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Huirangi School is a Decile 4 Primary School located on the outskirts of New Plymouth and neighbouring the town of Waitara. It was officially opened in 1872. As of June 2022, our roll was 105 children. Currently, 50% of the children come from rural areas and 50% from the urban area of Waitara. We pride ourselves on our rural character and rich bicultural history.
In 2022 we renamed our classrooms to reflect our place in Aotearoa. Our new names represent the life cycle of a plant and each class has its own whakatauki that links to the new name and the stage of the learning journey our tamariki are on. Our new names are:
  • He Puāwai: New Entrants. Whakatauki: “Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu ~ Although it is small, it is precious.”
  • Māhuri: Year 1 and 2. Whakatauki: “He māhuri tororangi ~ A sapling reaching for the heavens.”
  • Kōkihi: Year 2 and 3. Whakatauki: “He tiwai kōkihi whakamua ~ A humble vessel proceeding towards its destiny.”
  • Puawaitanga: Year 4 and 5. Whakatauki: “Te puāwaitanga, ngā hua o te kura ~ The fruits of our school are fully blossoming.”
  • He Kākano: Year 5 and 6. Whakatauki: “E kore au e ngaro he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea. ~ I shall never be lost for I am a seed fully nourished mentally and spiritually.”


We pride ourselves on our Transition to School Programme for our new families and their 5-year-olds. Read More…

Latest Notifications

REMINDER: Our School Picnic is TONIGHT!

Thu Feb 09 12:03pm

Bring along your whanau for a picnic dinner tonight from 5.30-7pm.

Our Home and School will be holding a sausage sizzle and icecream stand.

Bouncy Castle, Train Rides and the Pool will be open.

We look forward to seeing you all here!

Huirangi School Board Vacancy

Wed Feb 08 12:37pm

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Presiding member, Zara Ryan

Huirangi School Board

22 Bayley Street

RD 3

Huirangi, New Plymouth 4373

by: 7th March 2023

Huirangi School-Application to Enrol 2023

Wed Feb 08 12:35pm

Enrolment at Huirangi School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available at the school office or on our website. Students who live within our home zone have the right to enrol at any time.
Huirangi School Board of Trustees wishes to advise prospective parents and whānau that we are likely to have up to 8 out of zone places available. 5 spaces at New Entrant level beginning in Term 2, and 3 spaces in Year 2 to start during Term One 2023.
The exact number of out of zone places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
Applications are now being invited for those who will become, or are already, eligible for enrolment during this time. Application forms are available from our school office.
Applications for out of zone students must be received by the school before 1pm on Wednesday 15th February, 2023. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required, it will take place at 3pm on Friday 17th February 2023, and parents will be notified of the outcome that day.

Huirangi School BOT

Waitara Cricket

Tue Feb 07 05:30pm

the Waitara Cricket Club are looking for new players. 

Please register using this link.

Kids from year 2 – 6 are welcome, practice is Wednesdays games are Fridays. 

Home and School AGM tomorrow at 2pm. ALL WELCOME! We really need more members, so pop along and see if being part of this group is for you!

Tue Feb 07 02:27pm

Welcome back! Our first fortnightly newsletter for the term.is available to view in the newsletter tab on the app.

Tue Jan 31 05:55pm


Thu Jan 26 05:30pm

This Sunday at the Sunflower Meadow, Waitara Road. 10am-3pm. 🌻
This is a great way to raise money for our school, and to also enjoy the sunflowers and entertainment! 🌻
Please call or text Jo ASAP. 021402538
Thank you!

The pool is fully operational again!

Mon Jan 23 03:45pm

Pool Update

Mon Jan 23 09:15am

The pool pump has died. 

You can still swim, but be mindful that it will probably get dirty quickly.

A new pump is being arranged and will be installed asap.


Sat Dec 31 01:00pm

Please remember the pool is a SCHOOL POOL, and having the pool open over the summer is a privilege.

Due to the amount of dirty nappies and rubbish being left behind, we want you to TAKE YOUR RUBBISH WITH YOU please.

NO GLASS BOTTLES at the pool either.

Thanks for understanding. This is a pool for our community key holders, and we want to ensure everyone is safe and happy while using our facilities.

Ngā mihi,

Natalie Looney (Principal)

Due to Health and Safety the Pool is closed for the rest of the day!

Mon Dec 26 04:31pm

ALL Touch Tops due back TODAY by 3pm please!

Wed Dec 14 09:12am

Huirangi District Community Party – Friday 16th December – 6pm

Wed Dec 14 09:02am

Kids – Parents – Grandparents – Neighbours – Aunties – Uncles – EVERYONE welcome.

Friday 16 December at the Huirangi Hall from 6pm. Pot Luck tea. Santa arriving 7.30ish, please bring a clearly named small present.

Ring Brenda on 027 441 5935 for more details if required.

Final Assembly

Tue Dec 13 02:43pm

What a beautiful evening for our final assembly.

Remember you are all invited to BYO Picnic Dinner from 5pm. 

