The Whānau House System

The whānau house is an ideal framework for providing an effective environment for learning and growth.

Whanau House Hero

'Macleans is a really unique school with the whanau house system. We have eight houses in total and I think it’s a really great way for students and teachers to interact, and the house competitions are really great.'

Nuch S.
International Student from Thailand
Whanau House 1

Each student is placed in a form class in his/her year level in a whānau house.

  • It reflects the distinctive character of the person it is named after
  • It creates an element of competition
  • It provides incentives to do one's best, to make the most of talents
  • It promotes opportunities for personal development

The whānau house offers, fosters and encourages:

  • An extended family of students and staff
  • Values, social interactions, leadership opportunities, group loyalties and mutual support
  • A feeling of belonging and self esteem, where the students feel accepted and valued
  • Service to the community
Whanau House 2

Whanau Houses

The whānau house is an ideal framework for providing an effective environment for learning and growth.

Community Service

Throughout the year students and staff of each Whānau House offer support and fundraise for a charity. The links below provide further information on their chosen charity.

Batten House

Batten House supports the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Hillary House

Hillary House supports the Himalayan Trust.

Kupe House

Kupe House supports Kiwis for Kiwi.

Mansfield House

Mansfield House supports Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society.

Rutherford House

Rutherford House supports Cure Kids.

Snell House

Snell House supports the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.

Te Kanawa House

Te Kanawa House supports the Child Cancer Foundation.

Upham House

Upham House supports the Howick Returned Services Association.