Special Features


Whangamarino School is a full primary school situated at Okere Falls, Rotorua. The school is positioned on the side of a hill and commands a beautiful view of Lake Rotoiti.


•Roll currently = 174 - 98% Maori / 2% European
•Staffing for 2021 = 9 teachers, 1 Admin Staff, Cleaner, Caretaker/Groundsperson, 3 Bus Drivers,9  Teacher Aides.
• We are a Decile 2e School.
• We are rural, 15 mins from Rotorua township.
• Our school overlooks Lake Rotoiti.
Buildings consist of:
Top Block – 5 Classrooms, 1 Withdrawal Space & Toilets

Middle Block - 1 Classroom

Bottom Block - 2 Classrooms/Toilets/Kitchen - Fully Fenced & Gated Block

Administration Building - Office, Principal's Office, Staffroom – Teachers Work Space/Resource Room, Sick Bay-Disability Toilet/Shower/Ramp
Pataka - School Kitchen
Modern Learning Environment Furniture
Swimming Pool
Large Recreational Field
Rongoa & Vegetable Gardens
Kohanga Reo on site
We have an ‘open door’ policy and encourage you to visit and communicate with us at any time.
Matawhaura Cluster - Lake Rotoma School, Te Kura Kaupapa o Te Rotoiti, Whangamarino School
We have established a stronger connection between the schools that surround Lake Rotoiti and have been working collaboratively for the past 4 years. This has involved the 3 schools coming together for school sports and academic events. Staff development is also shared among all staff at these kura. It has been very successful and will continue to build our whanaungatanga among our tamariki well in to the future.
KidsCan School, Breakfast in Schools, Milk in Schools, KidsCan Nit Buster Programme, Fruit in Schools
We are grateful to be a KidsCan School, who provide us with warm jackets, warm trousers, shoes, hot food & packaged food and miscellaneous school equipment. We are also provided with weetbix and milk to feed tamariki who need breakfast, in the morning everyday and milk is provided to every class each day as well. Our school has the KidsCan Nit busters Programme where children's hair is checked once a week for nits by our Health Champion. This can only be a positive for the health of our students. We will be receiving Fruit everyday for our tamariki. Our tamariki benefit by coming to school well looked after and well equipped for being at school.
Kapa Haka & Te Reo Maori
We pride ourselves on the way we do Kapa Haka. We powhiri visitors and make them feel welcome. We learn, sing & haka about our iwi & ancestors. Our whole school participates in Kapa Haka. We have performed at cultural days/evenings in Rotorua and every year we perform at our school prizegiving. Teachers speak and instruct in Te Reo Maori in Auraki (Mainstream) 30-50% of the learning programmes everyday. Our Rumaki Unit is 100% instruction in Te Reo Maori.
Books In Homes
Duffy Books in Homes runs in our school and all children are given books throughout the year. Role models visit to share their talents and pass on the message that "It's cool to read". Our children love getting new books.
Unique Children
Happy, safe, motivated children! Our children love coming to school! We endeavour to model good behaviour and positive attitudes. Our children are healthy & fit. We encourage our children to play sport in the weekend. We participate in activities outside of Whangamarino. We have many visitors that come to our school.
Whangamarino Community

We enjoy a unique Ngati Pikiao identity which stems from years of being part of the local communities of Mourea, Otaramarae and Okere Falls.

Approximately 98% of the population is Maori.

Fishing and pig hunting (as well the tranquil peace) is special to the locals.

The village also features  several marae, church, wharf (great for swimming and fishing), Pikiao sports clubroom and a Kohanga Reo.

We are situated close to popular tourist attractions e.g. white water rafting, marae concerts and the local Okere Falls Store.
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