Manurewa West Primary School - Wisdom Through Understanding

About Us

Manurewa West is a co-ed multi-cultural school located in Manurewa, Manukau City, Auckland, with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

With its well-maintained buildings and grounds, refurbished classrooms and administration building, computer pods, literacy –media centre, school hall, adventure playgrounds (Junior/Senior) and library you would be amazed to learn that contrary to its youthful appearance, it actually opened in 1965.

Manurewa West Primary School has grown a successful reputation for educating young people under the well-directed leadership of its Principal – David Wallis and is well renowned for providing good quality education to its diverse socio-economic and ethnic community and for being a health promoting school.

Manurewa West caters for years 1-6, has a total of 43 staff (24 Teachers), all of whom have a primary focus on providing an environment that is a safe and secure place for learning and raising student learning achievement.

An active promotion of a 'Learning Community' through a community of Learners is supported by an active parent-school connection. Not only are there regular (per term) provisions to report on student learning progress, but curriculum workshops, parent coffee mornings and school-home events to support the very strong support the school receives from its families.

But don't just take our word for it, come on in and see for yourself. We welcome your enquiries.



Manurewa is the southernmost major suburb of Manukau, one of the four cities that make up the metropolitan area of Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand. The population of Manurewa is approximately 85k - 90k.

Manurewa is a Maori word, the English translation meaning 'soaring birds', it is said the name refers to the seabirds, commonly seen crossing the peninsula between the Manukau Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Manurewa has a diverse mix of ethnicities making it one of the most interesting multi-cultural suburbs in Auckland and indeed, New Zealand.



Auckland is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with 1.3m residents and 32% of the country's population.

The city, suburbs and gulf islands cover an area of 637km2.  It is built on a narrow peninsula between two harbours, and is surrounded by extinct volcanoes and picturesque islands.

The Maori word for Auckland is Tamaki Makau Rau, meaning a maiden with 100 lovers.  It is also commonly referred to as the 'City of Sails' due to the great number of yachts that sail in the harbours and the adjoining Hauraki Gulf.

Auckland is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with 1.3m residents and 32% of the country's population.


School Roll - 485

Class Size Range 20 – 30

Decile 1

Ethnic Composition