Our Environment

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.

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, SOUTHLAND 962

Telephone: +64 3 226 6285

Email: admin@was.school.nz

School Hours: M-F: 8:50am – 3pm

Learn By Doing

At Waiau Area School we work hard to ensure that learning happens for all students, that learning is accurately measured, that evidence is gathered, and most importantly that students and their parents know where they are going next in their learning. Students relish the chance to experience success. It helps establish a desire to learn and builds important learning skills like persistence.

The staff of Waiau Area School have developed curriculum schemes from Year 1-13 that reflect the diverse needs of our students.


Live to LEARN, LEARN to Live

A Word

From Our Principal

” Many thanks again for all your valued support. Loads of areas which are very much appreciated by us all here at WAS: helping out at athletics day; supporting swimming; helping out in the school and chatting with your child’s teacher; paying for things in the office; helping out at Koha Kai; donating old uniform and clothes for others; supporting your child/ren at home with extra reading, writing, maths and life skills; keeping in touch texting; dropping off and picking up your child with consistency and the list goes on – well done. It’s notan easy job being a parent/caregiver and juggling life’s commitments. “

– Andrew Pardoe-Burnett


Our Upcoming Events & Activities



Labour Day

No school

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School is closed for instruction



Pet Show


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 Senior’s Last Day

 Seniors Dinner 7-8pm

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Western Cricket tournament – up to Year 8

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11am – 2pm

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REAP GATE Leadership*

*Selected Y5-7 Students

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Year 9&10 Camp 

27-29 November. Mavora

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Last Day of School for 2019

See you in 2020!

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Our School

What’s Happening Around WAS?

As a community, we should all be very proud of our achievements to date. We’re all contributing. WAS is a positive, caring and inclusive place to learn and work in. There are so many positive initiatives occurring.

Watch this space!

Coming Soon …

Inside WAS Blog!

Wharepukapuka - Library

Keep an eye on the new books rack for books not mentioned here. Be aware not all are
on the rack due to lack of space.
Miss R and Miss Quinn sourced us some wonderful library books from Isla Bank School.

Koha Kai

Koha Kai continues to be a hit with our students – the fantastic team
behind the scenes provide nutritious meals for us three days a week at the
amazing price of $2. The community meals are still located in the freezer in the
office however there has been a slight price increase – meals are now $8 and
desserts are $3.

Link to Menu will be added here

Ask Your Team Survey

Waiau Area School has been asked to pilot a new cloud-based system that will allow us to collect views and ideas from everyone in our school community. We will be sending you a link to a survey that asks you to score the school on a range of issues and then we may come back to you later and ask you for ideas of how to improve the areas we choose to focus on. The survey is completely anonymous so we cannot find out how each person has scored us. This is important because we want you to be honest with your feedback.

Community Information Evening

 A community information evening will be held on Monday 12 August at the school. This coincides with a visit with students from John Parsons, who will be the keynote speaker on the evening. The opportunity exists for members of the community to hear from a variety of community organisations who offer services and support for families in the area. Join us for free hot soup and bread rolls at 5.30pm.

Questions can be sent in before the event and will be answered on the night. Please see the attached flier for information and RSVP details.

Room 1 & 2's Facebook Page

Room 1 & 2’s learning journey via our Facebook Page  Don’t forget to follow us!

Waiau Area School on Facebook

You can now follow Waiau Area School on Facebook!


New students in 2019


Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 47 Orawia Road, Tuatapere, Southland

Telephone: (03) 2266285

Email: admin@was.school.nz

School Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 3pm


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.