Whangamarino School has a proud, rich, Ngāti Pikiao heritage. We enjoy this unique Ngāti Pikiao identity which stems from years of being part of the local communities of Mourea, Otaramarae and Okere Falls. We are now a Designated Special Character Kura under Section 200 (1) (a) of the Education Training Act (2020). We ensure that the tamariki of Ngāti Pikiao are given the opportunity to be educated in the context of their culture and heritage. The special character status ensures future successful participation of Ngāti Pikiao and all Māori students in their own community, the wider Māori community and in the wide world.
Whangamarino School is a dynamic, inspiring, dual medium Year 1-8 kura which offers both mainstream (Auraki) and Te Reo Māori full immersion education (Rumaki) for all year groups.
The school culture nurtures and values the unique position of Māori in New Zealand society.
At Whangamarino School, we have a team of innovative, hardworking, passionate and caring kaiako 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.