Enrolments & Zoning

If you live inside our school zone

Like most schools in Auckland, Maungawhau School operates an enrolment zone. Providing you are currently residing within the designated zone prior to enrolment you are automatically entitled to enrol your child.

If you are not sure if you live in our school zone, please see the zone map and list of streets on this page.

If you are transferring from another school within New Zealand or moving here from overseas, please contact our school office to discuss further.

Or check out our street zone list

Enrolment Process

Starting school is an exciting event. Establishing a robust home-school partnership starts with beginning the enrolment process early. This partnership will ensure a positive experience for you and your child.

As soon as your child has turned 4 we encourage you to get in touch to start the pre-enrolment process.

Once we have received your completed pre-enrolment paperwork your child will be added to our pre-enrolment list.  Please refer to the ‘checklist in-zone enrolment’ for what is required.

Our student administrator will get in touch once pre-enrolment paperwork has been completed with next steps for your child’s open morning/principal and class visits.

Important Note!

It is a legal requirement of the Ministry of Education, that all enrolment forms are completed prior to enrolment, failure to do so may jeopardise your child’s place.

New Entrant Open Mornings

We are excited to offer our pre-enrolled year 0/1 students the opportunity to visit us during our Open Mornings each term before they start. This is to ensure that our new entrant beginner students feel secure in starting at our school with increased confidence and a greater understanding of school life.

Open morning visits are in addition to any personalised Principal/classroom visits that each new year 0/1student will have closer to their own start date. Our Student Administrator will be in touch with you directly to arrange these visits. During all of our open mornings, we require a parent and/or caregiver to attend with their child. We ask that preschoolers do not attend, as these visits will be in established year 0/1 classrooms.

To attend our open mornings please:

  1. Email Karen Blanchard to confirm the number of children and adults that will be attending.
  2. Bring a light fruit snack so your child can sit and eat at the scheduled fruit break.
  3. Please meet in the school office to sign in at 9:15am. Visits conclude around 10:30am.

Dates for 2023
Term 1
Week 4 Tuesday 21 February

Week 8 Tuesday 21 March

Term 2
Week 3 Tuesday 9 May

Week 8 Tuesday 13 June

Term 3
Week 3 Tuesday 1 August

Week 8 Thursday 7 September (new date)

Term 4
Week 4 Tuesday 31 October


Visits during school time
Unfortunately due to the high number of requests we do not provide ‘walkthroughs’ for parents to evaluate whether this school is ‘suitable’ during learning times.   As you can appreciate we have many requests on a weekly basis and this can prove disruptive to our programmes.  We do however offer set times where a member of the leadership is available to give you a tour of the school if you are relocating to our area.  Please contact the Student Administrator for more details.


Choosing a school for your child

Out of Zone Enrolment

Enrolment at Maungawhau School is governed by an enrolment scheme. The enrolment of out of zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989. The Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 changed the priority of out of zone students selected via the ballot. The change only affects students not living in school’s home zone.

Maungawhau Primary School Board of Trustees has determined that they will be accepting Out-of-Zone enrolment applications for the Year 0, Year 1 & Year 3 groups starting in 2024 only.
The exact number of places available will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone. Students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately.
If you reside out-of-zone and you wish for your child to be considered for enrolment in the out-of-zone ballot, you will need to complete a Pre-Enrolment Form. Please return the application form with all the additional documentation to the school no later than the application closing date shown below.


Parents will be emailed results of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held. Please print your email address clearly on the form.
Please complete the following and return it to the school office. If we do not receive all the requested documentation, we cannot include you in the ballot.
These are the things you will need to complete your Out-of-Zone Enrolment:
□ Out-of-Zone Enrolment Application Form
□ Your Child’s Birth Certificate and/or Passport if NZ Citizen
□ If not a NZ Citizen we will need the Child’s Birth Certificate and/or Passport and all appropriate visa/certificate confirming their right to enrol.
□ Separate Households – written confirmation from both parents of the care and custody arrangement and any relevant custody agreement or order.
□ If your child has any Development or Learning Difficulties, please attach more detail.

Please email all the application
documentation to office@maungawhau.school.nz or drop your completed application to our school office at 43 Ellerton Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024.

Enrolment at Maungawhau School is governed by an enrolment scheme. The enrolment of out-of-zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act.
Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
1. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school. (Maungawhau School does not have a special programme running).
2. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.
3. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.
4. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.
5. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
6. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants. If the board receives fewer applications than there are places available all applicants will be enrolled.

Out-of-zone students must be taken in the order of priority listed above. Refer to the Ministry of Education website for the ballot process.

If you have any queries, please contact the school office on (09) 638 8829.