Wairau Intermediate School is a variable space state intermediate school dedicated to meeting the academic, emotional, physical and social needs of emerging adolescents.

Located on the North Shore ten minutes from downtown Auckland City, the school offers a wide range of programmes to a school population which reflects the unique diversity that is New Zealand society.

Its logo is derived from a Maori water pattern representing the meaning of Wairau, “an abundance of water”. In the sense that water is essential for growth, Wairau Intermediate aims to provide learning opportunities essential for adolescent development.

Our well qualified and professional staff are very successful in challenging students to achieve academic success in both national and international assessments. They also ensure that the social and emotional needs of children this age are met.

Wairau Intermediate encourages student participation in a huge variety of extra curricular activities, again challenging them to reach their full potential in all areas.

2016 Term Dates:

Term 1         3 February – 15 April

Term 2         2 May – 8 July

Term 3         25 July – 23 September

Term 4         10 October – 15 December (Yr 8s) & 16 December (Yr 7s)


Wairau Intermediate School opened in 1980 as the first variable space intermediate school on the North Shore. Situated between the suburbs of Forrest Hill and Sunnynook, it seemed that one of these would be taken as the school name. The original Principal, Dave Kerr, was keen to involve the school community in the naming of the school and after much input and discussion, it was decided that the school would be called Wairau Intermediate. Wairau was the original name for the whole area and with an English meaning of “abundant water”, it seemed very appropriate with water being the basis of all growth – in our case physical, emotional and academic growth.

Artist Toi Maihi, wife of the Deputy Principal Berry Maihi, designed the school logo to illustrate this theme of abundant water and life.

The principle the school was founded on was to build an atmosphere of caring, respect and collegial support whereby children’s growth could be nurtured in an environment that allowed staff to easily cater for individual needs. Subsequent administrations have built on this principle and the school takes great pride in the fact that it continues to be a very supportive and successful learning institution in the key areas of the academic, physical and emotional development of the emerging adolescent.

Originally built to accommodate 10 classes, the school quickly grew and was added to over the years.

  • Student Yuzu Akiyama

    CONGRATULATIONS Yuzu Akiyama has been selected as a member of the All Star Legacy Stormz team, a competitive cheerleading team that will be representing New Zealand at an international event in Hawaii next month. Only athletes of the highest calibre form across New Zealand were considered for this team.   Yuzu is currently training several…

  • Newsletter Number 6 2016

    ADIDAS FUN RUN Wairau Intermediate will be holding an Adidas School Fun Run as a major fundraising event this year.  The event will be held on Friday 8 July within the school grounds.  The Adidas School Fun Run is a healthy, fun and active fundraiser that ensures we send the right message to our students…

  • Newsletter Number 5 2016

    EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE VISIT The education Review Office will be conducting a review in our school in the week beginning 16 May.  We are looking forward to show-casing our school to them and sharing with them the wonderful things we do in our school.  As part of the review, they are keen to get feedback…

  • Board of Trustee Elections 2016

    2016 Board of Trustee Parent Elections – Wairau Intermediate School School profile number:      1555 Nominations are invited for the election of      six (6)        parent representatives to the board of trustees. Nomination Form Nomination forms have been posted to all eligible voters. If you have a child enrolled in year 6 at a contributing school you…

  • Newsletter Number 4 / 2016

    FUTUREINTECH Yesterday we had seven facilitators from Futureintech visit the students in Blocks 1 and 2, sharing the career experiences of some of New Zealand’s technologists, engineers scientists and mathematicians.  The emphasis was on science and maths jobs and also making the students aware that these positions are as much available for girls as they…

  • ICAS Exams

    Digital Technologies - 17 May – payment deadline 1 April

    Science – 31 May – payment deadline 29 April

    Writing – 13-17 June – payment deadline 13 May

    Spelling - 15 June – payment deadline 16 May

    English – 2 August – payment deadline 17 June

    Mathematics - 16 August – payment deadline 17 June

  • Newsletter Number 3 / 2016

    ENTERTAINMENT BOOK We’re fundraising with the new 2016/17 Entertainment Book/Digital memberships.  Entertainment Memberships are filled with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the finest restaurants, cafes, attractions, activities, retailers and hotel accommodation. To order yours, click on this link or enter into your browser https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/992×94 or contact Glenda Dakers on 410 7805. …

