Mataroa School

‘Te kino kē hoki’ - ‘TO EXCEL’


‘Growing a community of lifelong learners within our classroom, our rural environment and in life.’

'Te tipu i te hapori o nga akonga ako-roa i roto i to taatau akomanga, to taiao me to tatou oranga.’

Mataroa School is a two teacher primary school (Year 1-8) located in a rural area 10 km North West of Taihape. Currently we have 34 pupils. Tiriraukawa Room, our senior class room has 11 pupils from Year 4-8. Koeke Room is our junior room and has 23 pupils from Year 1-3.

The school is located in a rural setting surrounded by farmland. On site we have an administration block, two teaching classrooms, a library, a hall/resource room and two additional learning spaces.

School Establishment

Mataroa School was established in 1900 and was opened in a disused surveyor's whare on the bank of the Hautapu River. 2 years later a new school at Mataroa was built on the present site, a building of 420sq.feet. With the subsequent closures of near by schools (Koeke, Ruanui, Rongoiti, Whaka Road and Tiriraukawa) over the years, Mataroa School grew in size, peaking in 1977 with 96 pupils. However, with the national trend of rural depopulation, numbers and teaching staff have declined over the years.


Week 5

  • 20/8 New Zealand Navy Band @ Mataroa Hall

Week 6

  • 30/8 Country 7's in Whanganui
  • 30/8 Daffodil Day

Week 7

  • 6/9 Whole school skiing at Turoa

Week 9

  • 20/9 Ohingaiti cross country (whole school)

Week 10

  • 26/9 Speech finals
  • 27/9 Tough Kids @ Ohingaiti (Years 3-8)



Friday 27th September - Last day of term

Monday 14th October - Start of Term 4

Friday 1st November - Targa Rally

Wednesday 18th December - End of school year

Mataroa School 2019