Director’s Message

Kia ora

Welcome to the year with your little ones attending Creche.  We hope that you are all settling into the routines of dropping off and collecting children and managing busy lives.  If you are worried about your child settling, please talk to a teacher who will give you some strategies to support you.  Before you know it, your little one won’t want to go home at night.

Last week the new Maire building arrived in two sections.  Some of us were up bright and early to see the second half of the building arrive.  It was fantastic seeing it slowly emerge up Hillcrest Road.  There have been delays with this project and unfortunately it has taken longer than we ever envisaged.  With present estimations, once services are connected, the retaining wall completed, the covered deck built, the hard landscaping completed and the building licensed by the Ministry of Education we hope to have the new centre operational in about four weeks.   We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. However, trying to dovetail contractors and getting all the tasks completed does take time.  It is very exciting that after five years of planning and saving money we are finally in the position to have a new purpose built building for our ‘toddler’ children.

We hope this is a successful year for you and look forward to working together.


Sue Bennett




Kia Ora Whekī Whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Archer, Ashlee, Emma, Mila and Sophie.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership with you and your whānau.  We would also like to extend a very big “Welcome back!” to all our returning children.

We have been enjoying some water play and exploring ice as the days are getting warmer.

We would appreciate parents providing swimming nappies (reusable or disposable) for your child to use during water play. These can just be left in your child’s locker until they are needed, thank you.

We would like to say a very sad farewell to Megan, who finishes at Whekī on Friday, 17 February. Megan is heading to Uni to study for her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood). Good luck with your studies Megan! 

With Megan leaving, we are excited to welcome a new teacher to our team, Bella. Bella has previously been relieving at Creche, and completed her Early Childhood degree at the end of last year. Welcome Bella!  

If you need any inspiration for your child’s lunchbox fillings, please have a browse at our nutrition and lunch box ideas boards, or have a chat with one of our team.

Thank You

Whekī Kaiako


Welcome back to those of our families who have been away from Kōwhai over the Christmas/New Year break.  As you will no doubt have noticed we are back in full swing and have been joined by several new children and their whānau.  

A big welcome to Abby, Aleisha, Elizabeth, Marnie, Daisy, Saraya, Dhairyash and their families.  We hope your stay with us over the coming months will be happy and comfortable.  Please ask a member of staff or your child’s key teacher if there is anything at all you want to know.

We are enjoying lots of water play at the moment.  It is difficult to keep children from areas such as water play on a hot day. Please advise a teacher if you do not want your child to participate in all areas of the curriculum and we will endeavour to do this. Please bring enough spare clothes and if they could come in a plastic bag that would be great.  We thank you for your co-operation in this area.  Long live summer!

Thank you to all those who made our Christmas Party special.  We sincerely hope you enjoyed your gifts, both for parents and children.  However, if you have any great suggestions for us to consider for future Christmas presents we would love to have you share them with us.

Happy New Year.


“Nga mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa

We wish all our Maire tamariki and whānau the very best for 2017.

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire to James, Te Ariki, Yeva, Stormy, Ron, Te Haraawaka and whānau.  We look forward to getting to know you all better.

Haere ra to Emmie, Matilda, Lara, Katrina, Finn, Nalia and their whānau.  We know they will enjoy their time in Kauri.

We have a few staff changes about to happen in the next month or so.  Sarah Yi is back from her travels to Taiwan, so that’s awesome.  Kelly’s last day in Maire will be Friday, 10 March.  She is off to her next challenge as Head Teacher of Kōwhai.  We wish her all the very best.  

Priscilla has started her maternity leave.  We wish her all the best for the birth of her baby boy and will be waiting for her to bring our newest Maire member in for a visit.

Well if you didn’t already know, OUR NEW WHARE is here, on site.  Kaiako and tamariki watch the progress every day and can’t wait until we are back in our own building.

To all the pēpe born in Kohitātea and Huitanguru a big RA WHĀNAU.

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako


We welcome back all our tamariki and whānau from their holiday and we hope that everyone had a wonderful break.

We would like to say goodbye and wish all the best for Emily, Nicholas, Amohia, Kimball, Atilini, Mao, and Ashtaen and their whānau as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

We would like to acknowledge the wonderful support these whānau have continuously provided us, thank you so much and all the best for your future.

We have also had many new tamariki and their whānau transition to Kauri. Nau mai haere mai ki te whare o Kauri to Nalia, Finn, Emmie, Katrina, Lara, Matilda, Leo, Finnian and Theodore. We will keep supporting with the settling in process and are excited about getting to know more about our new tamariki and their whānau. 

This year our Kauri centre has signed up for the Heart Foundation’s “Healthy Heart Award” which promotes healthy eating and physical activities. We are aiming to get the gold medal for this award! We are going to kick this off by having a Healthy Heart Day on 21 February. More information about this will be provided closer to the date.

Group Time will start back up again from the week beginning 13 February and Ngahere Explorers the week after.  These programmes provide very exciting learning experiences for our tamariki.

Please bring extra spare clothes and togs so that our tamariki can enjoy water play.