  • Newsletter Number 2/2016

    Visiting Artist at Sunnynook School Some of our Year 8 art tech students were lucky enough to visit Sunnynook School where FLOX (Hayley King), a spray paint artist, was working on a series of signature bird murals.  We would like to thank the staff and Principal of Sunnynook School for letting our students view Hayley…

  • Newsletter Number 1 2016

    BICYCLE AND SCOOTER LICENCES Students are permitted to start riding bicycles and scooters to and from school with parental approval.  Safety helmets and high visibility vests must be worn at all times by both cyclists and scooter riders.  Training and bike testing will be compulsory and the school will issue a licence to students.  Training…

  • Term One 2016

    Term One begins on Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 8.45am.  All new students are asked to assemble in the school hall from 8.30am.  Returning students can go to their 2015 classroom. We look forward to welcoming all students to the school for the 2016 school year.

  • School Prizegiving

    The school prizegiving will be held in the school hall on Friday 11 December and commences at 9.30am.  Parents and visitors are asked to please be seated by 9.15am.  It is expected that the prizegiving assembly will conclude at approximately 11.15am.

  • Newsletter 10 December 2015

    HIGH FLIERS On Tuesday our High Fliers winners had their scenic flight over Auckland. The lucky winners this year were:  Paradise Lesatele, Olivia Knox, James Russell, Margaret Cudmore, Kyle Datahan.  Accompanying them was Chloe Smith, the winner of the teachers’ draw. Congratulations to them all. For a copy of our newsletter, please click on the…

  • New Uniform Collection

    New uniform is available for collection on the following dates between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

    Friday 29 January

    Tuesday 2 February

  • Newsletter 26 November 2015

    BOARD MINUTE SECRETARY The position of Minute Secretary for the Board of Trustees has become available.  This is a paid position and involves attending monthly meetings, taking the Minutes, then typing and circulating them to Board members prior to the next meeting.   If you are interested in this position, please contact Grant Murray, Principal, on…

  • Newsletter 5 November 2015

    TEACHER ONLY DAY As mentioned in a newsletter which went home last week, this Friday 6 November, we have a Teacher Only Day. This is the last of the training days as part of our new teacher appraisal system.  I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For a copy of our newsletter, please click…

  • Newsletter 21 October 2015

    ART EXTRAVAGANZA On Monday 9 November we are holding our annual Art Extravaganza and exhibition.   The evening begins at 5.00pm with 90 minutes of singing, dancing, marimba and band groups performing on The Terrace, our outdoor performance area.  Students from both Wairau Intermediate and Sunnynook School will be performing.  The art exhibition can be viewed…

  • Newsletter 24 September 2015

    ONZA FESTIVAL Fifteen members of the Wairau Intermediate Marimba Group played at the ONZA 2015 Marimba Festival at the ASB Stadium on Saturday 5 September. They played alongside about 250 students from 13 other schools. The groups have been rehearsing the pieces all year and they were thrilled to be able to share in this…

  • Newsletter 9 September 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS to the students below who had their art selected for the Auckland Middle School Art Exhibition.  The exhibition is to be held at Corbans Estate, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, from 13-20 September.  The opening is on Sunday 13 September from 5.00-7.00pm.   The students are: Farzad Hayatbakhsh, Hannah Balderstone, Amy Moller, Lisa Alias,…

  • Newsletter 20 August 2015

    PE INTENSIVE Each year at Wairau Intermediate School, students have the opportunity to trial for our PE Intensive team, after nomination by their teachers based on their sports abilities. This gives students the opportunity to put themselves through a selection process in which they complete a letter of application, participate in a beep test and…


Learning gives students the power to direct their future.

We provide a learning environment that encourages success.

Wairau Intermediate School’s learning and teaching programmes are designed for:

  • flexibility
  • Individual student’s needs
  • scaffolding to further learning opportunities

Programmes cater for:

  • a range of academic levels for students
  • consolidation, extension and enrichment

Students have access to the latest innovations in learning technology

A copy of our current Strategic Plan is available for viewing at the school office.

Wairau Intermediate School is an internationally respected, research led school recognised for its excellence in teaching, learning, creative work, assessment, and administration.

We are committed to offering Year 7 and 8 students a well-balanced, well planned, and well implemented learning and teaching programmes.

Striving at all times to develop excellence in student achievement, these programmes go beyond the national guidelines set out in curriculum statements.

