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Kia Ora
Welcome to Whangamarino School


Kia Ora
Welcome to Whangamarino School

Principals Welcome

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Whangamarino School is a dynamic, inspiring, dual medium Year 1-8 school set in the heart of Okere Falls, looking over beautiful Lake Rotoiti. Whangamarino School offers an educational experience designed to inspire individual achievement, strong personal values and confidence for life.

Whangamarino School has a proud, rich Ngati Pikiao heritage. We enjoy this unique Ngati Pikiao identity which stems from years of being part of the local communities of Mourea, Otaramarae and Okere Falls.

We offer a unique opportunity for all parents/caregivers/whānau to enrol their child in either Auraki (English) or Rumaki (Immersion Māori) at Whangamarino School.

We have six Rumaki classes (Immersion Māori) and 3 Auraki classes (English). At Whangamarino School, we have a team of innovative, hardworking, passionate and caring teachers and support staff. We work extremely hard as a team to ensure that we provide the most culturally and academically rich, learning experiences for all of our tamariki.

We pride ourselves on knowing each of our tamariki and his/her whānau, providing excellent pastoral care. We are a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) kura. Our tamariki are expected to be respectful, responsible and inclusive when interacting with their peers, kaiako and community.

As a parent or whānau, your choice to send your son or daughter to Whangamarino is a choice that will create and shape their amazing future.
Whangamarino School has an inclusive philosophy and a staff that supports the individual needs of all students.

Our school’s mission statement exemplifies our commitment to ensuring every student and whānau feel valued and included. Our school’s vision and values underpin our school culture and all our learning and teaching programmes.

Ngā mihi nui
Lorraine Northey
M.Ed (Hons), PGD Sp Ed. (Dist), B.Ed. Dip Tchg

Our Vision is

‘To develop young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners, who know their cultural identity’


History of Whangamarino School

Ngati Pikiao have always valued education and sought a more formal system towards the end of the New Zealand wars in 1863. Whangamarino School opened for the first time on 13th September 1926 with 47 students under teacher Mr W. England. By 1937 the roll had risen to over 100.

Akoranga - Learning

To develop students’ knowledge of Ngāti Pikiaotanga Marautanga and strengthen relationships and connections with Whānau, Hapu and Iwi.  Whangamarino School  is committed to nurturing student’s knowledge of who they are, where they have come from, and affirm our connections to whanau, hapu and iwi.


Aroha is about treating each other with aroha, care about each other, always use kind words, work with others and make sure they are alright and put others before myself.


Be kind to others and treat others the way you want to be treated.


We work together as a whanau. We eat together and share our kai with kids who have no kai.
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