Schools Sponsor and have been so for a number of years.

Tupu Youth Library

Tupu Youth Library is one of the 55 community branches in the @AucklandLibriaries family and are the only youth library in NZ.

Te Puke ŌTara Community Centre

Te Puke Ōtara Hall holds events and functions, contains some of the local history of Otara community

Dawson Road Shopping Centre

The shopping centre contains a range of buisness such as dairies, laundromats, supervalue, doctors, a post shop and much more

Duffy Books in Homes

We are a Duffy School - They aim to inspire a love of books in Duffy children so they become adults who inspire a love of reading.

Tzu Chi

The Tzu Chi Charity Foundation provide provide support, such as supplies and direct financial assistant, to people in need. Each year they provide scholarships for Dawson students.


Safe Kids in Daily Supervision (sKids) is an after school and holiday care programme catering for kids from 5-13yrs

Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre

Ōtara Pool and Leisure Centre is where the students attend their swimming lessons. They helps people get active in a fun and supportive environment — whether that’s in the gym, going for a swim, joining a group fitness class or getting amongst our social sports leagues.

Ngāti Tamaoho Trust

Our school is situated within the tribal rohe of Ngāti Tamaoho

Ōtara Markets

Ōtara Flea Market (OFM) was established in 1976 and has been an integral part of Ōtara.

IDEA Services

Located next to Dawson Primary. IDEA services supports people with intellectual disabilities and their families/whānau to enjoy great lives as part of their communities.

Tū Manawa

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoaha has provided funding to Dawson for transport to tournamnets, table tennis tables, bike maintenance stations & play / loose parts equipment.

Ōtara Kai Collective

A local community and food initiative

Local Doctors

Our local doctors located at the Dawson Rd Shopping Centre

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple

The Fo Guang Shan temple is a large temple and community centre. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country.


Our local supermarket

Fresh Gallery Ōtara

A unique art space for contemporary Pacific art that has a schedule of monthly exhibitions

Ngāti Ōtara Park

Multisports centre, rugby grounds, laundromat, community classes & home of the Ōtara Scorpions

Ōtara Music Arts Centre

Ōtara Music Arts Centre (OMAC) is one of only two local government funded community centres that boasts a recording studio.

Ōtara Creek Pedestrian Bridge & Walkway

The entrance to the Ōtara Creek Reserve and the meaning behind it


NZCT is a gaming trust that provides funds to communities. They provided donations for our bike track and our new senior playground.

Trillian Trust

Trillian Trust Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that is proud to distribute grants to local community groups. They have provided funding to Dawson for the replacement of our school playground

Bike on NZ Trust

Bike on NZ Trust provide regular and equal access to bikes and bike tracks within the school environment for all New Zealand school children. They provided money towards the development of our school bike track.

Te Poari a Rohe o Ōtara-Papatoetoe

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board

The local board provided funding towards our school bike track.

Auckland Airport Community Trust

The Trust supports communities in noise-affected areas around Auckland Airport. They provided money towards our school bike track.