Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura o Waitaha

Excellence in Specialist Education

Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa - We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone

Haere mai welcome to Waitaha School,

We are so very pleased that you have taken the time to 'virtually' visit our school. I am very proud to be Principal of Waitaha School and each day I am overwhelmed with the outstanding achievements of our young people. Waitaha School has a strong sense of community and is very well supported by our Board of Trustees. 

At Waitaha School we encourage our young people to grow, thrive and succeed in learning and life. 

Our goal is to provide a learning environment which is safe, caring and provides exciting future focussed learning. Please take time to explore our website and let our young people show you their stories.

Ngā mihi nui


About us

Waitaha School is a state-funded specialist school for school students with special needs aged 5 – 21 years. We are an accredited fund holder for ORS verified special needs students. As of 2022, Waitaha School has satellite provision at West Rolleston School (Te Pā Harakeke ), Knightstream School (Te Tupu Harakeke) and Rolleston College (Te Rito Harakeke). Waitaha School also has a Community Hub that operates as part of our Waitech programme for our young people transitioning to community. 

The school has input from a range of specialists employed directly by the school including speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, and a physiotherapist.

Te Pū Harakeke - Our School Waiata


Our locations

Base School

12 Lemonwood Drive



Te Pā Harakeke 

West Rolleston School

327 Dunns Crossing Road



Te Tupu Harakeke

Knight Stream School

1 Killarney Avenue



Te Rito Harakeke

Rolleston College

631 Springston Rolleston Road 



Community Hub

Rolleston Rugby Football Club

Dynes Road, Rolleston 7678