News & Events

Latest Notifications

U12 Touch draw change

Wed Nov 30 02:11pm

5.10 Merilands Miro v BBK Blast on field 5A

TOUCH Wed 30/11

Tue Nov 29 02:22pm

U10 Merrilands Karaka 4.35 v Fitzroy Lightning Lions field 5A

U10 Merrilands Kauri 4.35 v Puketapu Magic field 4B

U12 Merrilands Miro 5.10 v Fitzroy Fireballs field 5A (Semi Final).

Please let coaches know asap if you will not be there!

Road Patrollers

Mon Nov 28 02:48pm

This years Road Patrollers are bringing home a notice today. They are having a fun day out on Wednesday, organised by Constable Gary Toa,  in recognition of their mahi.

Athletics Day – Friday 2nd December. Please see timetable for the day below. All welcome.

Mon Nov 28 11:40am

– Junior and Senior Rotations start at 11:20am

– Break for Lunch at 1:00pm – 1:50pm

– Middles and Senior Relays start 2pm

– Parents can walk around and encourage/support their child at each event

Latest School Newsletter

Thu Nov 24 04:14pm

Kia ora whānau

Please find attached in the Notices section of the app, the latest school newsletter.

Ngā mihi
Michelle Cronin




Wed Nov 23 10:00am

U10 Merrilands Karaka V SJB Bulls 4.35 Field 1B

U10 Merrilands Kauri v SJB Chiefs 4.35 Field 4A

U12 Merrilands Miro have a BYE

Board Policy Review

Thu Nov 17 02:42pm

Kia ora koutou

The Board continues to review Health & Safety policies as part of the annual review cycle for 2022. This term’s topics of review and the review feedback form can be found by following the insturctions below.

Visit the website
Enter the username (merrilands) and password (shine).
Click on ‘Current Review’ and follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type.
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

We really appreciate your feedback.

Ngā mihi
Michelle Cronin

TOUCH Wed 16/11

Tue Nov 15 02:13pm

U10 Merrilands Karaka v SJB Crusaders 4.35 field 2A

U10 Merrilands Kauri v Fitzroy Comets 4.35 field 4A

U12 Merrilands Miro v Bell Block Boom 5.10 field 5B

*Please consider others and advise coaches if you will not be playing before game time.




Year 6 Water Safety Programme

Mon Nov 14 01:15pm

The annual Water Safety programme at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Sessions are for 1 hour.

Students all travel to and from the Aquatic Centre by bus and will be accompanied by their classroom teacher and Mrs Cronin. 

All students need to bring are their togs and a towel.

Once again, we are really looking forward to our tamariki being involved in this programme.

Ngā mihi

Mrs Cronin


Enrolments 2023

Mon Nov 14 01:08pm

Do have a child turning 5 next year that is not already pre enroled with us, or any family or friends that you know of that intend to come to our school next year?

We are in the process of organising classes for 2023 so please contact the office to share this information and to ensure we are aware of who will be coming. This helps us to plan for who will be with us and what our class sizes and compositions will be.

Thank you, this information will be really helpful!

Ngā manaakitanga

Michelle Cronin

We’re still alive and kicking. Whānaungatanga, kotahitanga, and manaakitanga – what a great team of staff we have at Merrilands School!!!

Sat Nov 12 11:11am

Wero/Challenge 2023: Staff vs Community 😳

Melanie, from the office, our driver taking time out for breakfast and whaea Sarah our Mathematician… working out our estimated finishing time. 

While you are sleeping. Spare a snoozy thought for our staff racing round the mountain this evening 😊

Fri Nov 11 10:58pm

They say it’ll be fun 😳😳


Fri Nov 11 11:32am

Friday 2 December – starting at 11.20. All welcome.

Kapa Haka note – tamariki are encouraged to bring a zip up top to wear to keep them warm in the morning. It doesn’t have to be navy blue.

Wed Nov 09 06:59pm

Home and School meeting postponed to next week.

Wed Nov 09 04:37pm

Reminder: Kapa Haka, meet in the Hall at 7:15am tomorrow morning. The bus will leave at 8:30am and return at 11am.

Wed Nov 09 04:35pm


Tue Nov 08 09:30am

4.35 U10 Merrilands Karaka v Puketapu Magics field 2B

4.35 U10 Merrilands Kauri v Fitzroy Speedsters 3B

5.10 U12 Merrilands Miro v Puketapu Warriors 5B

Arohamai. Kapa Haka will be leaving school at 8:30am by bus to the Waitara War Memorial Hall. We will return to school at 11am.

