The settlement began as Hukerenui South in 1886, with a request made by a group of local people for the land under the Village Homestead Special Settlement system. The village was opened to the first 25 settler families the following year. Although the main road from Whangarei to Kawakawa passed through it, the road was only a dirt track, and was impassible during winter. Gum digging was one of the initial sources of income, but the Government cancelled gum-digging licences after fires in early 1888. A flax mill at Towai provided some jobs. Some were employed to build and improve the roads.
Hukerenui School Years 1-8 is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 5 and a roll of 142. The school was founded in 1889, and amalgamated with other small schools to a new site in 1949. Hukerenui School moved in 1975 to the site of the former Hukerenui District High School. It changed its name from "Hukerenui School" to "Hukerenui School Years 1-8" in 1997.
The school included a Form 3 class in 1946, and this was expanded into a secondary department. This eventually split to form the Hukerenui District High School, which operated from March 1957 to December 1972.
- Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 5. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
- Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 24. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
- Menefy, Diana (1988). Hukerenui... in the beginning. pp. 5–6. ISBN 0-473-00641-3.
- Menefy, pp 10, 29
- Menefy, p 32, says 1902; H. J. Hansen and F. J. Neil, Tracks in the North (Auckland: H. J. Hansen, 1992) pp 86-88 says it was opened 1 March 1901
- First date given is Menefy's, second is Hansen's.
- "Te Kete Ipurangi - Hukerenui School". Ministry of Education.
- "History". Hukerenui School Years 1-8.
- Menefy, p 2