Our History

Freyberg Community School is nestled on the foothills overlooking the Waitematā Harbour, at the mouth of the Whau River – an awa of incredible importance across Aotearoa New Zealand’s history.

The unique location of Te Whau cuts through the very centre of the Tamaki isthmus, providing an incredibly rare natural transport corridor from the Waitematā on the East Coast of the North Island to the Manukau on the West. For many hundreds of years, our rivers and coastlines provided the most efficient means of travel, giving Te Whau immense strategic importance to the iwi of the wider Tamaki region.

As well this geographic significance, Te Whau was an abundant food source for tangata whenua, the fertile soils bordering Te Whau were home to many māra, kāinga, pā and wāhi tapu for our Mana Whenua – Te Kawerau a Maki. 

In 1911, a young Englishman, Richard Henry Roberts, and his young family purchased a large swathe of land near what was then known as Point Road (Now Te Atatū Road) and established extensive citrus orchards. The Roberts family were joined in 1920 by another Englishman, Herbert Henry Booth, who purchased a tract of land opposite the Roberts’ orchards and after some years established a citrus orchard of his own.