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Welcome to

Maihiihi School

Nau Mai Haere Mai ki te kura o Maihiihi

Maihiihi School is a full primary school for Years 0 to 8, located 21 kilometres east of Otorohanga.

Maihiihi School has a current role of approximately 75 amazing students, a terrific teaching staff of four, 2 top teacher aides, our office admin extraordinaire and our Principal.

Our Mission Statement:

Maihiihi School will teach and encourage young people to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

Nothing Great is Easily Won

Kāore te mea nui e māma te whiwhi


Principal’s Welcome

"Ko Maihiihi, Ko Au - Ko Au, Ko Maihiihi
Maihiihi is Me - I am Maihiihi"

We welcome you and your family to Maihiihi, to share our school’s vision for teaching and learning.  Our holistic philosophy supports our student’s full range of needs. A major part of educating for the future requires us to equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to develop into lifelong learners.  We place considerable significance on our Maihiihi LEARN-er Values: 

L = Lead/Live, E = Excellence, A = Attitude, R = Respect & Resilience, N = Nothing Great is Easily Won

Learners need to feel secure, safe and supported before they take on learning risks. The positive relationships between our staff and our students is a feature of Maihiihi School.  Our talented and dedicated staff are passionate about education and the positive effects that we can have on children’s lives. At Maihiihi our teachers are our most important resource, we ensure they remain fresh and in tune with ‘best practice’ teaching methods through ongoing professional development.

Our school is built around our students becoming the 'Maihiihi LEARNer' who is a communicator, researcher, thinker, risk taker, team player, self manager and is learning across the curriculum as an individual. There are 3 important groups of people involved in the school;  the students who are at the centre of everything that we do, the staff who implement the teaching and learning programs with a high expectation for our students and the whanau and community who help build the partnership and positive feeling for the students with their involvement and interest. All of these things come together to help build success for our students in their learning.

The teaching and learning does not begin and end at the school gate. It is a partnership that we are all involved in and need to work together on. All our students are individuals who have different learning styles and speeds. We aim to cater for the individuality of our learners to help them reach their full potential.

We have a passion for learning and believe it can be fun, and should impart a sense of ownership and success. Our challenge is to ensure our students retain their motivation to ask questions, and to give them an educational foundation that empowers them to make sense of their world and control their destiny.  We foster life skills, including the key competencies, so our learners can move on to secondary education with a strong degree of independence and self discipline.

I look forward to meeting you and your family, and introducing you to Maihiihi School in person.

 Vanessa Hinerangi Koroa

 Principal, Maihiihi Primary School

"Nothing Great is Easily Won - "Kaore te mea nui e maamaa te whiwhi"


Maihiihi School Strategic Aim 4 

Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships that support and enhance learning together. 


Our board, staff, and tamariki will embrace our new values system. This will become a living breathing aspect of Maihiihi School life.


A lot of work went into the development of our ‘Maihiihi Learner’ and the values and virtues that aligned with it. We did not want to undo this work from the previous board but continue to develop the idea until we formed a child friendly version that our tamariki could remember and openly discuss.

After much discussion, at the end of 2019, our acronym that encompassed all our important values was created. Our Maihiihi ‘LEARN’-er was born.

The “Maihiihi LEARNer”:                                

Lead / Live 



Respect & Resilience

"Nothing Great is Easily won"

We have aligned our new “Learn to Read- Read to Learn” programme to our values system and give our tamariki a chance to receive books as a reward when showing the values of a Maihiihi Learner. 

Maihiihi School Value Tokens

We have 5 coloured tokens to reinforce and reward displays of each of our values and 2 coloured tokens to reward Kindness (Pink) and Principal Awards recipients (Gold).  Once a student receives a token they put them into their house token boxes and this is used to promote whanaungatanga within house groups and healthy competitions between house groups.

What's happening at Maihiihi School?

Upcoming Events in October

Mon 16

Ag Day

16 Oct 2023

Fri 20

Group Day

20 Oct 2023

Fri 27

Waikato Show

27 Oct 2023

Latest Notices

COPS Cross Country Food Stall tomorrow - Waitomo
15 Aug 2023

COPS Cross Country Food Stall for those children heading off to compete tomorrow


COPS Cross Country Transport
15 Aug 2023


A HUGE thank you to the parents that are able to take transport tomorrow for the COPS Cross Country, especially at this busy time of the year. We have about 5 students that require transport tomorrow. If you are able to help, can you please let us know asap.

Thank you,

Katie Robinson

Cross Country Trophies
11 Aug 2023

Well done to all our kids who competed in X-Country today!!!! Can we ask for all Cross Country trophy cups to be returned to school please. Thanks

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