'Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei'

Seek the Treasure that you Value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain ...



He iti marangai, tū ana te pāhukahuka. He iti Pioke nō Rangaunu, he au tōna! 

Nau Mai, Tauti Mai ki te Kura ō Waihārara
Welcome to Waihārara School


Waihārara School is small rural decile 1 kura catering for students from years 1 to 8, 15 minutes from the townships of Awanui and Pukenui and 20 minutes north of Kaitaia.  

Free transport is available within our transport zone on the school bus or school van.

At the beginning of the Aupouri Peninsula, State Highway 1 runs along the eastern boundary of the school. To the west is Aupouri Forest, and beyond that Ninety Mile Beach. Lake Waiparera, is immediately to the south west.  To the east is the beautiful Rangaunu Harbour and the seaside settlement of Kaimaumau, home to many of our students.

Current students identify as Māori with whakapapa to the local iwi, Ngāi Takoto and some are the mokopuna of past students. Tikanga me Te Reo Māori is provided daily in a natural way.

Our community is diverse and involved in farming, fishing, working in the orchards or in professions working in Kaitaia. Our school’s history includes a strong connection to early Dalmatian immigrant families who settled in the area at the time of the kauri gum diggers.

We are fortunate to have a strong supportive community made up of parents, wider whānau, local businesses, past whānau and students from the community who support our kura and fundraising efforts. 



The richness of our people, place and environment is celebrated and explored through an innovative, local curriculum. We provide quality educational experiences with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Technology is integrated into the the daily programme and students have access to iPads and chromebooks to enhance their learning and inquiry. The arts are also a major focus in the curriculum. Music, dance, drama, kapa haka and art promote student engagement and learning at a deeper and more creative level, resulting in a positive climate of student engagement.

We provide exceptional learning opportunities that are further enhanced by our small classes and strong staff student relationships. We are fortunate to have experienced, committed teachers and support staff, who develop warm, respectful, relationships with our students.

Ngā Uaratanga

Rangatiratanga, Kaitiakitanga, Ako

Our values ground our behaviour and guide our thinking. 

Principal's Welcome
Dobro došli – Nau Mai Haere Mai

He marangai, tū ana te pāhukahuka, he iti Pioke, nō Rangaunu, he au tōna! 

We stand strong in our identity, embrace learning opportunities and are Kaitiaki of our Taiao.


He mihi nui kia koutou i runga i ngā āhuatanga maha o te wā,

The School Board, staff, students and I warmly welcome you to our Waihārara School website and hope that you will learn a little bit about our little kura that has big ideas.

We are an Enviroschool and work tirelessly towards empowering our students to develop a sustainable mindset, to reduce our footprint and feed our whānau. 


We teach our tamariki to show Rangatiratanga, Kaitiakitanga and Ako. To be respectful and caring, to be thoughtful and considerate and to be resilient and determined. Everyday they will learn something new, make great memories and develop a sense of pride and accomplishment. 


We are excited about the year ahead and will make learning meaningful for our tamariki. We will provide whānau with the support needed to help their child reach their fullest potential and grow into a newer and better version of themselves. 


We strive to provide a Te Ao Māori pathway underpinned by our core values as captured in our Student Graduate Profile, Te Ara Taumata. 


At Waihārara, Māori enjoying education success as Māori means having an education system that provides all Māori students with the opportunity to realise their own unique potential and succeed in their lives as Māori.


To do this it is important we work together to support and inspire your child to be the best they can be and enjoy their learning journey throughout their time at Waihārara.

We are here for our whānau and tamariki and because of whānau and their tamariki.

Ngā mihi  |  Davene Clarke | Tumuaki |  Principal 

'He iti marangai, tū ana te pāhukahuka. He iti Pioke nō Rangaunu, he au tōna! '

Small although the Pioke (dogfish shark) may be, great is its wake, as it traverses the might of the Rangaunu harbour.

"The characteristics of our Waihārara tamariki, who attend our kura and those who reside on the shores of the Rangaunu Harbour are likened to those of the Pioke


Nā te āheitanga, ko te taea
Nā te taea, ko te whakatutukitanga
Nā te whakatutukitanga, ko te huarahi

Ability is what we are capable of doing
Motivation determines what we do
Attitude determines how well we do it