Mon Nov 07 08:33pm

Puanga Festival – Thursday 10th November

Mon Nov 07 07:53pm

Kia Ora e te whānau, 

The Kapa Haka group will be performing at Puanga on Thursday at 9:20am. Your child will need to be at school by 7:15am to get ready for the festival. Girls will need to have their hair up, as they have done in the previous performances. (Half up and half down. 

Parents are welcome to come and will need to pay at the door. 

Nga mihi,

Matua John 

Last day to order Calendars AND Scholastic book club is today – Sunday 6th November. Get in quick so you don’t miss out.

Sun Nov 06 06:28pm

Parihaka Day celebrations – coffee cart and cake sales will also be available for purchases throughout the day tomorrow.

Thu Nov 03 02:38pm

In for the long haul. Come on down if you can spare some time to help

Thu Nov 03 12:21pm



Thu Nov 03 12:00pm

School Photos are coming home today! Check your child’s Bag.

Parihaka Day Timetable

Thu Nov 03 07:12am

Please check out the details for Parihaka Day in the notices section of the app. 



Special request –

Wed Nov 02 07:58pm

Whānau please ask your children to please keep off the wood and stone pile that’s been delivered for the hangi and is stacked in the corner of the field by the pool. 

While it might look like fun, it isn’t that safe. 

Ngā mihi

Michelle Cronin

Only 25 Hangi left to purchase if you wish to purchase one.

Wed Nov 02 03:53pm

Thursday Helpers For Hangi Prep

Wed Nov 02 02:34pm

Kia Ora tātou e te whānau o Merrilands,

Tomorrow prep for the Hangi will start at 10am. This will take us through the day. Come on down if you can spare some time to help us. We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you for all of the donations and your time to help.

Nga mihi,

Matua John 

Hangi Donations

Wed Nov 02 07:44am

Mōrena koutou,

Thank you for the generous donations from our community. As always we are so appreciative of your support. Tomorrow we will start our prep so the end of school today is the last day for any donations you would like to add. 

Also a big thank you to those of you who have offered to help tomorrow and Friday. Please watch out for the notification this afternoon for timings.

We are very excited about Parihaka Day on Friday.

Nga mihi 

Matua John

Last of the Hangi Donations required THANK YOU

Mon Oct 31 08:14pm

Bread x 30 loaves, Milk x 10L, Fruit Salad Tins, Carrots, 20kgs, Peas frozen 3kgs, Onions 2kgs 

Thank you as always for the generous donations received thus far. We are truely a part of an amazing community. 

Ngā mihi 


Yr 6 – Highlands Intermediate Orientation visit tomorrow. Starts at 9:30am and runs for approx 1.5 hrs

Mon Oct 31 03:22pm

Parents are responsible for taking their own children to Highlands Intermediate School hall and returning them to Merrilands school afterwards.

Hangi Tickets are selling fast – dont forget to pop into the school office to secure yours. Cash only $12.00 each.

Mon Oct 31 02:47pm

TOUCH this week 2/11

Mon Oct 31 02:35pm

U10 Merrilands Kauri BYE

4.35 U10 Merrilands Karaka v SJB Chiefs field 3A

4.25 U12 Merilands Miro v Fitzroy Frogs field 6B.

Please let coaches or school office know if you child will not be there. 

Can you help?

Sun Oct 30 08:22pm

Kia ora, 

We are looking for volunteers to help with our preparations for our Parihaka Day Hangi. The prep will start on Thursday 3rd November. Our tamariki will do lots of the prep throughout the day, but it’s always great to have a team of adult supervisors, especially when it comes to portioning out the kai. Even an hour of your time will go a long way to help. Please call Brenda in the office if you are able to come along. I will confirm timings on Tuesday. 

Nga mihi,

Matua John 


Parihaka Day/Hangi

Sun Oct 30 08:13pm

Kia ora koutou e te whanau o Merrilands,

We are looking forward to having you with us this Friday for our Parihaka Day. 

There are lots of activities for you and your whānau to get involved with and have some fun with your tamariki.

Hangi tickets are selling fast so be sure to get yours as soon as you can. 

This week we are calling for chicken drumsticks, pork and lamb/beef donations. As well newspaper. We will also still accept vegetables. Thank you for all dontations thus far. 

