Director’s Message

Kia ora

It has been wonderful attending all the Matariki celebrations in each of our centres.  All our celebrations have differed in each centre; however, all have given an opportunity for whānau to spend time at Campus Creche celebrating Matariki in style.  Thank you for joining us.

We are continuing to investigate the practicalities of Campus Creche providing lunches.  At this stage this is still a work in progress.

For those of you who have recently returned to University for the second semester, we wish you all the best with your studies.

Sue Bennett



Kia Ora Whekī whānau

We welcome Isabella and Leonardo and farewell Liam and Lola, who are now Kōwhai tamariki. We wish you all the best on your Creche journey.

Thank you to all our whānau who joined us to celebrate Matariki earlier this month. We had a wonderful celebration and great kai!  The children also explored a variety of star and night sky activities during the week, which included painting, reading a book about the constellation of Matariki, singing some waiata, and investigating the glow in the dark stars in the box.

Rhiannon, a second year WINTEC student joined Whekī on 16 July and will be with us for four weeks.

Ngā mihi

Whekī team


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Natalie who is currently transitioning to Kōwhai from Whekī and Karepa who has also joined our Kōwhai whānau. We say ka kite to Ayla as she is in the process of transitioning to Maire.

We have been undertaking Matariki activities including waiata, art activities and making soup to share. We had our Fish and Chip evening with tamariki and whānau on Wednesday, 25 July. This was well attended, and we appreciate you sharing the experience with us.

With the weather giving us a lot of rain, we have been participating in a number of indoor activities. Kaiako Marliese showed us some of her awesome Yoga moves and we all gave them a go, testing the ways our bodies can move. We explored trajectory with bubbles, a schema of play where tamariki explore the way objects, tools and even themselves can move. Kaiako Jenny has been sharing with us magnetic pictures she created to go along with some of our favourite songs here in Kōwhai and we explored the texture and manipulation of pressure when we played with the cloud dough with Kaiako Hilary.

When we have managed to get outside nga tamariki love the opportunity to “puddle jump”.  Lots of splashing and running through the puddles, exploring their gross motor skills and expressing themselves through smiles, giggles and shrieks of laughter! We are also loving the sandpit and using our gross motor skills to test out our confidence on the obstacle courses.

Please remember to pack spare clothes for your child and bring spare changes for when they are playing outside. Gumboots are a great idea too, as tamariki love puddle jumping.

The Kōwhai Team


Tēnā Koutou katoa

We would like to say a big nau mai haere mai to Ayla, Saraal and their whānau. 

Ka kite anō Danni and Ezmay.  They have both left to go to centres closer to their homes.  We wish them and their whānau all the very best.

Maire celebrated Matariki on Tuesday, 17 July.  We had leaves for people to write on, for those who have passed on and feathers of aspiration for the future. 

Our Maire whare also celebrated its first birthday on the evening of Thursday, 26 July.  We would like to thank Sue and Tracey for all their hard work. We had lots of guests who included past employees; Pam Banks our previous Director and Lois Hanna who used to be our Receptionist.  Mei Li and Alley past Maire teachers were also in attendance. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Trust who are very supportive, our current staff for celebrating with us and our wonderful Maire whānau and tamariki who breathe life into our whare every day.  Nga mihi nui koutou.

A big thank you also to Jacob Dromgool for the amazing birthday cake he made for our one year celebration.  We loved it!

Hari Huritau to all the pēpē born in Hōngongoi.  We hope you all had an amazing day.

Kia pai to ra

Kaiako o Maire


Kia ora whānau

We have said ka kite ano to Danny, Jorja, Emma and Jerhicoe as they continue their education journey. We say a big haere mai and welcome to Jayden, Paige, Welenise, Jesse, Laura, Ron and Ruben. We welcome you and your whānau to Kauri.

We had a great night celebrating Matariki with our Kauri families. A big thank you to you all for making the effort to come and join us for this special event. We had a big week planting and revamping our entrance gardens with many little helpers and worm rescuers.

Our newly built chicken coop has finally arrived. We hope to have two new chickens to add to our current flock of six.

Our Ngahere Explorers group that started at the beginning of the year have recently graduated. We now have another group of eight beginning their nature based explorations.

The Community Explorers group also has new members and are underway with excitement and enthusiasm to explore our community.

Mahi Tahi has been offered within our daily programme with experiences at Kauri.  Our tamariki learn to work collaboratively within a group to achieve group projects. Our hut, gardens and overall environment is evident of the hard work our tamariki have been doing.

Please remember to bring spare clothes for your tamaiti as we have a mud pit we would like to open regularly and plenty of time for messy play opportunities.