Hāwera Primary was established in 1875 on a South Road approximately 4 ha site. It caters for students within the town and from the surrounding farming districts.

Hāwera Primary is a contributing school which caters for Years 1-6 children. Students come from a diverse range of  backgrounds. The school role ranges from 180-240 at its peak. Approximately 45% identify as Maori, 41% as NZ European and 14% other ethnicities. 

The school is set in spacious park-like grounds. Features include a two pool swimming complex, an extensive bike track built in 2017, substantial green spaces, a large playground, confidence course, three sports fields, three courts, a sandpit, a courtyard and picnic areas. There are ongoing plans to continue developing the back area of the this space!

School buildings consist of one block of junior classrooms, two pods (which can accommodate senior classes) and several stand alone buildings and prefabs including a recently refurbished hall and admin block. In 2017 the original senior block was demolished (due to weather tightness issues). In 2018 it was replaced by two state of the art innovative learning environments (ILE). In 2019 the junior classrooms were repainted internally and work began in 2021 to gradually transform these classrooms into ILE’s with the first stage of the conversion of the corridor into a “Learning Street” completed. In 2020 the exterior of the junior block was remodeled with a deck built along the front. 

Other buildings on the site include Resource Teachers of Learning & Behaviour (RTLB) office, two prefabricated classrooms, a BOT owned double classroom block that houses the library and a classroom space which was purchased in 1993 and a hall that was refurbished in 2017. A caretaker's shed was erected and the netball courts were relaid in 2005.

Hāwera Primary is one of the 17 schools in the South Taranaki Kāhui Ako. Our current learning priorities are relationship-based learning (RbL), social and emotional intelligence (wellbeing) and coherent pathways. We enjoy working closely as a cluster of schools for professional development, learning activities, sporting and cultural events.

A U4 Principal leads and manages Hāwera Primary School, working together with a Deputy Principal, two Team Leaders and several Scale A teachers overseeing eight classrooms.  The teaching team is well supported by several excellent part-time teachers and support staff. They bring with them a collective range of skills, strengths and experiences. 

We are well supported by an active and involved Board of Trustees.