Director’s Message

Kia ora

The year is well underway with Semester A starting next week.  For those of you studying, we hope you have a successful year. 

Lately, the weather has certainly been extremely hot so there have been lots of ‘cooling off’ experiences enjoyed by all. 

We will be holding our Campus Creche Trust Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 28 March. Please take the opportunity to come along and see what the Creche community has achieved in 2017.

A reminder that as part of our Creche Policy and Procedures three yearly review, we have put the relevant documents on to Educa for you to view and to suggest any changes you see fit.  We appreciate you doing this.


Sue Bennett




Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Sameep, Buddy, Henry, Natalie, and a very warm welcome back to Lujane.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership with you and your whānau. 

Ka kite to Ollie and Kira, who have completed their transition to Kōwhai. 

Thank you to Kōwhai for having us to play over summer.  We had fun exploring your environment and enjoyed building stronger connections between our buildings and Kaiako.


We have had some staff changes in Whekī. For more information on this, please read the newsletter in your pockets, or on Educa.  Any questions can be directed to Leona or Emma.

During March we will be celebrating Holi.  Again, please read the newsletter in your pockets, or on Educa for more information.

Thank You

Whekī Kaiako



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new families that have recently joined us this year.  We look forward to working with you to ensure the best learning outcomes for your children.


We have got off to a busy start with new tamariki, who have been settling in to the daily life and routines in our centre.  Just a reminder to pack those extra sets of clothes as we are very hands on in the centre and tamariki may need a change (or two!) throughout the day.  Also, please ensure that every item is labelled with your child’s name on it.  


We are a nut-free centre, so please avoid any spreads like peanut butter in your child’s lunch to reduce the risk to other children who have allergies.  Thank you for your co-operation and understanding with this.

Last week we celebrated the Chinese New Year in our centre with songs, dragons, crackers, lucky money envelopes and dumplings, which we all enjoyed. One of the great things about our centre is its diversity with families from all over the world.  We love the opportunity this brings to our learning and want to share the culture and celebrations of our families.  If there is any celebration that you would like to share, let us know!


The Kōwhai team - Kelly, Jenny, Gaylene, Marliese, Bella, Tracy & Tania



Tēnā koutou katoa

Maire Kaiako would like to welcome Elizabeth, Jassmeh, Bobby-Leigh, Aidan and Ivy and their whānau to Maire.  We look forward to getting to know you all.

We would also like to say a big ka kite to Te Haraawaka and Izzy who have started new adventures.  We will miss you both and your whānau and wish you all the very best for 2018.

This month our Maire whare celebrated the Chinese New Year.  Sarah Yi-Williams has been an amazing resource for our Kaiako, tamariki and whānau.  We made fireworks (pretend ones), lion masks, danced a lion dance, prepared dumplings and ate wonton soup.  Sarah also shared the story of the Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac with our tamariki.


We have had massive amounts of water play because of the heat this past month.  Please remember to pack a good supply of spare named clothes as our spares are limited.

A big “hari huritau” to all the pēpē born in Huitanguru. We hope you have an amazing special day.

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako




Nau mai, haere mai, ki te Campus Creche Kauri 2018. Welcome back for a very exciting year ahead.  We all hope you have a had a wonderful time over the holiday season and spent time with loved ones.  We would like to welcome Molly, Jerhicoe, Brooklyn, Percey, Izzy, Abigail and their whānau to Kauri. We have said ka kite ano to Ted, Emmie, Caiden, Zoe, Amy, Eva, Frankie, Cayleigh, Cyress and Max. We wish you all the very best for your future learning journeys.

Our team this year consists of Tim, Mel, Vanessa, Ilaise, Tracy and Arlette. We are all very excited to be starting this year fresh with new ideas. Come and check out our new programme planning for each tamaiti based on individual needs and interests.


Mahi Tahi will operate on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays, Ngahere Explorers on Thursdays and Community Explorers each fortnight on a Tuesday. These groups have now started off with a bang!

One of our big trees needed to be removed a few weeks ago, due to the tree dying. This tree will be missed by all our Kauri whānau. For many years it has provided us with great shelter, shade and support for much entertainment and athleticism on our rope swing and aerial silk.