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The aim of Waerenga Primary School is to teach its pupils the attitudes, knowledge, understandings and skills they need to continue learning throughout their lives. We are not zoned and there is no waiting list.


It is with a deep sadness that Waerenga School acknowledges the passing of Mr Willie Rosendaal, Principal since 1995.

Willie trained at Palmerston North teachers college. He taught at a number of schools before taking up his first principalship at Tokirima School (where he met his wife-to-be Gina). In 1995 they moved to Waerenga School.

Willie’s funeral was attended by a huge number of people, reflecting the respect he had as a teacher, Principal and community member. His love of music, sport, fun and family were very evident.

Willie will be remembered for his passion, enthusiasm and unquestioning commitment to the school. We thank him for leaving our school in a strong position, with a clear vision, excellent staff and proud students.




– Willie Rosendaal, Principal Waerenga School, 1995 – 2017