Finlayson Park School


Mrs Shirley Maihi – 2023 Local Hero Medal

Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau

At 80 years of age Shirley Maihi is still going strong as the Principal of Finlayson Park School. After an astonishing 35 years as the head of Finlayson Park School she has inspired students with her warmth, caring individual attention and dedication to their welfare.

Shirley has done so much for her pupils: she established a Te Reo Maori immersion unit in response to the needs of Kohanga Reo students as they had nowhere else to continue their te reo education; she then established Bilingual Education Units for Samoan, Maori, Tongan and latterly Kiribati. These students learn in 2 languages, recognising the needs of low-income households in her Manurewa community she started organising free breakfasts and lunches for students in 1991, years before there were any similar government initiatives.

With a background of 55 years in the education sector she has seen all the kinds of issues children can bring to school, and is consistent in her kindness and resolve to support and assist them in their learning and academic achievement. Shirley supports the whole wellbeing of the students and their whānau to feel confident, be genuine and to give encouragement one another. She has established a school as the “Hub of the Community” where parents can engage for all whanau needs.






Malo e lelei, 

Finlayson Park School is celebrating Tongan Language week 2022. This year’s theme for Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga - Tonga Language Week - is: Ke Tu'uloa 'a e lea faka-Tonga 'i Aotearoa, which means Sustaining the Tonga Language in Aotearoa.

31 August 2022

Netball Prizegiving 2022

We are so proud of our coaches and their teams for their commitment to Saturday netball. 

We want to CONGRATULATE all the recipients that received the Most Valuable Player and Most improved player awards. A big thank you to the parents for bringing their children to the games every Saturday. 

06 July 2022

Auckland Schools 

Wearable Arts Competition

What an amazing experience for our 4 Yr8 students who competed today in the Auckland Schools Wearable Arts Competition.

The story behind their outfits represents...

1: Climate Change

2: Pollution

3: Green House Effect

4: Sea Level Rise

Special shout out to the Wearable Arts Tutors Whaea Ongo, Whaea Tepola and Whaea Amelia for their effort and time.

20 June 2022


Our school was lead by Matua Tipene (TR8 teacher) this morning for our Matariki opening at 7.30am followed by a yummy breakfast.

20 May 2022


Pupils at Finlayson Park School was encouraged to wear pink to celebrate and support PINK SHIRT DAY.  Our school's core values help us create an environment where children feel safe, valued and respected. Wearing PINK today encouraged students to think about what makes them special as individuals as well as why they should look out for each other. We raised $800 which will be donated to the mental Health Foundation. We are so thankful to our students, community and staff for their unending support. 

24 March 2022

ASB Good as Gold recipient: Mrs Shirley Maihi QSM

Join us in celebrating Mrs Maihi in receiving the ASB Good as Gold award. Mrs Maihi has given an amazing 55 years in total to Education and 33 years to Finlayson Park School. Watch the video below: