Our school Environment

Maraeroa School is co-educational primary school situated in the Porirua East community. 

Maraeroa School has a focus on raising achievement through supporting our students to apply their voice, agency and identity to learning. Our students’ success is supported by ongoing partnerships between the school and the wider Maraeroa community. We believe in weaving the values of our people (students, whanau, and community) into our learning. 

We are  very close to Toru Fetu and Maraeroa Kindergartens, who we work together with when students are soon to start school! We are also close to Brandon Intermediate, where most of our children go after leaving us at the end of year six. 

Location: 47 Driver Crescent, Cannons Creek, Porirua 5024.

Telephone: 04 237 6707

Skool loop is a mobile app that sends all the latest notices and newsletters to your phone. It’s a free app. When you download it look for Maraeroa School. 


At Maraeroa School  we are developing inquiry communities to inform our teaching and learning.

Follow these links to see more about our curriculum and our learning in the junior (Nga Kakano and Nga Mahuri), and the senior school (Nga Puawai).

Enrol at Maraeroa

We would love for you to enrol your child at our school! Follow this link for more information on how to enrol a student at Maraeroa School.


A Word

From Our Principal

Welcome to Maraeroa School 

Built in the mid 1960’s it has been the school of choice for many of our families in the Driver Cresent loop.  Many of our whanau are ex students keen to continue the ties they have with our school. 

Maraeroa School was built on a plot of land that was formerly the home of a local Maori chief and his wife, Te Awhinanui.  Te Awhinanui opened her home to care for many of the local people providing a place to be healed and a place to be well looked after.
At Maraeroa School we pride ourselves on continuing this tradition through nurturing and growing our students to be our future leaders and contributors to our community.
We are a year 1 to 6 state primary school that has strong ties with both Toru Fetu and Maraeroa Kindergartens.  We also have built valued relationships with Brandon Intermediate and Porirua College. Being a member of the Porirua East Kahui Ako we are working collaboratively with teachers and leaders across the Porirua East community , our vision  for our kahui ako  is
VAI – Voice Agency and Identity.
We are proud of who we are and what we can do and be.  
 Our school values of being a CREEK kid/parent/staff member 
Curiosity, Reciprocity, Energy, Excellence, Kotahitanga
are woven through all that we wish, hope and do.
 Come and see us – our doors are always open and our students are always proud to show off their learning and their place!

– Kathleen O’Hare

Our Staff

Leadership team
Principal – Kathleen O’Hare
Deputy Principals – Susan Arthur and Leka Farquhar

Nga Kakano
Kowhai – Diane Grant and Cherie Cheung
Harakeke – Claire Stenhouse
Teacher Aide – Ngaere Wood

Nga Mahuri
Rata – Jess Woods
Rimu – Dot Payne and Amelia Kirton
Teacher Aides – Turou Nootai, Lisa Lukitau and Sylvie Gaualofa

Nga Puawai
Nikau- Nicola Elliott
Kauri – Leka Farquhar and Susan Arthur
Kahikatea – Samantha Norris
Teacher Aides – Merl Lambert,  Martha Silva, Antz Akavi, Berna Lukitau and Michelle Tava’e

Learning Support
ESOL – Diane Grant
SENCO – Leka Farquhar
Literacy – Lisa Lukitau

Office Manager – Zofia Heath
Office Support – Michelle Tava’e
Caretaker – Chris Meredith
Cleaners – Martha Silva and Tua Poko



Our Upcoming Events & Activities



Fundraiser Quiz Night 

Support the Future Ferns netball teams in their quiz night fundraiser. 

Event Info

5:00-8:00pm in the Maraeroa School hall 

$50 per team (5-10 people)




Maraeroa’s Got Talent Audition 

Auditions for the Maraeroa’s Got Talent competition. 

Event Info


Maraeroa School hall 

Top 10 acts will go through to the competition. 




Whole School Powhiri 

Welcoming our new staff and students. 

Event Info

9:00am in the Maraeroa School hall



Emergency Procedures Information Evening 

What are the processes for parents when there is an emergency event during school time? 

Event Info

5:30pm in the Maraeroa School hall 



Maraeroa’s Got Talent 

Our special competition with guest judges, prizes, and kai. 

Event Info

5:00pm-7:00pm in the Maraeroa School Hall



Whole School Visit to Brandon Intermediate 

We have kindly been invited to a day of activities at Brandon Intermediate School. 

Event Info


Our School

Along with our in class learning we provide a range of extra-curricular clubs and acitvities for students. 

Cannons Creek Art

Jack and Zac are designing and developing a mural in Cannons Creek. They visited to gather our views on what’s important for Cannons Creek.


Students in Nikau showing kotahitanga by caring for our environment to support our whole school. Tu meke!

Bush Sprouts

The students in Nga Kakano have been learning in nature and developing their curiosity.

Kahikatea Learners

Kahikatea students are discovering the value of reciprocity and sharing our expertise with each other.

Chess Club

Chess club is well underway. Here’s two of our students playing an intense game of checkers!

School Lunches
Subway is available to be ordered on Wednesday and Fridays at the office. Prices are $6.50, $7.50 and $10.50.
Breakfast Club

8:15-8:45 Monday to Friday
Open to all our students and whanau. Come along and have some kai, a hot drink, and read a book in our reading space!

Thank you to our volunteers
Tiata, Martha, Lisa and Berna, Ruth, and Ngaere

Lunchtime Clubs

Monday: Kapa Haka
Tuesday: Chess Club and Table Tennis Club
Wednesday: Petanque
Thursday: Senior Code Club
Friday: Sketching Club

Cultural Groups

All of our students are participating in four weekly rotations on a Friday afternoon. The groups include: Niue, Tokelau, Samoan, Kapa Haka, Cook Island, and Eurosinging. The groups are taken by our fantastic school whanau and teacher aids, and have a mixture of students from across the school. 


We are developing a classroom where students can explore, build, create, and play. There are a range of resources available here to support our students’ inquiry learning. 



Our News & Announcements

Important and exciting Facebook updates for our whanau.


21.11.2019. Christmas at the Creek. ...

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Kia ora whanau, due to a tangi in Driver Cres tomorrow, we encourage parents to collect their children at either the Justine Street walkway or D'urville Street walkway at the end of school.
We are aware there may be a lot vehicles and congestion in Driver Cres.

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Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 47 Driver Cres, Cannons Creek, Porirua

Telephone: 04-237 6707

Email: office@maraeroa.school.nz

School Hours: M-F: 8.55am-3pm

Office Hours: M-F 8am-4pm