Director’s Message

I hope you are all managing to keep warm in this frosty weather.  There are some wonderful opportunities for children to learn so much and enjoy interesting conversations with frozen puddles and white frost everywhere covering the trees and grassy areas. 

Matariki is an important time of the year and all the centres are having some sort of celebration over the next few weeks.  We encourage you to participate.  It’s a great opportunity to spend time in your child’s centre getting to know your child’s friends and teachers and some other whānau members.  Thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make these events possible.

A big welcome to Mel, our new teacher in Maire.  We hope you enjoy your time at Creche.

Sue Bennett



Kia Ora Whekī Whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Danny and his whānau.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership.  Ka kite to Noel who has transitioned to Kōwhai.  We wish you all the very best.

Our whānau has grown…a big congratulations to our very own Whekī teacher Emma, on the birth of her second child Amy Elizabeth!  Mum, baby and family are all happy and well!

We would like to invite all our Whekī whānau to our Matariki lunch on Tuesday, 30 June any time between 11.30 am – 1.00 pm.  A variety of warm soups, bread and drinks will be provided for lunch. 

Whekī children have enjoyed being involved in a variety of Matariki Art activities. 

Ka puta Matariki ka rere Whānui.  Ko te tohu tēnā o te tau e!

Matariki re-appears, Whānui stars it’s flight. Being the sign of the [new] year.



June sees us at the middle of our year with our spirits undaunted by the cold weather. Please ensure that your children have a full change of clothes.  Families are making sure their children are well rugged up and we thank you for that.  At least we are still getting some fabulous sunny days.

We welcome new children Alex, Lincoln, Noel and Jerhicoe and their families to our Kōwhai whānau.  We hope you will all be very happy here.

Matariki, the Maori New Year started on 18 June.  Matariki signals a time of coming together with whānau to think about the past year, plan for the future and to take action.  To celebrate we spent the morning on 18 June making vegetable soup and bread with our children to share with those of you who could make it.   This celebrates Tupu-aa-nuku the eldest of Matariki’s daughters who pays special attention to helping plants grow to produce kai.

On Friday, 5 June some of our children who have been showing a special interest in vehicles went with Carol, Sue and Gaylene to visit Motavation Workshop (a garage owned by Carol’s husband Mark). 

They got to ride a bus down to Masters Avenue, used an air gun to pump up a car tyre, got in a racing car and on a motorbike.  One of the mechanics changed a tyre for them all to watch.  Thank you Carol, Mark and to our parents Graeme, Liam and Jessica who helped with the trip.  What a great way to spend a morning.

Many thanks to Sentosa for sharing her Samoan treasures with us during Samoan language week.  We all learnt new songs, language and experienced something about the Samoan culture.

Creche’s other centres joined us in Kōwhai for a special puppet show.  We are all working on biculturalism as our self review again this year, so Campus Creche invited Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education to present their Toro Pikopiko Maui puppet show here at Kōwhai.  Though some of our children found it scary to begin with they all had teachers to talk them through what was happening and a knee to sit on.


We would like to say a huge welcome to all our new children and their families. Over the last couple of weeks we have also said goodbye to some children who have transitioned down to Kauri. We know that you will enjoy all the new opportunities and challenges that Kauri has to offer you.

We are really enjoying our Arboretum trips every week. As a team we are talking about some alternative venues for those days when it is just too wet for the Arboretum. If parents and whānau have any ideas we would love to hear them.

Last week we took our tamariki to a Matariki stage show, by Sharon Holt. She is a New Zealand author who writes the Te Reo sing-along series of picture books with CDs. These books are designed to help improve pronunciation; the books extend the knowledge and use of basic sentence structure in Te Reo. The show was awesome. Along with her team Sharon acted out several of her books. Some were familiar and some were unknown to our tamariki. We were lucky to have several parents join us and would just like to say a big thank you to you all. Without your help and support these excursions would not be possible.



Kia ora Koutou

Mel our newest staff member has been with us for over a week now and the tamariki have really enjoyed having her with us.  I hope you have all been able to meet her.

Currently a lot of our tamariki are into super heroes and fantasy play, which has been interesting.  They are also still really interested in all types of music.  As an added bonus Mel can play a few instruments which is fantastic! 

Maire had a breakfast this morning (Thursday, 25 June) so kaiako and whānau could have some time to get to know each other a little better.  Thanks to all the parents that came.

We will also be having a Matariki celebration on Friday, 24 July; details will be available closer to the date.

We would like to welcome Zoe to Maire, we hope she enjoys spending a little time with her sister before she moves on to Kauri.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Lizzie who is leaving us in July to go on maternity leave.  We wish her all the best and look forward to her and her baby returning to Creche next year.

A big “Ra whānau” to all the Pipiri pēpe, hope you all have an amazing birthday.

Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou ki a koutou katoa

Maire kaiako



Kia ora Whānau

We have had a busy month with some children leaving us to go to school and new children joining us from Nīkau and Maire. We wish all our leaving children and their whānau all the very best and welcome our new children and their whānau to Kauri.

We would like to let everyone know about our upcoming events again in case some missed the Kauri Newsletter. On Friday, 26 June we will be having our Matariki celebration starting at 4.30 pm and finishing at 6.30 pm. We look forward to seeing you all there.

We are also planning our major trip for the year; a play in the snow at the central plateau. This will take place on Friday, 7 August. If you have any questions about this please see one of the teachers.

Our current Ngahere Explorers groups had their last trip last week. We will have a one week break before starting the next two groups. Permission slips and information will be sent out to parents of those children joining over the next week.

During the next school holidays, 6 to 17 July, Kauri will be having a mini holiday programme. A schedule for this will be given out to put on the fridge this week.

We would like to remind everyone to please read and contribute to the current policies up for review; these can be found near the sign in sheets.

Please remember to name your children’s clothes and belongings as this allows us to return lost items to the correct people.

Thank you

Kauri Kaiako

Campus Creche Holiday Programme

The Holiday Programme at Hillcrest Normal School will commence on Monday, 6 July for 2 weeks, 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.  The planned weekly trips are Ten Pin Bowling for the first week and then the children are off to the snow in the second week.

Places are limited so if you wish to book your child/ren in please contact the Creche Office ASAP.



James, the photographer from Avon Studios will be coming to Creche and taking photos on Tuesday, 25 August. Keep an eye out for the reminders.


Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are still available from your child’s Centre, the Creche Office or online. Books are $60.00 each and Creche will receive $12.00 of this.  Hard copies of the entertainment books and digital copies are available.