Our Kapa Haka group did a great job for their first public performance at Tātarakihi, and we look forward to performing for you on Friday too. 

Ngā mihi

Matua John 


Kapa Haka – Thank you

Fri Oct 28 04:27pm

Ngā mihi ki ngā mātua mō tēnei ahi. 

A huge thank you to our Merrilands whānau for your support at Tātarakihi this afternoon. Your tamariki have been working so hard this year. I know they are all ready to do our whole bracket for you all again next week as part of our Parihaka Day celebrations, or at Puanga. 

Behind the scenes I’d also like to acknowledge Miss Philips-Hall, Brenda, Melanie and Mrs Cronin for their support. It was much appreciated yesterday and today. 

ngā mihi,  

Matua John 

Hangi Tickets – reminder that tickets are available from the school office. Cash sales are accepted on this occasion. $12 each.

Fri Oct 28 08:59am


Thu Oct 27 03:55pm

There was some real excitement in the air as we started fitting the performance uniform today. 

Please note that the performance time has changed to 2:50pm and NOT 3:05pm. 


Hangi – Friday 4th November 2022

Thu Oct 27 07:01am

Thank you for all of the donations towards our hangi so far. We really appreciate your support. Remember this week is newspaper and Potatoes, Kumara and Pumpkin. (Sorry I missed pumpkin off yesterday) 

Hangi tickets can be bought at the office for $12 each. This is a cash only purchase. The hangi will contain 3 meat, 3 veg and stuffing and it will come with a trifle too. Yummmmy 😊😊



Hangi Update – Wednesday 26 October

Wed Oct 26 07:31am

Kia ora e te whānau o Merrilands

Ngā mihi ki a mahana ki a kotou tēnei ata.

Thank you for the hangi donations received so far. We will continue to collect any newspaper until the end of next week.

We are now calling for the following donations:

Remainder of this week – kumara & potatoes (boxes will be outside the office door by the noticeboard for donations to go into)

Next Monday-Wednesday – Chicken drumsticks & Pork

Money raised from the hangi will go towards maintaining and upgrading Kapa Haka uniforms and travel costs to attend performances.

If anyone has access to or a contact for a trailer chiller to use on Thursday night to store the pre packed meals please email me or phone the office and leave a message with Brenda.

We also wondered if anyone had a contact to access bulk meat ordering should we not quite get enough meat donations.

Thanks again for the support. Any questions please email me directly.

Ngā mihi

Matua John (

IMPORTANT Tatarahiki Festival

Tue Oct 25 10:48am

Performance time change – Our Kapa Haka group will now be performing at 2.50pm this Friday.

Touch Wed 26/10

Tue Oct 25 09:39am

4.35 U10 Merrilands Kauri v Puketapu Ninjas field 3A

4.35 U10 Merrilands Karaka v Fitzroy Cornets field 3B

5.10 U12 Merrilands Miro v Bell Block Boltz field 5A

Please let coach or school office know if you will not be there.

Parihaka Day Hangi and help required

Mon Oct 24 03:33pm

Kia ora e te whānau o Merrilands, 

E mihi ana ki a koutou i tēnei wiki mutunga roa. I hope you have all enjoyed this long weekend. 

Hangi for our schools Parihaka Day celebrations can be bought at the school office from tomorrow. They can be purchased at $12 each. We are limited to 200, so be in quick. Cash only as we have no eftpos facility. 

NEWSPAPER – If you have any newspaper laying around at home, please bring it into the school office as there will be a box for it to be collected. We will need plenty for the hangi.

Please note, that as we have in the past, will be calling on other donations between now and early next week. Please keep an eye out for that information tomorrow.

We look forward to having you all at school on Friday 4th November 9am – 3pm to celebrate Parihaka Day with us. 

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, 

Matua John 

Tatarakihi 2022

Fri Oct 21 11:06am




After School Programme – Edventure

Thu Oct 20 11:03am

Edventure After School Term 4.

Edventure is continuing to provide the after school care service this term at Merrilands School OSCAR available.
Book at or phone 02102241576

heres what is on…
– Edventure After School Mon-Fri 3.00 – 5.30pm afternoon tea provided, fun & games, arts & crafts etc. $17/day.
– Edventure Surf School Mondays 3.00 – 5.30pm. Surfing tuition, $245 (7 sessions)
– Edventure Dance Class Tuesdays 3.00 – 5.30 1 hour dance session,+Edventure after school.
– Edventure Music Wednesdays, guitar, piano, ukulele, flute $210 (7 sessions)

Mark Bridger Edventure Director

Home and School need your support

Wed Oct 19 05:42pm

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our home and school meeting this evening due to a lack of numbers. 
We have a fantastic team who’s drive is to raise funds for our Tamariki at Merrilands. 

