Reading Recovery: Wendy Nikolaison, Email:

English as a Second Language:

  • The school provides programmes and assistance for children who do not have English as their first language and need extra tuition. 
  • The Ministry of Education provides a limited amount of extra funding, for refugee families or families who arrive to live and work in NZ for the first time.

Special Needs and Abilities:

  • The school maintains a register of students who need extra support and assistance at school.  We are an inclusive school.
  • Families are encouraged to come and talk with the team leader and class teachers to ensure children get the best support possible.
  • Where necessary we will discuss with families the options of referring students on to the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour or other support agencies.


Dental Therapist:    Hastings Community Dental Clinic,  Phone:  06 873 4860

The clinic is located at the rear of Hastings Central and Kowhai Schools (Hastings Street Entrance).  When the clinic is in operation it is open all week.  You will be notified directly from the Clinic when your child has an appointment.  Parents must arrange for transport to any appointments.  If your child has a toothache and requires dental treatment outside of the yearly visit, then you are able to contact the clinic to arrange an additional appointment.

If you have recently relocated to Hawke’s Bay and are wanting to enrol your child/children into the Community Oral Health Service (COHS) please contact the service administrator by calling 0800 Talk Teeth (0800 825 583) who will arrange for the necessary paperwork to be forwarded to you to give consent.

Public Health Nurse:   Deb Richardson,  Phone:  06 879 9440 

Public Health Nurses work in the community promoting health advice and support through schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEC). They promote and deliver immunisation programmes. They undertake communicable disease detection and prevention work. 

Social Worker:  Awaiting Appointment

The Social Worker in Schools (SWiS) initiative provides a school based Birthright Hawkes Bay/ Oranga Tamariki Social Worker to assist children and families to make positive changes in their lives.  Referrals can be made by whanau, school (Principal, teachers or staff) a community group, or a child can refer themselves.  Some reasons for making a referral may include changes in child’s behaviour, mood or school performance, peer relationships, whanau relationships or difficulties, or your family may need support when in contact with other agencies. 

Vision Hearing Technicians

Visit each year to provide children’s vision and hearing screening, to detect hearing loss and vision defects.  Parents are notified directly of any recommendations from the Technician.  Referrals can be made through the Class Teacher/SENCO.