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.

Free School Lunches

Free Lunches in Schools (FLIS) is starting on Monday 08th June 2020. WAS has been fortunate in having this initiative approved where every student has the opportunity to receive a free lunch every day.Things to Note: This means that all students will be able to...

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WAS Alert Level 2 Action Plan

Our Education and Action Plan for Schooling under Alert Level 2. This plan is to help advise parents, staff and students of the steps WAS will take and consider during this pandemic. This plan will be reviewed and changes made accordingly to meet the needs, as we...

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Alert Level 2 & Welcome Back

Kia ora WAS whanau and students, ​Level Two is approaching! Congratulations for making it this far and for making it work in your respective bubbles. It’s timely to say well done and to pass on our gratitude to the WAS community. It’s been outstanding the way people...

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Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee

Thursday 7th May 2020 Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee Of late, we have had Graham Parsons leaving the district due to a job transfer. He was also on our school Board. Therefore, a casual vacancy has occurred on the WAS Board of Trustees for an...

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Dear Parents: COVID-19

Dear WAS Parents / Caregivers / Whanau, With recent announcements by the Government, we are implementing with urgency our plan to support your child’s learning from home.  We appreciate this is a sudden and significant change and will be heavily disruptive to many...

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Uniform Changes

This summary from the Board of Trustees is to provide parents and families with an outline around the implementation for the upcoming changes to the Waiau Area School Uniform which will start Term Two. WAS has been looking at the overall school uniform for some time....

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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



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.