Kia ora everyone

It has been so wet lately, making lots of puddles for our tamariki to stomp through!  Spring is on its way and there are spring flowers popping up everywhere.

Next week I am travelling to China on an all-expenses paid trip to join in the very exciting opening of the Chengdu Hamilton Luxelake School and Kindergarten.  I will be representing the Campus Creche community at this auspicious occasion.

Sue Bennett



Kia ora Whekī whānau

Nau mai haere mai ki Whekī to our new friends: Valentina & Roman. We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau during your time here. Ka kite to Frida and Maya who have now moved onto Kōwhai. We wish you all the best in your new, exciting and adventurous transition! E noho rā to Merisa and Karlaine who have moved on from Creche. We wish the best for your families in all their endeavours.

This month has been a busy month for us, welcoming new tamariki and farewelling the older ones. We have started to see the early beginnings of spring: flowers blossoming, and the odd bit of rain and sunshine. The tamariki enjoy being outside, seeing new colours and exciting textures as new leaves and flowers begin to blossom.

A lot of our tamariki have been enjoying climbing different obstacles and objects. A current favourite is our blue children’s couches - which tamariki love to climb, sit on, play by, and even taste!

Drawing has also been a recent interest of our tamariki. Following recent research when planning these learning experiences, we draw alongside tamariki. Research supports this by showing that children develop extensive mark-making and drawing skills when they learn to draw in a collaborative way.

As tamariki are spending more time outside, we would like to kindly remind you to bring your wet-bags daily. We do not have any plastic bags onsite and this will help us send any wet/muddy clothing home after a day full of fun.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whekī Kaiako


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau!

We would like to extend a big welcome to our newest tamariki – Maya, Frida, Elhuam and Alia!  We welcome our new whānau too and look forward to getting to know you, sharing in your child’s learning journey during your time with us at Kōwhai. Sadly, we say goodbye to Theo and whānau, as well as   Indie, Lujane and their families.  We wish you all the best as you move to Maire.

We have been busy in the centre developing a new area outside with tamariki called Kura huna ā Papatūānuku – hidden treasures of the earth.  We are hoping that the new setup will provide lots of opportunities for our creepy crawlies and other creatures to find a home.  This also provides a fabulous learning opportunity for tamariki, as they are able to discover and learn about our natural world and its treasures.  Be sure to check it out when you come in next time!


Our regular walks to the University have also been wonderful ways for tamariki to learn about the community in which we live and foster a connection to Papatūānuku.  It has been quite windy and often raining on these walks, but that has not deterred us from all the fun we have been having in the puddles and piles of leaves!

Ngā mihi nui

Kōwhai Team


Teenaa koutou katoa Maire whaanau

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire whare Lujane, Indie and whaanau.  We look forward to getting to know you during your time here in Maire. 

Ka kite anoo Jassmeh, Martin, Chi Pham and whaanau.  Wishing you all the best for the rest of year.  This is not goodbye but see you again soon.

August has by far been the worst month weather wise.  Zumba, dancing, soccer, swinging and jumping have been some of the ways our tamariki have decided to release some of their energy. 

We have three days a week when we venture out into the community.  Sarah Y takes a group out for a walk every Monday and the other kaiako take turns taking our tamariki out to the Taitua Arboretum. 

Sarah M and some of our tamariki have started planting out the seedlings that we have grown at Matariki.  Our tamariki have become quite knowledgeable about insects, how to plant and what our plants need to grow. 

Hari huritau to all the peepee born in Here turi-kookaa.  We hope you all have an amazing day.

Kia pai to ra

Maire Kaiako


This month has been the wettest yet, which has meant we have lots of puddles and mud to splash in. The mud pit has been busy, busy, busy, with lots of laughing, splashing, curious children exploring the textures, the smells, and the cause and effect.

Our Community Explorers have been visiting the Taitua Arboretum and seeing signs that spring is on its way. The flowers are starting to come out, and the chickens are starting to lay. We discovered some beehives and learnt about how to keep safe near hives without upsetting the bees.

Our veggie garden is growing wonderfully and the herbs we recently planted have started to take off. We have been exploring the smells and tastes that each herb brings to the table and discussing the attributes of these. What a wonderful way to get children interested in eating their greens!

We have so many creative souls at Kauri, each of us brings our own perspective on creativity. Here are some pictures of the types of creativity we have been seeing recently in the lounge area with different construction resources.