The Ministry of Education has appointed a new bus provider (Madge Coachlines) to run the school bus services from Peka Peka and Reikorangi to Paraparaumu College. (Madge Coachlines have contracted Uzabus to provide these services) These buses are for students who live in Peka Peka and Reikorangi only and these students will be issued with a bus pass from the school in the first few weeks of the start of the school year. Unfortunately, those students who don’t live in these areas are not eligible to travel on these buses. This means that students are not able to get on and off at Waikanae School. For the beginning of 2022 we have confirmation of the following changes for students travelling to Paraparaumu College by bus.
- If you live Waikanae East you can use the 281 service using a Snapper card then transfer for free on to the next school service at Countdown (within a 30 minute period). These Metlink buses will travel directly to Paraparaumu College and you will need a Snapper card or cash for this service. (507 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Departs 8.25am, Thursday – Departs 9.40am / 508 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Departs 8.15am, Thursday – Departs 9.40am / 510 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – Departs 8.20am, Thursday – Departs 9.45am).
- There is no longer the option to purchase a term bus pass to travel from Waikanae School.
- Metlink run school buses from Waikanae Beach (510), or Ngaio Road (507) and Te Moana Road/Rimu Road (508) to Countdown, then run via Greendale Drive, Otaihanga direct to Paraparaumu College.
Metlink buses also run from Paraparaumu railway station to the college.
Please refer to the Snapper website for all of the information including how to register and topping up your card.
We understand that these changes have caused concern for some parents, particularly around whether there will be sufficient capacity on the buses leaving from Countdown. Arrangements for the Peka Peka and Reikorangi bus services are organised by the Ministry of Education, rather than the school, but we are aware of your concerns and will be monitoring how well the new arrangements work.
This information can be found on the Metlink website www.metlink.org.nz