Activities On Offer

Kapa haka

Kapa Haka is an exciting cultural group to be involved in. The group performs throughout the year both in and out of school. The Onepoto Festival is one of our biggest performances and draws a large crowd. Kapa Haka provides tamariki with an opportunity to represent the Māori culture and learn about tikanga Māori. Students practise every Tuesday at 12:30 in the hall.


Netball is available through the following competitions at Netball North Harbour

  • ANZ Future Ferns for Year 1 to 3 teams are Monday afternoons for 10 weeks

  • Primary for Year 4 (Monday afternoons) Two Terms

  • Primary for Year 5 - 6 (Wednesday afternoons) Two Terms

  • Times for the games are anywhere from 4.00 pm to 7.00pm.

At Glenfield College there is an ANZ Future Ferns for Year 1 to 3 on Saturdays and a Junior Netties can offer a competition for Year 1 through to Year 6 teams. The competition is 12 weeks long for Year 3 to 6 teams. For Year 1 and 2 teams the programme is 10 weeks long (at Glenfield only).

There is also Summer Leagues at Netball North Harbour and Glenfield College in Term 4.

We do require parent support with coaching and managing teams.

Please contact Desiree Ward (Netball Coordinator) for any inquiries


For 20 years we have had a very proud Manuka Bullets team, made up of Year 5 and 6 students.

We have won 8 championships at the YMCA and are currently defending champions.

Our Manuka Bullets trials start at the beginning of each year for boys and girls in Year 5 and 6.

The team play from March to December.

Mr Chris Barclay is the Coach and Manager


Hockey is an opportunity for students to learn new skills and be part of a team. This fun and quick paced game challenges students to work together and push their limits. Good sportsmanship is encouraged and students feel a sense of achievement when a game is won. There are two seasons a year and games are played every Monday evening at North Harbour Hockey.


Touch is offered in Term 4 only and depends heavily on parent involvement for coaches and managers. Every student who pays will be put into a team and must provide their own uniforms and shoes. The uniform top is available from KINDO and students wear their own black shorts.

The season starts early term 4 and runs for 8 weeks. Students play with 6 on the field at any time, with a maximum of 10 in a team. They play 14 minute halves with a 1 minute half time where they switch ends of the field. Games are played after school and trainings are run by coaches and managers.


Choir provides students with an opportunity to sing as part of a large group. Throughout the year the choir practises in preparation to perform in the annual Kids 4 Kids Concert. This is a colourful and exciting event co hosted by two well known music performers. This event also provides an opportunity for children to audition for a soloist part in the concert. In previous years two Manuka Primary students have been selected for this role.



The Enviro Group are taught many different gardening skills and also the effect of our choices on our wider environment. The group learns what types of plants to grow in different seasons, how to use worm wee, weed, water, de-slug, and how to care for different sorts of plants. The group also collects food scraps daily to make compost and worm castings which it uses to enrich the soil in the raised beds at Manuka School.

The Enviro Group meet at lunchtime every Thursday unless it is raining.


The Manuka marimba group offers children a unique opportunity to play an instrument in a group. No previous experience or music knowledge is needed. From the first session children are making music.

A marimba is a percussion instrument made of wooden bars on a stand. We also use smaller xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and untuned percussion such as drums and maracas.

Every year the marimba group takes part in the annual Marimba Festival alongside groups from other schools in the Auckland region. At the moment we are hard at work practising our pieces to take part in this festival.

The Marimba group practises during Monday lunchtimes.


We are so lucky to have a dedicated group of Grandmothers who come into our school on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes to teach knitting to our keen senior students.

The boys and girls have developed a range of skills this year. Their knitting projects range from Peggy squares to beanies and knitted toys.


Manuka School works in partnership with The Music Education Centre

The Music Education Centre students have the convenience and choice of either learning at the MEC centre or at their school.

Learning music through the centre includes a selection of over 90 skilled teachers that are committed to your child's learning experience.

Head to to enrol your child online.