Welcome to WAVE South Canterbury

WAVE stands for "Well-being and Vitality in Education". The wording of the name illustrates the link between health and education.

WAVE is a framework for intersectoral work aimed at creating and supporting healthier environments for children and young people in South Canterbury.  [Read More]

This website features an online reservation system for resources available to education settings participating in WAVE.


The WAVE Story Follows on from the Evaluation: 16 years of WAVE. Explains what WAVE is and highlights the successes of WAVE and the lessons learned that can help strengthen health promotion delivery within a new National Public Health Service.


WAVE Evaluation report 16 Years of WAVE in South Canterbury

Kā Huru Manu



Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, uses the latest Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to record and map our Ngāi Tahu stories and place names onto a virtual landscape for future generations.  The online, digital Ngāi Tahu Atlas includes over 1,000 traditional Māori place names that have been fully referenced from whānau manuscripts, published books, 19th century maps, newspaper articles, and a vast array of unpublished material. The atlas also includes information about ara tawhito (traditional travel routes), Native Reserves and other original Māori land allocations such as the SINA and half-cast crown grants. The website tells the story behind the project and celebrates the people who have been involved.


The Cultural Mapping Story



A project dedicated to creating a Ngāi Tahu Atlas of place names and histories, and associated stories within the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area). Visit our Ngāi Tahu Atlas to see over 1,000 traditional place names in Te Waipounamu.



Something Happened Here


Year 4-10 students. 36 treasure hunts reveal the history of a place. Begin with only a specific location. Solve clues. Search archives for more information. Unravel 72 stories. View from different perspectives. Understand history is messy.

Learning Areas: Social Science, The Arts and English

Key Concepts: Aotearoa NZ Histories Curriculum, Research, Validate information


Tātai Aho Rau Core Education


A focus on equity for learners sets us apart. Tātai Aho Rau Core Education's vision is for an equitable and thriving Aotearoa where all learners can experience success. We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi through the design and delivery of learning products and services that support our vision.

Tātai Aho Rau Core Education | About us (core-ed.org)

Te tapa whenua: naming the land



Place names tell us where we are and where we might want to go. On maps they help us find our way around. But place names are also important landmarks of the history, culture and identity of our nation and the communities within it. Before Māori language was written down, tapa whenua helped to record history and define relationships between people and the land. These place names tell stories of creation myths, ancestors, explorers, notable events, as well as describe landscape features and identify resources.

Travel online with LEARNZ to:

  • discover the stories and reasons behind Ngāi Tahu place naming throughout this area
  • explore the connection of people to special places and environments
  • inquire into how place names represent the story of settlement by a range of people in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • consider the importance of place names and their stories being handed down, retained and restored
  • inquire into the significance and stories behind place names in your own rohe.

Watch the video here:  https://www.learnz.org.nz/mapmywaahi221


Korohi o te Pēpi & FLAVA 2024 Dates 6th & 7th September 

Previous years entry are available to view through the FLAVA 2.0 YouTube channel




Healthy Food and Drink Toolkits for Early Learning Services and Schools

     Healthy Food & Drink Toolkit - ELS

     Healthy Food & Drink - schools


The Ministries of Education and Health have produced Healthy Food and Drink Toolkits – for Early Learning Services and for schools, both in English and Te Reo.  These resources provide practical guidance for enhancing healthy food and drink policies, events and fundraisers, information to share with whānau, snippets for newsletters and social media, along with a range of resources for canteens including menu ideas. To find out more, download the resources and talk with your WAVE facilitator who can work with your ECE or school as you use these toolkits.

Healthy Food and Drink Toolkit - Early Learning Services

He Kete Rauemi Kai Hauora mā ngā - Ratonga Mātauranga Kōhungahunga


Healthy Food and Drink Toolkit - Schools

He Kete Rauemi Kai Hauora mā ngā - Kura





TE HĀ O AORAKI - THE BREATH OF AORAKI, South Canterbury Toothbrushing Programme

Evaluation of the Toothbrush Pilot Programme

This evaluation captures the initial experiences of the kaiako, tamariki and whānau participating in the Te Hā o Aoraki.

EvaluationEvaluating the Toothbrushing Pilot Programme - Te Hā o Aoraki - Arowhenua Māori School

Info graphic: Evaluation Summary

Media ArticleToothbrushing pilot a success at Arowhenua Māori School


Toothbrushing Guidelines

Te Hā o Aoraki - The Breath of Aoraki, South Canterbury Toothbrushing Programme, is currently being offered to a selection of ECE and schools in South Canterbury.  For all other ECE and schools who would like to start their own toothbrushing programme see the following guidelines. 

Download: Toothbrushing Guidelines


WAVE has introduced a new Links & Downloads section which is for kaiako to access various guides, toolkits, websites and programmes to assist your ECE and school in promoting healthy choices and lifestyles and to enable you to incorporate these programmes into your curriculum.

If you need further assistance or more information on these toolkits and programmes, please contact your WAVE Facilitator.

We have also included links as to where you can purchase some of our resources if you wish to do so.

Go to our Links & Downloads section.



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