Our school and community have a rich history. Road names of the area reflect the names of the pioneering families, Amrein, Annandale, Cottle, Hunter, Nelson, Nixon, Hanham, Worrall and Cuthbert. The area has been milled for timber, prospected for gum, harvested for flax and farmed.
The Waitakere Ranges and South Kaipara were the territories of the Te Kawerau-a-maki tribe. The Kawerau were often under attack from Ngati Whatua, the tribe that occupied the Auckland area. During one conflict Ngati Whatua were chasing the remainder of a Kawerau war party to the safety of the Waitakere Ranges. They stopped at Taupaki and peaceably agreed on a mutual boundary. This boundary was drawn from Taupaki out to the coast at Muriwai. The tribal boundary remained until European times, thus Taupaki means ‘the binding peace’. Taupaki was originally just north of Te Henga, but the name was relocated to its present site.