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 Resource Centre has RE-OPENED**




Having been closed for an extended period due to COVID-19, the WAVE Resource Centre has now re-opened.

Please click on the poster or here to see Terms and Conditions.









VOICE 2022 Youth Arts Exhibition 




This year's VOICE Youth Arts Exhibition takes place at the ARA Student Cafe, Arthur Street, Timaru.  The theme for 2022 is ONLY ONE PLANET.  It is open to anyone in South Canterbury between the ages of 12 and 24.

The exhibition runs for 2 weeks from 21 September, with opening and awards night on Tuesday 20 September at 6:30pm.  Entries must be received by 4pm, 15th September at the YMCA.

You can access the entry form here: VOICE 2022 Youth Arts Exhibition






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

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.




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 during Term 4 of 2020.

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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The arrival of COVID has presented many challenges for both the education and health sectors and unfortunately WAVE hasn’t been immune.  Our biggest challenge has been weighing up the risk of COVID spread associated with our interactions with education settings, and especially with our resources we loan through the WAVE Resource Centre.  We have experimented with cleaning processes between settings’ use of resources but have had to reluctantly conclude that we cannot do this in a way that guarantees there is no risk of transmission of COVID.  After further consultation with a Public Health Doctor, we will not be re-opening our Resource Centre until there is substantial change to the COVID situation.  At this stage, that is likely to be once a significant proportion of the population has been vaccinated.

We are aware that some settings have already found creative ways to undertake alternate activities without WAVE Resources and our facilitators are certainly happy to help spread any good ideas.

We encourage you to visit our website where you can find:

  • an array of health and wellbeing resources, activities and ideas that can be downloaded
  • links to websites to support your health and wellbeing promotion and curriculum planning.

Our web-based resources can be accessed at any time: https://www.wavesouthcanterbury.co.nz/links-downloads/.

Please be reassured that our WAVE Facilitators and Health Promoters are still available for any support or advice, and when this situation changes, we will let you know.

Rose Orr, WAVE Team Leader
Neil Brosnahan, Regional Manager South Canterbury
Community & Public Health

18 December 2020



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