Special Programmes

To support and enhance learning at Arohanui, we have a number of 'special' programmes that selected students take part it.

Taonga Iti and Taonga Nui

Our Maori and Pacific Island students are involved in two cultural groups, Taonga Nui and Iti (the senior and junior groups). They meet regularly at Hobsonville and Base School to practise dance, movement and singing and represent the school at powhiri and cultural festivals in West Auckland, as well as other special occasions at the school.

If you have a child in the group and wish to attend a practice, please let your class teacher know. You are very welcome to come along.

If you would like to know more about the activities of the groups, you can email Juanita Corbett, the coordinator, on juanita@arohanui.school.nz


Arohanui is an Enviro-School. We have achieved SILVER status and are working towards Gold status. There are many environmental initiatives across the school, with some satellite classes having small gardens where they grow vegetables or flowers. The mini-enterprise group are making paper bricks out of old newspaper, for burning in wood burners. The horticulture group grow vegetables and fruit which is then used at school, or is taken home. A small group has started to work in the community garden in Buscombe Ave.

Environmental work is carried out by selected senior students for Twin Streams and Friends of the Whau. Last year Arohanui received a volunteers' award from Friends of the Whau.

At Base school food scraps go to the worm farm, which provides fertiliser for the garden. New compost bins are being built by students, thus reducing the amount of waste sent to the rubbish tip.