Learn. Achieve. Succeed.

Through whānau and families, staff, and students working together, we know we can learn, achieve, and succeed as individuals and as a community.

Haere mai, Afio mai a, Malo e me’a mai, Aere mai, Fakaalofa atu, welcome. We are a school where all learners are valued and celebrated. We strive for excellence in all that we do.

Holistic learning

Our team of professional and dedicated Support Staff, Teachers, and Specialists work together to design quality educational programmes for students with special learning needs. We teach the New Zealand Curriculum with a focus on the key competencies, to provide a holistic programme which is centred on the individual needs of each student.

Our students

Our students are aged between 5 and 21 years of age, and learn either at our Base School in Taradale, or in one of our satellite classes at Nelson Park School, Tamatea Primary School, Tamatea Intermediate, and Tamatea High School. Many of our young adult students enjoy preparing for life after school at Te Rangimarie, our Transition Centre in Bridge Pa.

Our Kaupapa & Guiding Principle

'Whānau Ako - Learning Together'. For all students to be proud of who they are; learning, achieving and successfully participating in their community.

Our specialist team – FAST

We are dedicated in providing specialist services to our students and family whānau to support successful educational outcomes.

We are dedicated in providing specialist services to our students and family whānau to support successful educational outcomes. Our Staff and FAST provide a seamless service for our students and their family whānau. We work closely with family whānau, our teaching and support staff, and outside agencies such as the Child Development Service (CDS) and the Ministry of Education to ensure a holistic and collaborative approach. Our Staff embed specialist programmes into our students’ school day. Specialists goals align with the New Zealand Curriculum and Key Competencies.

Speech and Language Therapy

Angelina and Nicole work within Fairhaven School to assess and plan programmes for developing communication and eating and drinking skills. Our aim is for students to increase their independence and to enable them to have a voice. Through our work, our students are successful in using a variety of low and high tech communication systems for their everyday lives.

Nicole Hollamby
Speech & Language Therapist
Angelina Stephens
Speech & Language Therapist
Specialist Services Coordinator

Occupational Therapy

Katy’s work promotes our students well-being and independence. Therapy may include developing programmes around activities of daily living and personal cares; development of hand function and fine motor skills; sensory processing and visual perceptual skills. Katy assesses for and provides specialist equipment and assistive technology to support students’ access to the curriculum.

Katy Byrne
Occupational Therapist


Miki works with students with physical or complex needs to develop and maintain muscle strength, joint range of movement, balance, co-ordination, mobility, core stability, and fitness. Her programmes and equipment ensure our students postural or movement needs are met. Miki practices the Halliwick method of Hydrotherapy, an important therapy for some of our students.

Miki Skeels

Music Therapy

Chelsea uses music and musical elements in holistic, goal-oriented and individualised ways with students to "...assist with the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs" (Music Therapy NZ, 2011). She uses a range of instruments, and singing or vocalising to engage and motivate students. Focusing on our students’ strengths is Chelsea’s forte.

Chelsea Savaiinaea
Music Therapist

Educational Psychology

Our Educational Psychologist John Medcalf works with our students alongside staff and family whānau to enhance positive engagement and to promote successful learning outcomes. He provides support, assessment, advice and guidance around individualised programmes relevant to student behaviour and specific learning styles.

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Contact us

We invite you to contact us if you have any questions, would like further information, or would like to visit us. 
We would love to meet you.
Diane Whyte

Fairhaven School & Office

Phone: (06) 844 2212


Postal Address:
PO Box 7460
Napier 4141

Physical Address:
30b Meeanee Road
Napier 4112