"Michelle [student name changed for privacy] still strives to do and be the best person she can be.  Since leaving Haeata she has found full-time employment and in a short period of time is now a team leader for a Huge New Zealand company as well as having offices worldwide.

We are so proud of Michelle's achievements, her strong sense of responsibility in her work ethics and towards her whanau. We are assured that due to the participation in the programs that were offered to her whilst being a student at Haeata definitely helped Michelle on the pathway to being a Young Leader of Tomorrow." - Parent of student in Services Programs at Haeata

The Haeata Community Campus Services Programme is a military-focused programme supported by both the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Defence Force's Youth Development Unit. The programme is targeted at year 12 and 13 students, both boys and girls who might be considering a career in the armed forces or other like agencies such as NZ Police and NZ Fire Service.


Our ākonga ( students) will participate in the normal day to day learning with all other ākonga at Haeata and will be expected to work alongside kaiako and our Kaiārahi Ope Katua (Leader of the Defence Programme). Services ākonga will have access to all resources and learning to give them the best possible opportunity to attain their goals of a career in the defence force.


Included in the programme, along with educational outcomes, is a strong focus on developing students' self-discipline and maturity, collaborative and problem solving skills.  Along the way we support students to establish and maintain positive and respectful relationships with others.  

Students in the services programme will participate in a range of motivating and challenging learning experiences:


  • a two week induction course at Burnham Military Camp

  • a military style tramping and camping course at Mt White Station

  • a basic leadership course

  • an advanced leadership course

  • the Coast-to-Coast adventure challenge

  • daily fitness and strength based training

  • Military marching drills

  • team building and confidence building activities

  • volunteering in our local community

  • the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold)


The Kaiwhakahaere Ope Katua for Haeata’s Services Programme is Staff Rāwiri Waaka, an ex regular force army training instructor. Staff Waaka brings over 17 years of military experience and skill to the programme and and a passion for support ākonga to achieve.   


Further Information / Contact

Rāwiri Waaka

Services Programme

Haeata Community Campus

Email: rawaaka@haeata.school.nz 

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