Kia ora whaanau

Tamariki are all enjoying their trips to natural places and into the community.  They are so excited as they set out for an adventure.

Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Matariki celebrations.  Each centre designed an experience that was fitting for their age group.  My heartfelt thanks to all the staff who put so much work into organising their centre’s great celebrations.

We have a great promotional deal going now – if you refer a family who enrol a child you will receive one weeks’ free childcare.  You will need to verify this by emailing me at  This deal will end on Friday, 25 September.

Our Administrator, Tracey Taylor, is leaving Creche after 20 years’ service.  We would like to thank Tracey for her dedication and hard work to Creche and wish her all the best for the future.  Her last day will be Friday, 28 August.  We have employed Lynne who will be replacing Tracey and will start on Monday, 3 August.  If you want to get in touch with Lynne, her email address will be

Sue Bennett


Whekī & Kōwhai

Kōwhai tamariki, as well as Kelly and Jenny, have recently joined with Whekī and we are enjoying this opportunity to work together.  Some wonderful tuakana-teina relationships are developing amongst the tamariki already, as well as the Kōwhai tamariki re-establishing relationships with the Whekī kaiako.  Welcome to Whekī Kelly, Jenny and the Kōwhai tamariki.

Both Whekī and Kōwhai have recently celebrated Matariki at Creche.  Whekī celebrated with a whaanau breakfast, while Kōwhai celebrated with a whaanau fish and chip evening.  Both events were a success, and we appreciated everyone who stayed and celebrated with us.

As part of their Matariki celebrations, Kōwhai have been working hard to establish the new planter box in their playground, preparing it for plants.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whekī and Kōwhai Kaiako


Teena koutou katoa

We would like to wish Archer, Zoe, Kira, Iyana and their whaanau all the very best for the rest of 2020.  Archer and Zoe have moved to Kauri and Iyana and Kira have moved to centres closer to their homes.

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire Alia, Leo, Eric, Xinxin, Mingkang, Kahutoroa, Michael and whaanau.  We look forward to getting to know you all better while you are here with us at Maire.

Ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa to everyone that was able to attend our Maire Matariki.  Whaanau are really important to us and we love to celebrate events that bring our Maire whaanau together. 

Collene (our kaiawhina) registered us with the Breast Cancer Foundation to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast.  We decided to have a High Tea fundraiser so we could help raise puutea for education, research, and patient support around breast cancer in Aotearoa.  Ngaa mihi ki a koe Collene, for some of the kaiako this was the very first high tea we have hosted.   We would also like to send out a BIG ngaa mihi to all the whaanau and other Creche kaiako that supported us in this fundraiser. 

Maire has a new kitchen, a MUD kitchen.  Thank you to Priscilla and her lovely husband Dylan for coming in on the weekend to set it up for us, the tamariki were very excited and love cooking in there.

Lastly to all the peepee born in Hoongongoi, HARI HURITAU KI A KOE

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako


Teenaa koutou katoa, ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou

The cooler month of Hoongongoi (July) has seen plenty of rain and wind.

We would like to acknowledge the Maaori New Year, Matariki, which commenced in June. This is a time for us to remember those that have passed on and celebrate new life in all its forms (humanity, crops, and seafood). Matariki is a time for us to get together and celebrate as one whaanau (family). We would like to thank all our whaanau for contributing to our Matariki celebration on the Thursday, 16 July.

In preparation for our Matariki celebration, we had been practicing our fire safety. We have discussed the importance of keeping at a safe distance from fire, and how to look after our bodies to ensure we enjoy the warmth of the fire.

We would like to welcome Ryan, Riley N, Zoe, and Archer from Maire. We would also like to farewell Saraya, Ari, Max T, Amy, Michaela, and Ivey who have transitioned to school. We wish them all the best in their exciting new journey.

The tamariki are delighted with the fun experiences of this season: splashing in puddles, sliding in mud, and enjoying the smell of the damp earth. We would like to remind you to kindly bring wet bags and spare clothes with your child every day so they can continue to enjoy these important experiences.

There have been some changes to our staffing, with us farewelling Jordan and welcoming Rebecca from Kōwhai. We would like thank Jordan for her dedication and amazing contribution to the Kauri life over the past year. We wish her all the best for her future career and wherever life may take her. 

Noo reira

Teenaa tatou katoa

Kauri Whaanau