Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Rose, Adrina, Ashley and Willow.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership with you and your whānau.

Ka kite to Leo, Kui, Fionn, Kang and Eric, who have all completed their transition to Kōwhai.  We wish you all the best in this new journey.

Thank you to all our whānau who recently joined us to celebrate Matariki.  We had a wonderful time having breakfast with you all. 

Nature has many wonderful textures to explore and we found many of these on a recent walk over to the University.  The leaves were crunchy to walk on and scrunch in our hands, the sticks were rough and the moss on them was smooth to touch.

Ngā mihi

Whekī Team


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Eric and Mingkang who are currently transitioning to Kōwhai from Whekī. Also, a warm welcome to Fionn who has recently transitioned and Konrad who has also joined our Kōwhai whānau. We look forward to getting to know you all, working together in partnership with you and your whānau. 

Over the month of June, we have been undertaking Matariki activities including waiata, art activities and making soup to share. We had our fish and chip evening to celebrate Matariki in Kōwhai on Wednesday, 3 July. We love the opportunity to join with tamariki and whānau over shared kai, reflecting on the past and sharing visions for the future.

Nga tamariki have been exploring the wider community of Creche and going for walks to the University of Waikato. Children were able to have close encounters with ducks, go Tron Rock hunting and some even got to meet their parents along the way. This makes for a very special outing for the children affirming their sense of belonging and making strong links between their home and centre life.

Kai time is the time of the day tamariki love, who doesn’t love food, right! This is a time where they are able to be with their friends, sitting together gaining new knowledge and skills around kai – food. Using a spoon, drinking out of a glass or even wiping their face and hands when they have finished eating, these are all skills they can learn with and alongside each other. Kai time is such an awesome time for our tamariki to learn!

Ngā mihi nui

Kōwhai Team


Teenaa koutou katoa Maire whaanau

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire Lukas, Noah, Mowhia, Riley, Miya, Dou dou, Breah and whaanau.  We look forward to getting to know you all better over your time here with us.

It has been a very busy month settling our new tamariki into life here at Maire.  We are very blessed to be surrounded by all these beautiful tamariki, to watch and be a part of their learning journey.

Creativity comes in all different forms.  Sometimes it’s about expressing yourself through art, but it is also about our tamariki developing different ways to solve their problems and new ways of thinking.  Our Maire tamariki show creativity in all areas of play.

On Thursday, 25 July we celebrated the Maori New Year, Matariki.  We acknowledge those who have passed on, whaanau aspirations for their tamaiti and we also came together for a kai hakari to celebrate what we have and to give respect to the whenua on which we live, Aotearoa.

To all the peepee born in Hoonongoi, “Ra whaanau ki a koe”.

Kia pai to ra

Maire Kaiako


We recently had new bark delivered to our playground and what an adventure that has been! The day it was delivered was hard for the children because they were cooped up inside while the man hosed the bark into the play space. They loved watching him however, and spent the afternoon digging up, jumping in, and rolling around in the bark. They have discovered a new softness to their environment and have loved running along and falling over onto the bark, laughing and giggling with each other. This is such a great opportunity for them to grow their body awareness, social collaborative skills, play running race type games, and generally have a blast with each other!

The art area has been so full of all sorts of creativity; aeroplanes being folded, bracelets and watches, rings, paintings, story books! The list goes on.

Creativity is a wonderful way for us to express ourselves, and through these explorations the children develop their fine motor skills, early literacy skills, their eye for aesthetics, and their self image. Self image is such an important part of child development, as Nathan Wallis loves to say, “it isn’t about how smart children are; it’s about how smart they feel.” Empowering children to make their own creations and to focus on the process rather than the product helps them to see that they are capable and competent learners and that they can do those things they set their mind to.