Our Assembly will start at 6pm sharp.

See you then!

Our final newsletter for 2022 is now available to view on the newsletter tab. Have a wonderful Christmas and summer break everyone.

Mon Dec 12 01:41pm

Calling in all Touch uniforms and Subs to be paid by Wednesday please.

Mon Dec 12 10:45am

He Kākano students, please bring a bag today to take all of your stationery home in. Thanks.

Mon Dec 12 06:56am

We have multiple covid cases at school at the moment. Please test if you are unwell. Thanks.

Sun Dec 11 02:08pm

Tea Towels

Fri Dec 09 09:23am

The Tea Towels have arrived and they look great!!

We have 8 spares at $15 per tea towel (or 2 for $20) if you missed out or want to order more.

Ngā mihi

Disco – This is held today during school hours 🙂

Fri Dec 09 08:36am

Free Furniture!

Thu Dec 08 02:46pm

We have:

1 Filing Cabinet

1 Whiteboard on wheels

1 curved bench seat (with rips in fabric)

2 U shaped tables

1 container of empty pain pots

Please come up to the top carpark to view and take away!

Touch Rugby

Thu Dec 08 09:49am

Only U6 and U8’s games will be played today, Thursday 8th.
Huirangi Hulks vs Mimi – 4pm – field 3C
Huirangi Hurricanes vs Waitara East Taniwha – 4pm – field 2B

All other games have been defaulted due to our Fancy Dress evening.

We have made the decision to default the rest of the season due to our final assembly and term 4 finish clashing with the make up dates.

We are calling in all uniforms to be washed and returned by the end of the week please so we can get them away for next year.

We still have a number of $10 subs unpaid. please send this in to the school office or pop it in to our bank account.

Ngā mihi


$5 summer reading offer

Wed Dec 07 09:35am

We still have 1 un named Duffy Book order here for 7 books. If this belongs to you please contact the school office.


Tue Dec 06 08:08pm

Kia ora all Puāwaitanga whānau.

A reminder that we are having our sports exchange with Te Piipiinga Kura Kaupapa tomorrow. You will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for this.

Please also remember to bring something for our shared kai. Notices regarding this was sent out last week. We want to be great hosts so please remember to contribute!

Ngā mihi 

We have just noticed road work at the Bayley Street turn off. Cars are banked up! Thanks for your patience this afternoon!!!

Tue Dec 06 02:51pm

Fancy Dress rehearsal at Knox Church in Waitara this morning 8:30am. The children will be bussed back to school when finished.

Tue Dec 06 08:00am

School Fancy Dress

Mon Dec 05 07:01pm

We will be having a practice for our fancy dress evening on Tuesday 6 Dec, 830-1030am at Knox Church. Please drop your child/ren off at the Knox Church on that morning (NOT AT SCHOOL). At 1030am after our practice, the children will be delivered to school by bus.

No Homework will be sent home for the rest of the school year. Please send all readers/library books back to school.

Mon Dec 05 10:24am

$5 Duffy Books

Mon Dec 05 10:22am

The Parent orders for the $5 summer reading books have arrived and are being sent home with the children today.

Please note: We have 2 unnamed orders. If you have ordered some of these great books and they haven’t come home, please contact the school office (before 1pm each day).

Touch Subs

Thu Dec 01 12:55pm

There are still a lot of Touch subs yet to be paid. $10 per player needs to be paid to the school before the end of term.

Huirangi School BOT A/C: 15-3945-0210342-00

Thank you

Buddy Gift Exchange Reminder

Thu Dec 01 10:32am

There are still lots of Buddy gifts to come in to the school office. They need to be in by next Wednesday please.

The exchange will take place on Tuesday 13th December at school. Gifts must be to a value of no more than $10 and wrapped in festive paper and named with the childs name and house (Tui, Kiwi or Pukeko) and brought to the school office by Wednesday 7th December at the latest please.


Staffing News

Wed Nov 30 09:01am

We have sad but happy news to share with you this morning.

At the end of the school year we will be saying farewell to Ms. Bernie Perkins who has secured a teaching position in the English department at New Plymouth Boys High School.

We wish Bernie all the very best. She will be missed!

Ms. Ana Southee will be replacing Ms. Perkins in He Kākano for the 2023 school year.

Touch Draw for this week: Thursday 1st December:

Tue Nov 29 12:10pm

U6 Hulks vs Tikorangi – 4pm, field 3B
U8 Hurricanes vs Tikorangi – 4pm, field 2B
U10 Hornets vs Urenui – 4.30pm, field 4
U12 Hawks – Bye
U12 Hammerheads vs Mimi – 5pm, field 2

In terms of what the remainder of the season will look like, please see the following dates:
Thursday December 8th – Junior Draw Week 5
Thursday December 15th – Junior Draw Week 6 (formerly Finals Day but now catch-up day)
Friday December 16th – Junior Finals Day

With the Junior Finals Day shifting to Friday December 16th, the Waitara Night Markets will also be operating that evening at the sports hub as well, so it would be a great way to finish the season off with an opportunity to head over to the markets for a kai with the whānau.

