The Community

The school district comprises two generally distinct parts - Havelock Township and the Kaituna Valley, often called Havelock Suburban. The school also draws students from the fringe areas of Moenui, Linkwater, Blackball and Okaramio due to the availability of a bus service, transport allowances or parental desire. From time to time students come from Anakiwa, Canvastown and Renwick.

Most families in the area gain income from aquaculture, farming, cropping, forestry and tourism or the related service industries. Mussel and salmon farming/processing contributes most to the local economy and provides full employment opportunities for families and young school leavers alike. Many young families are attracted to the area by the industry. Housing stock remains at a premium. Expansion at Sanfords and growth in tourism continue to give buoyancy to the local economy. Port Marlborough has invested significant capital in its expansion of the marina/port complex and this will in turn support future confidence and growth. Continuing town developments - marina extensions, industry expansion, town sewerage scheme, land re-zonings, new business ventures etc, all point to future progress for the town. Approximately 50% of the population is retired or semi-retired. Collectively these people play an important part in the demography of the area. The small number of new homes being built each year reflects this confidence although some are bought for investment rather than a family home.

The community is very supportive of the school and follows all events with interest and in return the school is supportive of community activities.

The area has a number of sports clubs - rugby, netball and bowling clubs being particularly well supported. Service organisations such as the Havelock Community Association, Lions, St Johns, Museum Society, Pelorus Community Pre-School and several churches all reflect the interests and nature of the wider community. The services of local police, ambulance, fire brigade and doctor make for a safe and caring place in which to live.

The majority of families are of European descent, some with long New Zealand ancestry. There are few families of Māori descent and these are represented through the Runanga a Rangitane o Kaituna and more generally Ngati Kuia who are recognised as tangata whenua with a local marae situated at Te Hora (Canvastown). Those from both iwi living locally have been willing to share their skills and knowledge with the school from time to time.

A high proportion of students come from two parent families that have full employment and regular family income. Given this relatively stable platform, a broad cross-section of life’s challenges still confront students. The children are well provided for and most have little difficulty finding money for school activities and trips etc. School fundraising activities are equally well supported.