Whangamarino School

27th  May 2020

Kia ora e te Whanau

Alert level 2

More than 61% of the kura  are now back in class and we are expecting the majority of our students  back over the coming week.  I would like to thank and compliment all staff both teaching and support staff for the fantastic work they have done over the past week .  Our kura opened seamlessly last week and this is largely due to all the work occuring behind the scenes to ensure as children walked in the gate it would feel like the kura they know and love.

I would also like to thank you as parents / caregivers for the support and cooperation you have shown through level 2.  We have appreciated you ringing first and making appointments with Whaea Tesh in the office and teachers before coming in.   We have always been a great team and I think Covid 19 has made us  even more close and tight as a community.  

Nga mihi

Lorraine Northey




23th March 2020





Te Pepeha o Te Kura o Whangamarino

Nau Mai, Haere Mai 

Kia pono ki to mahi kia whai hua ai

Ko Matawhaura te Maunga

Ko Rotoiti te Moana

Ko Ngati Pikiao te Iwi

Ko Te Arawa te Waka

Tihei Mauri Ora

Principal's Welcome

Tena Koutou e te whanau,

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kura o Whangamarino.

Welcome. 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 offers an educational experience designed to inspire individual achievement, strong personal values and confidence for life.  

As a parent or whanau, your choice to send your son or daughter to Whangamarino is a choice that will create and shape their amazing future.  Whangamarino gives your child the opportunity to learn in either English or Maori (total immersion) in classes that have low numbers. We welcome all students passionate about learning Te Reo Maori regardless of their Te Reo Maori ability.  We embrace our  unique Ngati Pikiao identity which stems from years of being part of the local communities of Mourea, Otaramarae and Okere Falls. The staff are dedicated, committed and professional, work hard and have a passion for teaching. We have an ‘open door’ policy and we encourage you to communicate with us at any time.

This year we are fortunate to be part of the government's  Free Healthy Lunch Programme.  This means that every child in our kura will receive a free healthy lunch every day. A big mihi to the government for allowing our tamariki to take part in this exciting new venture. 

Our fundraising committee Te Roopu Manaaki is made up of amazing parents who work tirelessly throughout the year for our tamariki. This year they are providing all children with FREE STATIONERY, thank you Te Roopu Manaaki. 

If you want to know a little bit more about us, please visit us to find out exactly what a Whangamarino education can offer your son or daughter.

Lorraine Northey  (Principal)

M.Ed (Hons), Post Grad Dip in Special Ed. (Distinction), B.Ed. Dip Tchg. 



Term Dates 2020

Term One 

3rd February   – 9th April   

Term Two    

28 April - 3rd July

Term Three  

20th July - 25th September

Term Four

12th October - 11th December


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