COVID has really put a dampener on our ability to connect with and involve new members into our team. However we would love to have your ideas to raise funds and your ideas on how to best utilise those funds.

As the saying goes 

Ma pango, ma whero ka oti te mahi

Many hands make light work.

Please keep an eye on the postponement date. 
Nau mai, haere mai

The Amazing Home and School Team 



2022 PRIMARY SCHOOLS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday 26 October ( (postponement day Friday 28 October)

Wed Oct 19 11:10am

If you are interested in your child taking part in the Taranaki  Primary Tennis Championships please contact Brenda at the school office via phone (06 7588644) or popping in in person for more information.  There are only 4 spaces available per school so first in first served.

Kapa Haka – Tātarakihi Performance

Mon Oct 17 10:55am

Tēnā tātou e te whānau,

Our Kapa Haka group will be performing at Tātarakihi on Friday the 28th October 2022 at 3:05pm at the Waitara Memorial Hall. More information will follow later this week.

We will also be performing the week after at our schools Parihaka Celebration. 

Ngā mihi,

Matua John 


Mon Oct 17 09:43am

Games for this week:

U10 Merrialnds Kauri 4.35 v Puketapu Stars field 2B

U10 Merrilands Karaka 4.35 v Fitzroy Speedsters field 4A

U12 Merrilands Miro 4.35 v Fitzroy Donkey Kongs field 6B

$25 fee due. Notices were given to children at the end of last term with team lists.

Term 4 kicks off TODAY

Mon Oct 17 07:30am

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school for our final term of 2022 and what a awesome term is looking to be! 

Basketball / Miniball uniforms – PLEASE ensure these come back today if you’ve still got one at home. They are needed for our Touch teams and we still have lots not returned.

See you all soon!!

Reminder – Parihaka Day Friday 4th November

Tue Oct 11 09:00am

Tēnā tātou e te whānau,

This is a reminder that Parihaka Day is being celebrated at Merrilands School on Friday 4th November 2022. 

This is a day for our community to come together and learn together. So if you are able to, take the day off work and come and join us. If you have more than one child at our school they will all be grouped together for the day. 

It will be a morning of learning. At lunchtime there will be a hangi (more details to come re purchasing a hangi) option. Our Home and School will also have a sausage sizzle and other option available too. 

The day will end with a performance from our Kapa Haka group , who have been working hard all year for Parihaka Day. 
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 4th November 2022.

Ngā mihi,

Matua John Edmonds 

Newsletter #8 – Check out the latest school newsletter in the Notices section of the app. Key dates for Term 4 to get into your diaries!

Mon Oct 03 09:00am



Basketball Uniforms

Thu Sep 29 02:21pm

A reminder to please return Basketball uniforms asap.

School Photos – Photolife have emailed this morning to say codes have been emailed to all families to view and order photos online.

Tue Sep 27 10:27am

If you have any problems viewing your photos or do not receive an email please contact Brenda at the school office.

Basketball – Merrilands Makos play at 4.00pm, court 2 on Monday 26th September

Thu Sep 22 01:23pm

Yr 3-4 Basketball Merrilands Magic

Tue Sep 20 03:53pm

Please return Basketball uniforms to the office ASAP.

Basketball update – Merrilands Makos play at 4.00pm, court 3 on Monday 19th September

Thu Sep 15 12:23pm

Board Election Results – Please see notices section of the school app for full Board Election Results

Thu Sep 15 11:48am




Thu Sep 15 11:38am


Come and join your children at school for a day of learning about Parihaka Day and join in with the activities too. 

Friday 4th November 9am to 3pm and lunch together as a community. 

We hope to have Hangi and Sausage Sizzle available to purchase and finish the day with a performance from our Kapa Haka group. 

Take the day off work and come and join us. 

We would love to have you here. More information to follow by the end of term. 

U8 and U6 Touch

Thu Sep 15 10:50am

Unfortunately there has not been enough children register to be able enter U8 or U6 Touch teams for next term.

Board Election results

Wed Sep 14 10:02am

Congratulations to our new Board of Trustees who take office today. 

