Hukerenui School, established in 1889, is situated 30 km north of Whangarei. We are a state school catering for children from Years 0 to 8. The roll is approximately 160 students through eight classrooms.
The school is situated on 4.5 ha of land – this includes eight classrooms, a library, administration block, hall, and a Specialist Technology Centre with six schools attending from the surrounding area.
Outdoor features include turf sport courts, a swimming pool which is available at a small cost over summer aswell as private swimming lessons, two adventure playgrounds, swings, natural playgrounds which includes water play and natural rock, sandpit, pupil’s garden, lavender patch, alpaca paddock, bee hives, maize trial, orchard, native bush area and shade trees. The school also has a Playcentre on site which operates three days week.
The area is predominately rural with many families involved in dairy farming. While agriculture is still significant to the community there has been an increase in smaller life style blocks. The school has links to both the Whakapara and Akerama Marae. Clubs are available for school aged children; these include chess club, swimming lessons after school, rugby (Mid Northern), Keas and Scouts, Mid Northern Hockey and a strong Hukerenui School Netball club.
The majority of students are brought to school by bus from a 20km radius from the school. Areas covered include Towai, Tāpuhi, Waiotu, Whakapara, Puhiphui and Riponui.
Ties are kept with surrounding schools for sporting and cultural visits, providing the students with many opportunities to meet wider school communities.
The school philosophy is reflected in our mission statement and emphasises our open door policy for the community to be involved in the teaching of the students at Hukerenui School.