Waiau Area School is a Year 1 to 13 co-educational, composite Area School located in Western Southland; 81km west of Invercargill. It is the only Area School in the Southland Region.

Students can transition
between primary and secondary
school with minimal disruption.

A decile 3 school, Waiau Area School draws students from Tuatapere, Orepuki, Eastern Bush and the Ohai / Nightcaps district. 100 students attend Waiau Area School; with 60 students in the Year 1-8 school and 40 students in the Year 9-13 school. 33% of students are New Zealand Maori. Waiau Area School recognises the importance of valuing students from multi-cultural backgrounds. We are a school working towards integrating tikanga me nga te reo into the teaching and learning environment and in our school environment.

We offer a seamless education for students. Students can transition between primary and secondary school with minimal disruption. Having specialist teachers onsite aides in specialised teaching opportunities and allows opportunities for students and teachers to build life-long learning relationships. We pride ourselves in the small class sizes, rural setting and family atmosphere that Waiau Area School has to offer. For eg: In Room 1 we have 10 year 1 students, In Room 2 we have 14 students, Room 3 we have 18 students and Room 4 a straight year 7 and 8 class we have 18 students.

Waiau Area School is undergoing change. This change will determine the expectation of high quality learning opportunities and successful outcomes for all students. We hope to maximize our ICT accessibility, distance learning opportunities and open Waiau Area School to the world.

We celebrate the inclusion of all key stakeholders: students, staff, community, local iwi, board of trustees, to create the new and exciting future for Waiau Area School. We acknowledge benefits of forming a positive working relationship with local iwi and the commitment we need to make to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.