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.

Covid Delta – Level 2 – Overview for Parents, Students, Staff and Families

Waiau Area School (WAS) will return to Level 2 educational practice as of Thursday 09th September 2021. During this time, we will be operating under Level 2 guidelines and restrictions. Many of these restrictions and guidelines are mandated by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, others are in place to ensure that the unique nature of WAS is maintained during these trying times. We will try our best to keep things as per normal. If there is a covid case down in the deep south or we’ve had visitors affected by covid then we’ll act accordingly. Please make sure you read this outline so that you are aware of the measures that are in place, your role and your child’s role in maintaining them. We’re in this together. Please also refer to the other two booklets where necessary - Our Education and Action Plan for Schooling under L2 and Managing health and safety in schools at...


Our Upcoming Events & Activities



Basketball Tornament

Yr 5 & 6  |  Yr 7 & 8




Yr 5/6 & Yr 7/8



Trades Fair



Last Day Term 3!

 School Holidays

2 October – 16 October 2021



Term 4 starts

The Latest …

You, Me and the Sea

You, Me and the Sea

Last week WAS Junior classes had the amazing Janet De Wagt in school. Janet de Wagt is a New Zealand born artist who has lived and painted throughout the world. Her paintings reflect the New Zealand landscape she connects with and they are painted on site, in all...

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Y11 Team Building Challenge

Y11 Team Building Challenge

The Year 11 PE class took part in a team-building challenge yesterday, solving clues and deciphering riddles to work out how to get out of two Fiordland-themed escape rooms. Congratulations to all participants for working together for a common goal and a big thank you...

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Live to LEARN, LEARN to Live

A Word

From Our Principal

Kia Ora everyone. I trust you have all had a restful and enjoyable break and that your children are enthusiastic about returning to school. Well, here we are starting 2021, and once again we have a busy year ahead of us. I just want to mention a few things to start us off on the right foot. We send out whole school newsletters every fortnight. Also teachers will send notes home, notices will be sent out by various staff and sometimes message will be posted on our FB page and website – please keep an eye out for happenings at WAS. If in doubt, ring the office and ask away. WAS is a busy place and sometimes we’re guilty of assuming everyone knows what’s happening as well as relying on students passing on messages etc. Keep us honest and keep checking in please!
A massive WAS welcome to our new students! It’s a credit to these students and their respective families on how well they’ve settled in. It feels like you’ve all been at WAS for ages! 
I am looking forward to a fantastic year in 2021. We are going from strength to strength here at Waiau and you, as parents and caregivers play a vital role in our success. Thank you in advance for all that you will contribute this coming year.

– 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.