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.

2017 Term Dates:

Term 1          1 February – 13 April (Year 8 Students

                      2 February – 13 April (Year 7 Students)

Term 2:         1 May – 7 July

Term 3:         24 July – 29 September

Term 4:         16 October – 15 December 


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.

  • Newsletter Number 5 2017

    GIRLS SELF DEFENCE Once again we are offering self defence lessons to our Year 8 girls.  This course is run by the Women’s Self Defence Network-Wahine Toa.  The girls will learn how to deal with acquaintance and stranger attacks including being followed, obscene phone calls, and safety issues relating to text and the internet.  These…

  • Newsletter Number 4 2017

    SCHOOL SOCIAL On Wednesday 12 April we are holding a school social from 7.00-9.00pm in the school hall.  A permission letter will go home on the day of the social and this needs to be signed and returned with your child, along with the $5.00 entry fee.   There will be no admittance to the social…

  • Newsletter Number 3 2017

    FIRST AID KIT FUNDRAISER As our first fundraising effort for the year, we are offering parents the opportunity to purchase a quality first aid kit for only $40.  These first aid kits are excellent value for money, a practical item for all households and ideal for your civil defence emergency supplies.  They also make a great…

  • Newsletter Number 2 2017

    SHORE TO SHORE. The annual Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk will be held this year on Sunday 9 April commencing at 9.00am.  All students were given an information brochure about the event.  Entry costs are $10 for the fun run/walk and $15 for the timed race and $3 for a one way bus ticket.   Please…

  • Newsletter Number 1 2017

    SCHOOL LEADERS Throughout this year, Mrs Scott will be working with our School Leaders on a leadership programme.  Our School Leaders for 2017 are: Block One:  Shania Aholelei, Cathy Wang, Kirsten de Guzman, Mark Nelson, Robyn Hofmeyr, Peni Talafou, Kia Sampson, Ben Akers Block Two:  Eian Que, Dahamsha Panamulla, Sarayah Scully, Dante Keelan-Ellis, Tessa Seed,…

  • Newsletter Number 16 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS Earlier this year Christine Lu took part in  the ICAS Writing Competition and received a Certificate of High Distinction. Last Friday Christine attended the ICAS awards ceremony held in Auckland and was presented with an ICAS medal recognising her as the top Year Eight student in Writing in New Zealand. A fantastic achievement by…

  • Newsletter Number 15 2016

    YEAR 8 SOCIAL The Year 8 social is fast approaching and will be held in two weeks time on Wednesday 7 December from 7.00pm-9.30pm in our school hall.  There will a wonderful DJ, laser lights and a fun photo booth.  The theme for the night will be “Night Under the Stars” and there will be…

  • Newsletter Number 14 2016

    PAST PUPIL SUCCESS Katie Turner is a past pupil of Wairau Intermediate School who completed her Masters of Architecture at the end of 2015. Entitled “The Fictional Generator”, her thesis interrogated the structural form and descriptive content of New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton’s novel “The Luminaries”, in order to generate four craft buildings and a…

  • Newsletter Number 13 2016

    ART EXHIBITION OPENING & EXTRAVAGANZA On Monday 7 November we are holding our annual Art Exhibition and Extravaganza.  This year we are incorporating market stalls in this annual family event.  The evening begins at 5.00pm with singing, dancing, marimba and band groups performing on The Terraces, our outdoor performance area.  Students from both Wairau Intermediate and…

  • Newsletter Number 12 2016

    ICAS WRITING RESULTS Congratulations to the following students who achieved excellent results in the ICAS Writing Test.   Certificate of High Distinction: Christine Lu, Sarah-Anne Meares Certificate of Distinction: Nathan Xu, Sophia Zhang Certificate of Credit:  Revathy Gunasegaran, Sadheera Weerapperuma, Kayla McHugh, Dev Patel, Gabriel Zhu Certificate of Merit: Megha Kundapur   Added congratulations to…

  • AIMS Games 2016

      Congratulations to all our competitors who took part in this year’s AIMS games held in Tauranga in early September.  They all displayed great skills and tremendous sportsmanship.  Our competitors were: Sadheera Weerapperuma, 4th in the girls’ singles tennis Young Sun, 1st in the teams table tennis Young Sun, 4th in the boys’ singles table…

  • Newsletter Number 11 2016

    AIMS GAMES Next week we have four students going to Tauranga to participate in the Aims Games.  The Aims Games bring together over 8,000 intermediate aged children to compete in a variety of sports.  This year we have the following students participating:  Nathan Xu, Thomas Liang and Yu Yang Sun who are competing in Table…

  • Newsletter Number 10 2016

    NZEI MEETING The NZEI and PPTA, the primary teachers’ unions, have called a stop work meeting for Friday 9 September at 1.30pm at the North Shore Events Centre. The meeting is to discuss proposed changes to the way schools are funded.  School will finish for the day on 9th September at 12.45pm. The school bus…

  • Newsletter Number 9 2016

    SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF “THE TEMPEST” On Tuesday 23 August and Wednesday 24 August we are holding performances of our school production “The Tempest”, in our school hall.  The play has been adapted into a one hour musical especially for primary school aged children.  “The Tempest” is a tale of magic, mystery, mischief, malevolence, and then…

  • Newsletter Number 8 2016

    REPORTS Teachers are currently preparing the end of year reports.  Students from Blocks 1 and 2 will take their reports home tomorrow, 1 July.  Block 3 reports will go home early next week.   It is very important that parents ensure their child’s reports are stored safely at home.  School reports are an important document and…

  • Newsletter Number 7 2016

    Board of Trustees’ Election Declaration of Parent Election Results At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was fewer than the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected: Mr Alan Curtis Ms Sophia Jalil Mr Antony van Iersel Ms Michelle Webb-Atkinson   Declaration of Staff…

  • 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…


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



Margaret Laycock

Principal’s Secretary


Judy Carter

Deputy Principal, Block Leader


Glenda Dakers



Ethel Reid



Suzie Birch

International Students Director


Daniel Oh

International Students Advisor


Liz Halliday



Lorraine Beven

Lorraine Beven

Counsellor / Arts Therapist


Ann Wait

Teacher Aide


Va Viti

Teacher Aide


Susheel Awadh

Teacher Release


Bev Bibby

ESOL Teacher


Judy Carter

Deputy Principal, Block Leader


Chloe Smith



Emma Hegan



Adam Phillips



Bernadette Walles

Block Leader, Teacher


Rika Kirstein



Teresa Nathan



Teresa Aue

Block Leader, Teacher


Ryan Pilkington



Christine Graham



Lyn Davis



Fiona Scott

Team Leader, Art


Narain Achari

Wood Tech


David Bryant

David Bryant

Metal Tech


Philippa Drake

Performing Arts


Carol Gordon

Food Tech


Esther Steven

Fabric Tech


Hector Maria

Property Manager


Tess Karlsson




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…