What happens after leaving School?


This service is available to students who have very high needs, are ORRS funded and in their last year at school. It aims to provide uninterrupted movement for students in their last year of school into post school education, employment and/or community services and activities. We want to help students and families to ensure there is a co-ordinated plan so that students goals can be achieved. 

What can students expect from Transition Services?

  • to be listened to

  • to be treated with dignity and respect

  • to be central to any decision making and planning

  • to receive information and resources

Transition Services will support students to explore their options, monitor their progress and work with other agencies as required.

Transition Services will assist with:

  • creating transition plans.

  • goal setting.

  • informed decision making.

  • taking responsibility for actions and achievements.

  • achievement of goals.

  • access to employment and/or community options.

  • having the same rights and opportunities as other people.

Our obligations include making a written agreement with all parties to work with an eligible student. We will provide an individualised transition plan and report on what services and activities have been provided. This will include what the outcomes have been, and finally monitoring and reviewing the goals over an agreed period of time.

For more information please email our Transition Co-ordinator Tracey Meikle.


Recently Pou Whakaaro's Innovative Employment team headed to the Transition Roadshow that was held in Whakatane. The afternoon was a success with Peter an Maree being great advocates for our services.

Peter came to us as a transition student from Trident High School. Peter has successfully completed our transition programme and is currently enjoying our Navigation Services. Peter enjoyed representing Pou Whakaaro and is currently participating in our Independent Living courses, entering the Rotary Best Speakers competition, attends a budget cooking class, has joined the Whakatane Badminton Club outings and is involved in our Personal Planning workshops. 

Maree has come to us from Trident High School and is a current transition student.  Maree too has joined the Rotary Best Speakers competition and is doing her best to attend the National Competition in Wellington with the support of our Navigation team. 


Maree did very well at the Transition Roadshow, and especially enjoyed chatting with other community groups and would like to be involved further with promoting our transition services. 

If you would like to find out more about our Innovative Employment services, contact our team today.

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Peter Rosevear and Maree Rouse advocate to the community, our transition service.