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • English—Literacy
  • Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology
  • ASKWAI – Inquiry Based Learning
  • Physical Education
  • Second Language Learning
  • ESOL
  • Education Outside the Classroom
  • Outdoor Education/Camps
  • Music / Drama / Dance
  • ICT
  • Tikanga Maori
  • Careers Education
  • Leadership Training


Wairau Intermediate School is a technology and ICT focussed school and is investing heavily in computer technology, presentation technologies, and high speed access to the internet. Technology education at Wairau Intermediate is many faceted and is provided in a variety of ways.


Highly trained teachers provide learning experiences in Food Technology, Metal Technology, Wood Technology, Visual Arts and Music. All children rotate through these five areas over the year. Extension classes are also offered in these subjects for pupils identified as having ability in these areas. Modern, attractive, well-resourced technology rooms offer an environment that fosters learning and gives a huge variety of hands on experiences.

Wairau Intermediate has a High Fliers Club to reward all consistent achievers in the school. This is to encourage the children who always try their best, complete their homework, wear their uniform correctly, are courteous and considerate and work well with others.

Students are nominated by their teachers; after three nominations they become members of the High Fliers Club. These children are recognised at assemblies and receive a membership badge and certificate. At the end of the year the names of all members go into a draw and the lucky five win a scenic helicopter flight over Auckland.


Below is a list of sports that Wairau Students regularly are involved in at our local Zone days.  Some sports are offered outside of school hours, such as Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Water Polo and Table Tennis.  There almost isn’t a week that goes by that doesn’t have a team of keen and eager students out and about, representing Wairau Intermediate School.

  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Cricket
  • Triathlon
  • Orienteering
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Rugby league
  • Hockey
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Kiwi Kick
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
  • Formal Dance
  • Touch
  • Turbo Touch
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Top Team
  • League Tag
  • Athletics

Grant Murray


Kylie Fullerton

Deputy Principal

Margaret Laycock

Principals Secretary

Glenda Dakers


Ethel Reid


Suzie Birch

International Students Director

June Cha

International Students Assistant

Liz Halliday


Ann Wait

Teacher Aide

Wendy Viki

Teacher Aide

Christine Graham


Emma Hegan


Judy Carter

Block Leader, Teacher

David Maritz


Bernadette Walles

Block Leader, Teacher

Teresa Nathan


Rodney Bowden


Chloe Smith


Ryan Pilkington


Rika Kirstein


Teresa Aue

Block Leader, Teacher

Fiona Scott

Team Leader, Art

Narain Achari

Wood Tech

Bern Dell

Metal Tech

Philippa Drake

Performing Arts

Carol Gordon

Food Tech

Esther Steven

Fabric Tech

Hector Maria

Property Manager


Enrolling at Wairau is an easy process, and most excitingly we do not have a zone that you need to worry about. This means that no matter where you live your child has access to all the wonderful opportunities that Wairau Intermediate School offers. It is however very important to enrol your child well in advance of the school year, to help with successful class placements and school organisation. Enrolment forms are available year round and the school hosts enrolment days and evenings in the third term.

Please click on the link below to enrol your child.


Wairau Intermediate School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students and is able to enrol students who are living or not living with their parents in New Zealand.

The school accepts students from all nationalities. Students aged 10 years to 13 years are welcome to enrol.

Please refer to the documents below:

  • International Student Fee – $11,500 per annum, $3200 per term
  • Enrolment Pack
  • NZ Immigration Information for Studying in New Zealand
  • About North Shore City
  • Code of Practice for International Students

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Block One

Block One Day

The first thing that people notice when they come into Block One are the animals-Bobby the budgie, Pretzel the rat, Flipper and Mister the turtles, and the nine tadpoles, some close to turning into frogs. The students all love the animals and enjoy playing with them at interval and lunch time. They add an extra…

Block Two

Block Two Day

Life in Block 2 … Is that of a family; we promote honesty, integrity, commitment and loyalty. We also encourage respect for self and others and tolerance of differences. Students are inspired to be self-motivated, with a love for learning. They are guided to be active participants in their learning, rather than it being seen…

Block Three

Block Three Day

Academic, sporty, industrious, diligence and hard working – just a few attributes that describe the friendly, energetic and wonderful students and teachers in Block 3. We are a variable teaching space with 4 composite classes of year 7 and 8 students. Each student in Block 3 has the opportunity to participate, have a go and…

Block Four

Tech Day

Technology and The Arts are fun, educational and practical. The focus is “hands on” activities, where the students are involved in discovering, doing, making, creating and performing. Music is a fundamental form of expression. At Wairau we provide appropriate instruments that can be experienced playfully and that do not have too many technical obstacles, allowing…