Our Community

Waerenga is a farming locality in north Waikato, 14km north east of Te Kauwhata. Waerenga means ‘a clearing in the bush’ and refers to the kahikatea dominant forest that once covered much of the Waerenga area.


Waerenga School has had a number of schools combine over time to form what we have today;

Waipuna Valley (1926-1939), Jefferis School (1892-1900), Taniwha School (1902-1962), Okaeria (1912-1968) and, recently, students from the now closed Waiterimu School.

The Library on the Waerenga Site is the original school building, which opened in 1881. Room 3 is the old Okaeria school building. It was moved onto its present site after its closure in December 1968.  At this stage the Administration building, Room 1 and 2 were also on the site.  Since 1995, Rooms 4 and 5 have been added as well as 2 playgrounds, walkways, astrograss and the heated pool.

Community Groups

For more information on the following groups, please contact;
Waerenga Playgroup
Andie Neal
Waerenga Tennis
Christine Goodin
Julie Nelson
Waerenga CWI
Paula Wright
Waerenga Farm Discussion Group
Paul Hickey
Waikato Federated Farmers, Waerenga
Waerenga Hall Social Committee
Jenni Cotman
Waerenga Garden Circle
Nicola Hickey
Waerenga School Netball
Jo Hosking
Waerenga Netball (senior)
Sophie Famaaile
Waerenga Pony Club
Mel Cooper-Levin
Waerenga Rec Centre
Cathy Riddell