Kapa Haka Photos

Tue Nov 29 10:22am

Kapa Haka Photos

Here is the link to the individual photos taken by Mel Lane at Tatarakihi.

Please only share photos of your own children, and always ask permission from paretns before sharing photos of others.


Home & School meeting today, 2pm in the Staffroom. All welcome.

Tue Nov 29 08:53am

Week 7’s Newsletter is now on the Newsletter tab for your viewing. Kia pai tō rā

Mon Nov 28 01:04pm

The School Office will be unmanned from 12pm today. Have a nice weekend!

Fri Nov 25 09:24am

We have a few cases of COVID at school. Please keep your children at home and test them if they are unwell.

Fri Nov 25 09:20am

If you require masks or tests we have plenty available at school.


Thu Nov 24 02:45pm

School Calendar for the next couple of weeks.

Thu Nov 24 10:43am

It has come to our attention that we have mixed some dates/days a little in this extremely busy time of year, arohamai.

Tuesday 29th November – Home and School Meeting, 2pm at school.

Friday 2nd December – Yr 5 & 6 Tough Kid 2022, AMP Showgrounds Hawera.

Tuesday 6th December – Fancy Dress Dance Rehearsal, 9am sharp, Knox Church Waitara. (Children will need to be dropped off to Knox Church and they will be bused back to school after the rehearsal).

Wednesday 7th December – Year 6 Day Out

Thursday 8th December – Music students Concert – 11.30am at school; Fancy Dress Dance Evening – 6pm, Knox Church, Waitara.

Friday 9th December – Disco at school during the school day.

Monday 12th December – Reports sent home.

Tuesday 13th December – Buddy Gift Exchange at school. Final Assembly and Prizegiving, 5pm (BYO Picnic dinner. Assembly starts at 6pm)

Wednesday 14th December – Last full day of the school year.

Thursday 15th December – Last day of term 4, school closes at 12pm.


Thu Nov 24 09:24am

Kia ora whānau

Once again the weather is not looking ideal for touch and it’s likely to take a turn for the worse later this afternoon. As per usual we will post up on our facebook page by 2pm today in the event that touch will be cancelled.

Should touch not go ahead today, we will look to schedule in a day for possible catch up games – possible dates when this may be will be sent out to schools next week.

Thank you for your patience, we hope our tamariki get back on the field soon.

Ngā mihi nui

Kelly Moeahu
Waitara Whanui Sports & Art

Year 6 Students must be at school at 8.30am tomorrow for their Leavers Photo!

Wed Nov 23 02:37pm

Athletics cancelation

Wed Nov 23 09:26am

Tomorrows (Thursday 24th) Cluster Athletics at the TET Stadium in Inglewood has been cancelled. 

School Pool Keys

Tue Nov 22 12:55pm

Pool keys are now available for the season ending 17 March 2023 from the school office Monday to Friday before 1pm.

One key per household. $50 for the season.

A Pool useage contract needs to be read and signed before keys are issued and all key holders must live in school zone.

Buddy Gift Exchange Reminder

Mon Nov 21 10:44am

Please get those Buddy gifts in to the school office.

The exchange will take place on Tuesday 13th December at school. Gifts must be to a value of no more than $10 and wrapped in festive paper and named with the childs name and house (Tui, Kiwi or Pukeko) and brought to the school office by Wednesday 7th December at the latest please.

Please contact Ray in the school office if you require any further information.

All Junior Touch is cancelled tonight. The same draw will roll over next week.

Thu Nov 17 01:53pm

Touch Subs

Wed Nov 16 12:29pm

The subs for Touch this year are $10 per player.

Please send cash to the school office or pay online to our bank account 15-3945-0210342-000 using your child/ren’s name and ‘Touch’ as a reference. Thank you.

Duffy $5 Book orders

Mon Nov 14 01:03pm

We have had 2 book orders put in to the office with no name on them. I will put the orders through but will need to be contacted as to who the orders belong to when we receive the books.

Unnamed order for 3 books: Jingle Bells, Whats that Smell; Herobrine saves Christmas; Pokemon: Gym Battle Guidbook.

and unnamed order for 7 books: The Dinky Donkey; The little yellow digger saves christmas; The best loved bear; Tiddler; Herobrine saves Christmas; Moonlight the unicorn’s high tea hiccup; Mob fu master.

Contact Ray at the office to check if this is yours. 

This week’s newsletter is available to view on the newsletter tab on this app.

Mon Nov 14 12:08pm

Waitara Touch Draw this week: Thursday 17th Nov.

Mon Nov 14 10:38am

U6 Hulks vs Tikorangi – 4pm, field 3B
U8 Hurricanes vs Tikorangi – 4pm, field 2B
U10 Hornets vs Urenui – 4.30pm, field 4
U12 Hawks – Bye
U12 Hammerheads vs Mimi – 5pm, field 2


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