Mairehau High School

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Mairehau High School
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Mairehau High School
Hills Road

Coordinates 43°29′38″S172°38′55″E / 43.4939°S 172.6486°E / -43.4939; 172.6486 Coordinates: 43°29′38″S172°38′55″E / 43.4939°S 172.6486°E / -43.4939; 172.6486
Type State co-educational secondary
Motto Māori: Mairetia i te matauranga
(Be fragrant with wisdom)
Established1 February 1961;60 years ago (1961-02-01)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 320
PrincipalHarry Romana
Years offered9–13
School roll381 [1] (March 2021)
Socio-economic decile4K [2]

Mairehau High School is a state co-educational secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. The school takes its name from the suburb Mairehau having been adopted in 1916 as a compliment to Mrs Mairehau Hutton whose father, Arthur Gravenor Rhodes, owned considerable property in the area and was a notable benefactor to the district. [3]


The school is located at the northeast end of the suburb, near to Shirley, thus forming a coeducation alternative to Shirley Boys' High School, and Avonside Girls' High School. Mairehau High School opened on 1 February 1961, having been constructed on the advice of the Department of Statistics.

Waka groups

Mairehau uses waka groups in place of school houses.

The names and colours of the Mairehau waka groups are:

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  1. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  2. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. "MAIREHAU – Rose Mairehau Hutton (1894 – 1991)". Discover The Delights Of Peeling Back History. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2021.

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