Template:Location map Maheno is a small North Otago township south of Oamaru in New Zealand. The area had 3705 residents at a recent count, making it the second most populated area in North Otago, well behind Oamaru A number of the town's streets are named after places in Tyne and Wear, England, such as Whickham, Felling, Heworth and Jarrow.

Maheno SchoolEdit

Maheno School opened on 11 October 1875,[1] to the delight of many local parents. Peter Williams donated the valuable site in the centre of the town, while £150 had been locally subscribed to add to the £325 granted by the Government.[1] The architect was Thomas Forrester,[2][3] and Robert Peattie became the first teacher from 14 applicants.[1]

On the opening day fifty children were enrolled,[1] and by mid 1876 the school roll stood at 72 pupils.

The school went through numerous improvements starting with an additional classroom in 1883. By 1907 the school needed a third classroom to cope with a growing roll.

  • 1946 - The main block of the new school was built
  • 1957 - The school swimming pool was built
  • 1960 - The infant block was built
  • 1963 - The school dental clinic opened

In 2009, the decile 5 school had a roll of 45,[4] not all of the classrooms were being used for teaching. It continues providing quality education for rural children, and remains one of the few businesses left in the Maheno area.

Maheno RugbyEdit

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Home groundEdit

The Maheno Rugby Football Club play their home games at the Maheno Domain. The Maheno domain is situated along Kakanui Valley road, in Maheno.

Notable playersEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Opening of Maheno School 2. North Otago Times (14 October 1875). Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  2. Maheno School 2. North Otago Times (5 August 1875). Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  3. Greenaway, Richard L. N.. Forrester, Thomas 1838 - 1907. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
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