Kia ora whaanau

Thank you for your ongoing support and for getting back to us when we ask for information, as well as following our health and safety procedures.  We all appreciate it.

Do not forget our offer of receiving one week’s free childcare if you recommend a friend to us and they enrol their child/ren at Campus Creche.  This offer ends at the end of September.

Sue Bennett



Whekī & Kōwhai

Ka kite to George and Hinerangi, who have completed their transition to Maire.  We wish you many fun adventures in this new journey.

With Whekī and Kōwhai being combined, we now have two year-one University students with us – Kayla and Hannah.  We are supporting them in their teaching journey and our tamariki are enjoying having them with us.  At the moment, both students attend on a Thursday but will shortly be doing their block practicum with us.  

One Thursday, we made the most of the beautiful sunny day and went for a walk to the University.  Our tamariki found a wall to climb and balance on, a grassy hill to run down, and a big field to run around on.  The tamariki had great fun exploring this environment!


Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whekī and Kōwhai Kaiako



Teena Koutou Katoa

Ka kite anoo Joshua, Nikau, Riley and whaanau.  We will miss you all, but I am sure we will see you all again soon.

Nau mai haere mai Hinerangi, George and whaanau.  We are looking forward to getting to know you all better during your time here in Maire.

To all the people of Tamaki Makaurau “Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui”.  Stay safe and healthy.

With all that is happening in the world, and especially in Aotearoa, we have tried keeping things as normal as possible for our tamariki.  Our tamariki are truly amazing, resilient and strong just like the Maire tree.

“E waka eke noa Aotearoa”

Ra whaanau to all the peepee born in Hereturikookaa, we hope you have a fantastic day.

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako



Kia ora taatou katoa, ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou.

The month of Hereturikookaa (August) 

Many of our flowers have started to blossom, days are getting longer, and winter is drawing to a close. With new beginnings, we have had new tamariki join us at Kauri; a big, warm welcome to Riley, Nikau, Tute and Mila who have joined our whaanau at Kauri. We would also like to welcome Rebecca to the teaching team, who will be working with us while Whekī and Kōwhai are combined. 

This month, we talked about different ways we can make group decisions. We experimented with polling, voting, and debating to make decisions about activities, food choices, and locations to visit during excursions.

The tamariki have particularly enjoyed a formal voting setting with a voting booth, ballot, and voting paper. We used a formal voting setting to choose the food that would be prepared for the second Eid holiday of the year, Eid al Adha. We celebrated by making sushi for morning tea and baked a tasty lemon cake to enjoy by the firepit. 

Speaking of fires, we have continued our talk about fire safety. One of the things that we have been excellent at practising is our fire-safety if our clothing catches on fire: we stop, drop, and roll!

Thank you to all our whaanau that have filled out the survey about the excursions. We are looking at adapting the excursion programmes to fit better into our curriculum, so keep an eye out for updates on Educa.

This month has been exciting for the tamariki, particularly those who were new to the trip groups. The Community Explorers have been proactively looking after the environment by picking up rubbish in the stream by Gate 10 at the University. The Ngahere Explorers have been setting up hammocks, climbing on ropes and logs, and all that a damp forest has to offer. Exploring the Ngahere in different seasons allows the tamariki to have different experiences in the same physical space.

Stay safe, stay well, and have a wonderful month ahead.

Kauri Whaanau

P.S: We are celebrating Maaori Language Week (Te Wiki o te reo Maaori) the week beginning 14 September.