Director’s Message

Kia ora

We are finally getting some sunshine which gives everyone a positive outlook.  Tamariki are loving being outside enjoying the warmer weather. 

Look out for more details about our annual Christmas Party as it is quite an event and one not to be missed.  I would like to reiterate the importance of letting us know with as much notice as possible if your tamaiti will be attending, as this is very helpful information for staff preparing the gifts.

We understand that it is a crazy time of the year. If you are studying, we wish you all the best with your exams and final assignments for the year.  If you are in the workforce good luck with meeting all the deadlines you have until the end of the year.

Some of the Centres are going on end of year outings with the tamariki.  Details will be in each Centre.



Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Zain.  We look forward to getting to know you, and working together in partnership with you and your whānau.

Ka kite to Charlotte and Grace, who have completed their transition to Kōwhai.  Ka kite also to Winter-Love and Emma, who have left Creche. We wish you all the very best in your new adventures. 

Recently we had a 2-week old lamb, Poppy, visit us at Creche.  Many of the children were interested in patting her and watching how she drank her bottle.  It was a great experience for our tamariki to see a real-life lamb, and make connections between this animal and the ones we see in picture books.

A big thank you to those who came by to celebrate Diwali with us.    

Whekī Kaiako


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau!

We certainly are happy that daylight savings is here, and the weather is warming up too (sort of)!  The sunshine lifts everyone’s mood and the children are very happy to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring their natural environment.  We are amazed at the wonders the season brings.  We are enjoying the blossoming flowers that we planted and their bright bursts of colour before they are plucked from their stems by little hands. Our vegetables are growing well with all the rain and sunshine, and the tuis with their melodious calls populate the Kōwhai trees overhead.  Not only that, but some of our tamariki were lucky to visit Kauri and see the newborn chicks that have hatched and are now running around.

We are sad to have Sasha, Aser and their whānau leave us, as they return to their home countries.  Safe travels and hopefully we will get to see you all next year!  

We are also sad to lose one of our much-loved teachers, Asha, who has left us after 7 years to take up a new position in another centre.  We wish her all the best in the next step of her teaching career.

The Kōwhai team


Kia ora Koutou

The Maire Kaiako would like to congratulate Collene (our amazing ancillary person) and Gary on their wedding.  We wish them everlasting happiness. 

Wow! We have had an amazingly busy month.  We celebrated the mid-Autumn festival, a Chinese festival with many traditional and meaningful activities - eating dinner with family, hanging lanterns, guessing lantern riddles and worshipping the moon.  We celebrated with moon cakes made by Sarah Y and Nicole (Kyan’s mum).  Thank you both very much for this.

Sarah Y organised a visit to the Military Museum in Tauwhara for our tamariki that had an interest in cars, planes and anything that moves.  The tamariki got a chance to sit on the old jeeps, trucks and tractors.  Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside the aeroplane, but our tamariki still enjoyed getting up close to look at it.  We also got to meet the lovely owner’s three dogs and their flock of sheep. 

Summer is fast approaching and we can’t wait.  There will be lots of water play, paru clothes and huge amounts of laughter for our first summer in our new whare.

We would like to wish all the pēpē born in Whiringa-ā-nuku a very hari huritau.

Kia pai to ra

Nga Kaiako o Maire


Nau mai, haere mai Kauri

It has been a bit of a wet month here at Kauri, but spring is definitely in the air!

Our vegetable garden is looking very green with lots of plants already producing kai that is ready to be harvested and eaten. Please feel free to bring a bag or container and help yourselves to our garden produce. We have lots of silver beet ready now, with our broad beans and snow peas not far off. We also have rocket, tomatoes, carrots, sweet peas, parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, fennel and pumpkins all starting to sprout.  A big thank you to the Grimm family for donating lots of seedlings!

We have been developing our outdoor environment over the last few months.  Our most recent addition is a fernery which can be found on the dirt hill behind the swings. Feel free to go for a walk with your child and see what you can find together!

The children have been continuing their learning about sustainability. They are recycling more and more of the things they use, largely the soft plastics and the paper they draw on. Our daily rubbish bags seem to be shrinking by the day! Most local supermarkets are now accepting soft plastic recycling for free so if you can start this practice at home, your children will be able to help too.

Seven of our nine eggs hatched and our babies are growing fast. Our chickens are currently residing inside, but soon they will be big enough to move into our chicken run with our other hens.

It is a busy time for children heading off to school, we have just said goodbye to LJ, Renee, Michael and Emily, with Sacha not far behind them. All the best to you and your families as you move onto your next adventure.