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"It takes a village to raise a child."
Ancient African Proverb

Market Day 2021

20 March 2021

It's your 'Rural day in the Bay!'

The 9th annual Maraekakaho Country Market day was held on Saturday 20th March 2020.

An awesome day out. Market stalls include local produce, coffee, home baking and gourmet foods, artisan crafts, gifts, toys, baby/child/adult clothing, jewelry, furniture, landscaping plants, art, entertainment, and a ton of country fun on offer.

Look out for the 2022 date coming soon.

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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of five trustees elected every three years by parents of students in the school, along with the Principal and one staff representative elected by the school staff.   The Maraekakaho School Board of Trustees members have a variety of skills and experience, which enable the Board to successfully fulfil its governance responsibilities.

The role of the Board is to provide sound governance in the best interest of our students and community.  Communication between our Board of Trustees, school personnel, parents and the wider community, results in positive differences being made to our students’ achievements.

Rachel Agnew - Parent Elected

Jenny Foote

Parent Elected Representative
Shane Kyle - Parent Elected

Jared Maloney

Selected Parent Representative
Phil Jones - Principal


Same Golden - Staff Representative

Sam Golden

Staff Representative
Leigh Smith - Parent Elected

Leigh Smith

Parent Elected Representative
(Presiding Member)
Sandy Mowat - Parent Elected

Sandy Mowat

Parent Elected Representative
Dereck Ferguson - Parent Elected

Rebekah Whittaker

Selected Parent Representative

Market Day

It's your 'Rural day in the Bay!' The 8th annual Maraekakaho Country Market Day will be held on Saturday 18th March 2023.

Enjoy a family day where there will be pony rides, grown art and colouring in competitions for the kids; local produce (including fresh locally grown lamb), coffee, home baking, gourmet foods, artisan crafts, gifts, toys, baby/child/adult clothing, jewellery, furniture, art, and entertainment. See what's on offer and place a bid at the silent auction....or try your luck in some real country fun at the gumboot throw or cow pat bingo!

Located just 15 minutes from Hastings in a scenic rural setting. Saturday 18th March 2023 10am - 3pm Maraekakaho Sports Ground (corner of SH50 and Kereru Rd). All proceeds go to Maraekakaho School and Gumboots Maraekakaho Early Childhood Centre.

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Gumboots Early Childhood Centre

Gumboots pre-school centre operates from behind MKK School. They offer full-time early childhood facilities for children aged 2 to 5 from Tuesday to Friday 8am to 4pm.  Mondays are open day for parents and their pre-schoolers.

Please contact the Supervisor Helen Davison, phone 8749010 or email supervisor@gumboots.org.nz for more details.

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Maraekakaho hall

MKK Hall

Maraekakaho Hall has been at the centre of village social life since the original building was constructed in 1877 as a church, hall, library and school room and is still the venue of choice for life’s most important and enjoyable events.For many years it has hosted meetings, elections, parties, weddings, concerts and balls – some 19th Century social gatherings going on until dawn!

Maraekakaho Hall, with its history and atmosphere, is still a great facility for weddings, parties, reunions, funerals, films, lectures, courses, exhibitions and meetings and more.

For bookings get in touch via: maraekakahocommunityhall@gmail.com or send a message through the Maraekakaho Hall Facebook page.

Focus Maraekakaho is a team of representatives from the Maraekakaho district with the mandate of advocating for and driving forward projects, hopes and community plans for the wider Maraekakaho area. Interest Groups, based on issues identified by residents, will meet and work to develop plans and run projects. These Interest Groups will also contribute significantly to our wider Community Development Plan, with the overall goal being to create a more resilient, sustainable and community-focused Maraekakaho

.We hope you find our Facebook page helpful in seeing what we are busy doing; letting us know what you feel are important community issues; asking us questions; and anything else related to our role. As two of our goals are to be consultative and transparent in what we do, we aim to post information, news and questions frequently, so please “like” our page, “follow” us and keep in touch. If you would prefer to email us, our address is admin@focusmkk.org.nz.

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