I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Catherine Graham

Johnny Gillum

Kim Olsen

Kimberley Laurence

Nikita Makatoa

Thank you to all who were nominated and those who voted in this election.

See attached letter for the full results.

Brenda Hallam

Returning Officer

COVID-19 Update for Parents – Tuesday 13 September

Tue Sep 13 11:52am

Kia ora whānau

Please find in the Notices section of the app, an update from the Ministry of Education in relation to changes with COVID-19, as a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Ngā mihi
Michelle Cronin



Home and School Meeting to be held in the school staff room tomorrow night at 7pm (Wednesday). New members or interested parties welcome.

Tue Sep 13 10:42am


Mon Sep 12 07:13pm

It was go great to see everyone back on the school grounds during our school cross country. What an amazing afternoon!!! What about the bbq?!?! Josh, Andrew and Bryan did an outstanding job, thank you for your support. I know you all want to be involved in raising funds for our school through fundraising events such as the bbq sausage sizzle. Among many other fantastic ideas and opportunities. 

Home and school are looking for more people to come along and share their amazing ideas to raise funds for mini projects around our school. 

We have a great team that would be even greater with your support.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday @ 7pm in the staffroom.

we would love to see you there. Nau Mai haere mai 



Cricket – Term 4 2022

Mon Sep 12 03:31pm

Please use link below to register your child for Cricket.

Touch Registrations Term 4 2022.

Mon Sep 12 11:00am

A reminder to register your child for Touch by this Wednesday 14th September.

We have had no volunteers to Coach – unfortunately we can not enter teams without coaches. Please contact the office if you are able to help.

Year 1-2 Netball Registrations

Mon Sep 12 10:54am

A reminder to register your Year 1-2 child by this Wednesday 14th September.


Touch Reminder – Please remember to complete registration for your children via the link on the school app by Wednesday of next week.

Fri Sep 09 05:02pm

Kapa Haka Noho

Thu Sep 08 06:09pm

Kia Ora tātou e te whānau,

I have let our tamariki know that they will need to bring a water bottle for our noho this weekend. 

Other than essentials (bedding and change of clothes for Saturday) they will not need to bring any extra food as we have plenty packaged food left over from our last noho. 

I’m really looking forward to doing it all over again. Please feel free to join us at any stage if you’d like to.

ngā mihi,

Matua John 

Cross Country – tomorrow – SPECTATORS WELCOME – Sausage Sizzle and coffee cart onsite.

Thu Sep 08 11:15am

Please come along and support your children for tomorrows cross country. First race starts at 12:45pm as per programme that went on app earlier this week. Sausages sizzle available from 12:00pm. $2 per sausage.  Groovy Beans Coffee Cart will be onsite also so please support them if you can – you can find them under the canopy area.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

MINIBALL – Please see below for another message from New Plymouth Basketball Association.

Tue Sep 06 01:21pm

Hi Everyone

Sorry for the confusion there IS miniball tonight!!!

However there is no miniball Wednesday the 7th 


Kelly Williams

NPBA Secretary

School Cross Country – Parent Helpers – we are still looking for parents to be course marshals on Friday from 1:40pm.

Tue Sep 06 12:35pm

Please contact the school office if you can help.

Expressions of interest – we are looking at entering an Inline Hockey team this year. Please contact school office if interested..

Tue Sep 06 10:39am

Season starts on Thursday October 20th and is open to year groups 1-8.  Season runs for 7-8 weeks. $25 per player.

Participants will need to wear bike helmets, mouth guards, elbow and knee pads. Skates and sticks are available to borrow for the game. 

No experience needed just a fun environment to learn the game.

MINIBALL – There is NO miniball today the last day is the 14th of September.

Tue Sep 06 09:23am


Mon Sep 05 03:36pm

Please click below to register your child for Touch in Term 4.

Click here to register


Mon Sep 05 02:56pm

Click on this link to register

Year 0-2 Future Ferns is on Term 4 if your child is interested please register above by Wednesday 14th September.

Absentees – please remember to fill in the school app if your children are absent from school.

Mon Sep 05 01:28pm

Bank Transaction – please advise Brenda at the school office if you made a payment of $140.00 into the school bank account on 31 August.

Fri Sep 02 02:30pm

School Board Elections – Reminder that voting closes on Wednesday 7th September at 4pm.

Fri Sep 02 01:58pm

Please make sure that your voting forms are returned to the school office or posted by this date.



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