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 web site features an online reservation system for resources available to education settings participating in WAVE.


Check out this video on how WAVE has helped and supported Rural Scholars ELC in their work with tamariki. 



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Check out our WAVE Case Studies here


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Education setting-based health promotion in New Zealand: Evaluating the wellbeing and vitality in education (WAVE) programme

It's great to see the awesome work you're doing shared with an international audience through the Health Promotion International Journal!

The link to the abstract is here.


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"Alcohol and your teenager" is a new resource from WAVE which provides parents and caregivers with clear information regarding alcohol and young people.  It also outlines responsibilities of parents and caregivers under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.  The information leaflets are available in hard copy which schools can access via their WAVE Facilitator or you can contact Community & Public Health on (03) 687 2600.

Check out the A4 version of the leaflet here.




Check out our new guide for ECE, School and Community Event Organisers here.

Included are sample food and nutrition policies for events and education settings as well as ideas for healthy prizes, kai, and healthy fundraisers.

Professional Development or an introduction to the guide is available at your setting's staff meetings.  Contact your WAVE Facilitator for more information.


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Following the invitation sent by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health in 2016, this water-only toolkit has been developed for schools to use as a quick and easy guide on how to become water-only.  The toolkit contains information and resources to support your school along the way.

By adopting a water-only policy, whereby water and low-fat plain milk are the only drinks available at your school, you are taking a positive step towards improving the health and behaviour of your students.

Check out the toolkit here.

Contact your WAVE Facilitator for more information.