At Riwaka School, we want all students to develop a lifelong love of learning and have the skills to enable them to confidently and competently paddle their own waka.

Our goal is to develop the child’s full potential so that each is happy and confident in their abilities, are caring and tolerant towards others and are able to lead full lives in an ever changing global and technological world.

Principal's Welcome

Nau mai, haere mai,

It is my privilege to welcome you to Riwaka School!
Our awesome school is located at the edge of the Abel Tasman in the heart of Riwaka, surrounded by maunga (mountains) and moana (the sea).

With approximately 200 students, we are a medium-sized primary school. Our tamariki enjoy spacious grounds which accommodate three playgrounds, an 8 x 25m swimming pool, a pump track and a fitness circuit. Our students have the option to participate in many sporting, cultural and EOTC opportunities – making the most of our local surroundings as much as possible.

We are committed to ensuring that a positive, safe learning environment is created and maintained where all students are able to achieve to their full potential.  Our school values are We self manage, Actively respect, Keep engaged and Adjust to change (WAKA). These are explicitly focussed on schoolwide and provide a foundation for all that we do.

We love to celebrate the progress and achievements of our students as we share in their learning journey and life.  We aspire for all our tamariki to be the best they can be, now and into the future – growing the skills and confidence to paddle their own waka.

Ko te ahurei o te taimati arahia ō tātou māhi
Let the uniqueness of each child guide our work

Adele Lidgard
Tumuaki – Principal

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Term dates


Term 1 Wed, 1 February – Wed, 5 April

Term 2 Mon, 24 April – Fri, 30 June

Term 3 Mon, 17 July – Fri, 22 September

Term 4 Mon, 9 October – Fri, 15 December



Term 1 starts Thu, 1 February

Term 4 ends Tue, 17 December at 12.30pm

Public Holidays 2023

  • Mon, 6 February – Waitangi Day
  • Fri, 7 April – Good Friday
  • Mon, 10 April – Easter Monday
  • Tue, 25 April – ANZAC Day
  • Mon, 5 June – King’s Birthday
  • Fri, 14 July – Matariki
  • Mon,  23 October – Labour Day