About Us

About Us


The school was established in 1873 and many of our families have attended this school across multiple generations. Our school has a unique

history which continues even today to form the heritage we are so proud of.

Prior to the establishment of the Bay of Islands College, this school served as a District High School. The School has a catchment area from

Pakaru Road to Moerewa, from Opua to Karetu. The Whangae area has strong connections with the school dating back to the Nineteenth

Century. As a consequence many pupils travel to and from school by bus.

The school emblem resembles a Kawakawa leaf. Within the leaf are four kowhaiwhai that meet at a central kowhaiwhai. This signifies the four

rivers that flow into the Kawakawa River. They are the Waiomio, Tirohanga, Taumarere and Ngapipito rivers.

Kawakawa Primary School draws its students from these four areas and they are the names of the school houses. 

Despite a wide variation in home backgrounds and domestic circumstances our students are open, friendly and courteous.


Kawakawa Primary School is a state owned full primary school classified U4. The school population is 92% of Maori origin and we are proud to

say we cater for both mainstream & bilingual learning pathways from Year 0 – 8.

We are extremely proud of our teaching and support staff who are committed to quality teaching and operational practices and are integral to

the long term success of our students and school.

The school is staffed with a Principal and Deputy Principal along with 8 other teaching staff. Support staff consists of teacher aides, office staff

and a caretaker. All teaching staff participate in school-wide professional development, both externally and through weekly staff meeting and

are appraised through the school appraisal system.

Year 7 and 8 students undertake a Technology Programme which involves them attending Hukerenui  School once a week in term 3 and 4. This

generally involves learning programs in Food Technology, soft and hard materials.

The school has working relationships with many outside agencies. These include Public Health Nurse, Sport Northland, NZSTA, Police, Iwi, Hauora

Whanui (Dental) etc.

The school operates and open-door policy and although parents are provided with two written reports a year they are encouraged to be

involved in all aspects of their child’s schooling.

The school is involved in community activities throughout the year and is very appreciative of the support we receive from the local business