Wairau Valley Special School

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini
My success is not mine alone, as success is the work of many.

Auckland State of Emergency


As you all know, our city is in a state of emergency due to the severe weather we are experiencing.

Please reach out to the WVSS team if you need assistance.

There are a number of warnings in place currently due to the ongoing rain, please read the following.

If you are unsafe, call 111.


People should avoid floodwaters where possible and children should not play in it. In addition to the danger of drowning and debris, floodwater may also be contaminated with septic system overflows.

Flood water can rise quickly so avoid unnecessary travel, put your safety first and stay out of flood water. Remember, if your life, health, or property is in danger, phone 111.


If you are concerned about a slip affecting your home or a road, firstly make sure you and your family are safe. If there’s an immediate risk to life or an occupied building, evacuate, warn your neighbours, and dial 111.

Following that, please report the details of the slip to the relevant bodies. These are:

For landslides on private land, the landowner (or if you are the landowner, your insurance company)

For landslides that might affect public land, contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101.

For landslides that might affect public roads, contact Auckland Transport on 09 355 3553.

To report flooding, damage to drains, or stormwater issues, Auckland Council wants people to report online here.


Metservice currently have a Heavy Rain Watch in place from Sunday morning through until 6am Monday. They are expecting rain to move into Tāmaki Makaurau throughout today with the potential for bursts of heavy rain with impacts felt later this afternoon and overnight.


Watercare report there is no truth to the rumour that North Shore residents need to boil their water.

"Tap water across Auckland is safe to drink and you do not need to boil it."


You can see the outages map here.


Across the Auckland district there are still a number of road closures. Please avoid travel if you can but if you must travel, please check your route here.


It is important to clean and dry your house and everything in it. Floodwater may contain sewage and other hazardous materials which can contaminate your home.

Wear protective clothing and wash hands thoroughly after clean-up and before handling food.

Contact your insurer before starting clean up. Take photos and videos of the damage and anything that needs to be thrown – you’ll need these for insurance purposes.

If you engage with any paid services to assist with your cleanup, keep a copy of your receipt in case your insurer requires it.

Government Assistance through Work & Income:

Information around what support and assistance you are able to access can be found here.

Taikura Trust Clients Flood Response

If you are a client or Taikura and are in danger, have been evacuated and need help, and/or have any urgent or emergency disability support requirements you can call Taikura Trust on:

0800-824-5872 or 09-278-6314 or you can email info@taikura.org.nz

A Call Center and Response team has been stood up to assist. They will be trying to reach as many families as possible to check in, and will send out an email later today reiterating this information.


At this stage, we are proceeding with the plan that school can open for the first day of school this Wednesday 1st February, however with the State of Emergency in place, we are waiting on advice from the ministry of education confirming this.

We will update all families as soon as we have confirmed information.

The team at Wairau are checking emails regularly or you can message via our families facebook page. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to.

Email :admin@wvss.school.nz, or message through our WVSS Families Group Page

Take care everyone.

First School Day for 2023:

Wednesday 1st February

School hours will be 8.30am to 2.30pm - this includes all satellite classes. Students can be dropped to school from 8.15am. Staff will be available at all sites from this time.

Transport providers have been advised and are currently working to ensure all students meet their drivers before school resumes.

If you have any changes in your circumstances, you can update us by emailing: admin@wvss.school.nz

Finlays News

Read about the little project Finlays family have been working on to ensure he gets to go on holiday too.


Welcome to our website, please take a look around.

If you need to contact us directly:
Call: 09 444 5552 or Email:

Principals Welcome

Haere Mai, Welcome to Wairau Valley Special School (WVSS)

WVSS is a school dedicated to meeting the unique learning needs of students from 5-21 years of age in the North Shore area. All our students are funded under the Ministry of Education’s Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) for Special Education.

We have 27 classes located across six sites. These include satellite classes catering for primary and intermediate students, secondary options, and a transition centre for students aged 17 and over. Satellite classes are classes that belong to a specialist school but are in a ‘mainstream’ setting. In addition, we run a Specialist Teacher Outreach Service which supports ORS-funded students to be fully included in their mainstream schools.

We have small class sizes with skilled teachers, therapists, and teacher aides. We provide quality learning programmes tailored to the individual needs of our students. The New Zealand Curriculum is personalized to ensure it meets the specific learning profile of each student. This includes a focus on Literacy and Numeracy as well as the Key Competencies which emphasize Social, Communication, Physical and Self-Management skills and development.

We are a passionate and committed staff focused on engaging our students to develop to their full potential. Our students are at the heart of all our work as we seek to ensure they are fully included in the world they are learning more about every day. We believe strongly in the need for an understanding, inclusive and responsive community and we are aware that we play an important part in helping to create this community for our students and their families.

My door is always open so please feel free to contact the school and make a time to come and see me.

Nga mihi nui

Natalie Todd


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