About Us


Welcome to Te Kura ō Hinepōhatu, Maidstone Intermediate School.

We are a large thriving learning community honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi while celebrating creativity, diversity, and innovation.  Our school motto, “MOTIVATE, INSPIRE, SUCCEED” affirms our belief that everyone can achieve.

Maidstone Intermediate specialises in the learning needs of Year 7 and 8 ākonga. Our kura focuses on providing a dynamic, student-centered learning environment in the very important years of pre-adolescent growth and development. We are about creating opportunities to nurture and develop the strengths and talents of all ākonga.

Our kura is proud in committing to:

  • Employing kaiako who have a passion for teaching pre-adolescents
  • Creating a curriculum that is both challenging and addresses the needs of all ākonga
  • Providing a variety of teaching and learning approaches across all learning environments
  • Presenting programmes and policies that foster health, wellness and safety
  • Arranging comprehensive guidance and support services

Our aim is to grow great people by working in partnership with whānau; preparing our young people for living in the 21st century, and to be positive, contributing members of society.  To find out more about what Maidstone Intermediate, please browse through this website and also look through our 2024 Prospectus.

View Our 2024 Prospectus Here

Pepeha ō Hinepōhatu

Mai te maunga o Remutaka

e heke mai ana ki te awa o Mangaroa

e mitia atu ki te Awakairangi.

Mai Whakatiki ka Pūrehurehu

e heke mai ana ki Ōrongomai.

Ko Hinepōhatu tu nei e,

ko Hinepōhatu mātou e!

Tihei māuri ora!

From the Remutaka ranges 

down to the Mangaroa river 

which laps onto Awakairangi.

From Whakatiki descending

through Pockets of mist onto Ōrongomai.

Maidstone stands here, 

We are Maidstone, 


Why An Intermediate?

We are a kura designed to cater for the specific needs of 11, 12 & 13 year olds. Our programmes are designed for this age group, our kaiako love teaching this age group and our spaces are set up for this age group.

Early adolescence is a unique time in life and a real bridge between childhood and early adulthood. Maidstone, like all intermediate schools in NZ, is set up to engage, inspire and cater for the complex needs of early adolescents.

Ask any Maidstone ākonga what they like most about kura and they will most-likely say “The OPPORTUNITIES”. Intermediate is a great place to try new things and discover new talents!

Here are further readings about the middle school phase below.

The Importance of Middle School
Middle School Matters

Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama
Seek and discover. Discover and know. Know and become enlightened.

Our Location and History

Maidstone Intermediate is situated in park-like grounds just south of Upper Hutt City overlooked by the Akatarawa, Remutaka and Tararua Ranges.

The kura is approximately 30 minutes north-east of Wellington, and on the doorstep of many facilities and community centres such as H2O Xtream, Kaitoke Regional Park, Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre and Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

The Maidstone name comes from the town of Maidstone in Kent (England) where a group of Upper Hutt settlers came from. The school opened in 1970.

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