What to expect

During the school term, we work with up to 60 students in a morning session and an afternoon session, Wednesday only.

→ Preschool sessions run for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
→ School sessions run for 2 hours.

→ Programme for preschool
9.20 - 9.30 Arrival at the gates
9.30 Programme begins
11.00 Programme ends|

→ Programme for school
Morning session
9.20 - 9.30 Arrival at the gates
9.30 Programme begins
11.30 Programme ends

Afternoon session
12.20 - 12.30 Arrival at the gates
12.30 Programme begins
2.30 Programme ends

Click here to view the schools programme. 

Powhiri protocols

On booking, you will receive a copy of the powhiri protocols. 


On arrival the bus will be required to double park in front of white gates to allow student to depart the bus. The bus will then be required to move to either the bottom of Uxbridge Road or Howick Beach where there is ample space to turn.

Parent helpers who come by car may park on Uxbridge Road or in the public carpark near the township. Please be aware there are time limits on the parking closer to the township.


O Wairoa Marae is located on the grounds of Emilia Maud Nixon’s Garden of Memories. The grounds are public and open at all times. From the white gates (waharoa), a wide flat driveway leads to the wharenui.

Access to the wharenui is by stairs at the front or a ramp at the side. There is a bottom level, with a kitchenette and an accessible toilet, that can be reached by outdoor stairs or an internal lift.

Te Whare Taonga is only accessible by stairs and has a narrow doorway.

The ngāhere (bush) is accessed via two paths with a wooden boardwalk with no handrails.

Food and beverages

As part of our tikanga, O Wairoa Marae will provide:
→ Children: water, fruit, biscuits/crackers.
→ Adults: coffee, tea, water, fruit, biscuits/crackers and cake.

Health and safety

O Wairoa Marae aims to provide a safe environment for students, minimising and managing risks by having guidelines in place. Our educator possesses the core competencies required for ELC providers. 

The safety of ELC participants is a shared responsibility between participants and providers of ELC. It is Te Tuhi’s responsibility to provide competent staff, the required health and safety equipment and a general Risk Analysis Management System (RAMS). 

O Wairoa Marae has a health and safety policy, and our educator is trained in first aid. O Wairoa Marae’s health and safety policies are available on request. We maintain an Accident Register which is to be completed for all incidents regardless of severity. 

All teachers are required to bring a current register when visiting, and it is the responsibility of the teacher to have this accessible at all times. 

O Wairoa Marae is responsible for the safe compliance of the building and fixtures and how students interact within the facilities. However, all schools and teachers from the visiting school hold the overall responsibility for the safety for all children within their group. 

It is the responsibility of students to adhere to institution and school health and safety guidelines. 

Staffing and supervision

Please carry lists of children and young people at all times. Ensure the supervising adults are fully briefed as to their responsibilities. We require the below ratios of adults to children and young people. Children and young people must remain in groups with their accompanying adults at all times.

ECE’s & playcentres                        1:4
Years 1-4                                            1:6
Years 5-7                                            1:7
Years 8-10                                         1:10
Years 11-13                                        1:25

Covid-19 protection framework

At O Wairoa Marae we want to keep everyone safe and make sure you feel safe too.

We are a mask-friendly space that seeks to protect the wellbeing of our visitors by taking appropriate measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

We ask that you remain conscious of others by adhering to healthy habits such as washing and sanitising your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and staying home if you are unwell.