Director’s Message

I am having trouble believing that Christmas is only a week away. This year has just zoomed past.

Thank you for entrusting your precious children into our care during the past year. It is a responsibility and privilege that we take very seriously. We hope you have some relaxation and fun over the Christmas break. Take care, travel safely and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.




Kia ora Whekī whānau

Ka kite to Sam, Archer and Ayla, who have recently completed their transition to Kōwhai. Ka kite also to Reuben, Te Waimōna, Anwar and Lennon who have left Creche. We wish you all the very best in your new adventures.  

To those who have left Creche due to University holidays and are returning next year, we hope you have a great break, and we will see you in the New Year.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Diwali in October.  We enjoyed sharing this celebration with you and trying out all the yummy Indian snacks and sweets!

We had a fabulous Christmas Party in early December, thank you to all who attended and helped us to celebrate!

We recently joined Kōwhai and headed off to Hamilton Zoo for the day. There were so many exciting animals to see. We had a lovely picnic at lunchtime and an ice block at the end of a hot day. Thank you to our wonderful parents who came on this trip with us, without your support this trip would not have been possible.

Due to lower numbers over the next month Whekī will be operating from Kōwhai from Monday, 18 December.

We would like to wish all our children and their whānau a very Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year, and we will see you all in 2018!

Whekī Kaiako


Kia koutou Kōwhai whānau

Yay for the warmer weather that has finally arrived! This has meant we are spending lots of time outdoors together. At the same time, we are watching all our vegetables grow and making sure that they get a good soak regularly with the garden hose. That sometimes means that tamariki get wet too, so don’t forget to pack some extra sets of clothes - just in case!

We sadly say goodbye to Ellamae, Aleisha and whānau as they transition to Maire as well as Max, Mace & Ayla H and family who have left to go to other centres closer to their homes. A big welcome to Sam, Archer and whānau who have joined us recently.

As the end of the year draws to an end our numbers are lower and we will be combining with Whekī over the next few weeks. We will keep you updated as to who is working on our large whiteboard by the kitchen. If you have any questions about this, please see Kelly or Jenny.

Recently, Kelly and Gaylene took a small group of children to visit the Ruakura Berry Farm. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to extend on children's interests here at Creche and home. Many tamariki have strawberries growing at home and enjoy eating them and we have some plants here at Creche too. At the Berry Farm we got to pick lots of juicy red strawberries, eat them, and take some home. The other highlight of course was the huge fresh strawberry ice cream at the end of the trip. 

Last week both Kōwhai and Whekī went on an excursion to the Hamilton Zoo as an end of year celebration. This was a wonderful opportunity for children to see a variety of different animals, some of which they have only seen pictures of. It was a hot summers day, and children, families and teachers all enjoyed themselves and were able to spend time together in a relaxed manner. The trip went extremely well, and we would like to say a massive thank you to those parents and extended family who joined us. We couldn't have done it without you. 

And finally, we would like to wish all the tamariki and their whānau a safe Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

The Kōwhai team


Tēnā koutou katoa

Nau mai, haere mai ki Maire whare Aleisha, Ellamae and whānau. We look forward to getting to know you all better. Ka kite anō to Neihana, Sienna, Leon, Harper, James and Jethro. We wish you all the very best on your new journeys.

Wow it’s almost Christmas and time is going so fast. Our tamariki were very busy making their Christmas presents and practising their Christmas songs for the Christmas party. The party has come and gone, and we think it was a huge success. A lot of work goes into the Christmas Party and the preparation of the presents, but it is all worth it when you see our tamariki and whānau having a fantastic time. We really hope you enjoyed yourselves.

It is so hot at the moment, so we are making sure that water is available for our tamariki to play with each day.  Our tamariki will wear hats and t-shirts while out in the sun, as well as sun block. If they do not wear their hats they will have to stay under the deck, so they do not burn.

On Friday, 11 December we had our end of the year trip to Bullswool Farm. Our tamariki really enjoyed the farm as there was a little something for everybody. They have animals, a mocka bike track, a helicopter, a boat, scarecrows that you can dress, a climbing tree and a car that zooms down the hill. Thank you to the whānau that were able to join us, we hope you had a good day.

We would like to wish all the pēpē born in Whiringa-ā-rangi and Hakihea a very Hari Harutau.

Last but not least the kaiako at Maire wish you “nga mihi o te kirihimete me te tou hou”.

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako


November and December have been a very busy time for us at Kauri. Our Community Explorers and Mahi Tahi groups have finished for the year and Friday, 15 December will be the last Ngahere Explorers trip for the year. We are changing things around a bit next year with these groups. Community Explorers will go on Mondays, Ngahere Explorers will go on Thursdays and Mahi Tahi will operate Monday/Tuesday (rotating weeks), Wednesday and Thursday.

The children and teachers worked hard before the Christmas Party to secretly get presents ready, and what a fantastic job they did. Sustainability has been a big focus for us all throughout the year, and our homemade gifts reflected the theme.

Our trip on Friday was amazing, despite the last minute changes to the plan. Thank you to everyone that was a part of it, and a big thank you to Mel who has spent hours organising and planning the trip. It was a shame that we were unable to make it to Rangitoto Island, but the children had a blast in Waihi regardless.

As numbers drop over the Christmas and New Year period, we will be merging with Maire more and more. This is also great for helping transition between the centres as staff and children mix and get to know one another better. There may be times you come to collect your children and we will be at Maire, so if someone else is picking up your child please let them know.

Holiday Programme

Enrolments are coming in quickly for the January programme which will be commencing on 8 January for 3 weeks.

The planned trips are:

Week 1:       Anzac Bay, Waihi

Week 2:       River Cruise & Amazing Race,          Hamilton Gardens

Week 3:       Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

If you haven’t enrolled your child/ren in the programme and would like to do so, please contact the Creche Office for an enrolment form. We have limited places available, so get in early to ensure your child/ren get a place.