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Waitaria Bay School 

Contact Us

Tel: 03 573-4377

Email: office@waitariabay.school.nz


5668 Kenepuru Road

RD2 Picton 7282, New Zealand

Board of Trustees

Charter & Strategic Plan  - Click here

The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) - Click here

To read our latest BoT minutes - Click here

Annual Report -  2018


Brenda Sutton


I have been principal of Waitaria Bay School for ten years, having moved from a  principal position of a small school in the North Island. I am also Community of Learning Lead Principal for the Te Wheke Akaronga - Marlborough Sounds. I believe in ensuring, through teaching and learning that our children today gain a love of learning that leads them to be successful in  all aspects of their life. I am a strong advocate for student agency - empowering children to take responsibility for their own learning and encourage the use of thinking skills, initiative and independence.

I am a mother, grandmother and partner , these people in my life are paramount to my happiness ..... along with fishing - hence the longevity of my stay in the sounds - along with my love of the children and their families at our small school.

Emma Hopkinson

BoT Chair

Hi, my name is Emma Hopkinson. Myself and my family are sheep&beef farmers as well as mussel farmers. We have 4 children, with 2 attending WBS. I am Board Chair of WBS and I am also on the board of Te Wheke.

I believe that Education is very important. Education is the ability to inspire others with knowledge. It is knowy what you can do and how you can do it. Education gives you the skills and knowledge to achively participate and keep up with the changing ways of the world.

Emily Osborne

Elected Parent Representative

My name is Emily Osborne, I live on our family farm at the other end of Kenepuru Sound. We take our son by boat to the school bus stop, most of the time it’s a pretty idyllic! The kids at Waitaria Bay School are a small and diverse bunch; they have to learn to get along and work together,- just like the rest of us. I love it that Waitaria has all the facilities of a big school but with an unbeatable teacher student ratio, multilevel learning and lots of input from parent and community volunteers.

I think education is all about giving our kids an introduction to the broad range of ideas and skills that make up a small part of the awesomeness of our world. We want them to forge their own unique paths with creativity and respect and I think Waitaria Bay School sets them up perfectly for this.

Paula Kawasaki

Elected Parent Representative

My name is Paula Kawasaki and I am a Japanese decendent borned in Brazil. After many years studying and getting qualifications, I decided to adventure myself and leave my very busy life behind. Just to start an even busier life as a wife and mother. My husband and I moved to the Sounds 10 years ago to work at a local resort. Soon after, I was a mother of my stepson, now 10 yo and our little girl, now 8 yo. Together, we share our passion for self sustainability, such as hunting, gardening, beekeeping and raising a range of domestic birds. Our children are Sounds kids and being part of WBS team they are becoming independent and confident learners. I believe education is the beginning of a smart curious life that can lead to a wide range of opportunities.  Waitaria Bay School has a small number of learners with big attitude, it has an amazing environment for all children to develop an unimaginable number of skills

Mary Peters

Staff Rep. BoT Secretary

My name is Mary Peters I am the BOT staff representative and secretary and I also share the role of Office Manager at Waitaria Bay School.  I have five children and 6 grandchildren and live in the beautiful Kenepuru Sounds.

My hope for the future of education is that it assists all students in their growth to become happy, independent and well informed individuals and to give them the necessary skills to cope with confidence in our rapidly changing world.