The hostel building and school building, constructed in 1909, have great representative significance as it is part of over 150 years of Māori education on the current site of the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board offices, Turoa Kohanga Reo and the Te Wānanga o Raukawa campus.
The two buildings were built by the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board from an educational endowment set up in 1848 by local Māori who gifted the land and who worked in partnership with Governor Sir George Grey and Anglican Bishop, George Selwyn.
In 1852-53 a Māori college and boarding hostel was set up by the Church Missionary Society on this site in close association with the Anglican Māori church, Rangiatea (the original of which was built 1851, destroyed by fire in 1995). Although the hostel was closed in 1868 the school continued as a day school.
In 1903 the original hostel and school were burned down. In 1907 the administration of the endowment was taken from the Church Missionary Society and given to the newly formed Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board. The Ōtaki and Porirua Empowering Act 1907 enabled the Trust to build a new hostel and classrooms.
The plans for the new facilities were drawn up by architect Ernest Coleridge and the buildings were built by James Craig. The new facilities were opened by the Governor General Lord Plunket on 4 October 1909. When built, the school building was described as having accommodation for 100 students in two large classrooms and an assembly hall. The school operated for a further 30 years before it was closed in 1939.
The old school building situated on Te Rauparaha Street, Ōtaki is currently leased to Turoa Kohanga Reo. The hostel building, housing the Board offices and Boardroom is part of a shared arrangement as part of the Boards lease to Te Wānanga o Raukawa.