Director’s Message

Kia ora whānau

It is with great excitement that I write this and let you know that the new Maire centre will be operating from Monday, 26 June.   This has been a much bigger project than we ever thought, with many unanticipated hurdles being thrown at us.  There are so many people to thank for helping with this project.  Special thanks to the Maire whānau and staff for their patience over this time.  A huge thank you to Tracey for keeping the process going. Also, a big thank you to the University and the FMD staff for their contributions and work.

There has been a staffing change at Kauri recently.  We farewelled Yoshie with a big party and our amazing tamariki performed a fabulous concert.  We had many ECE friends, colleagues and whānau that attended and had lots of yummy kai.  It was wonderful see some of our previous tamariki attend to celebrate with Yoshie.   There were also lots of familiar faces and it is lovely knowing that they see Creche as a very special place.  We all wish Yoshie the very best in her new career working in the primary sector. 

A big welcome to Tim Bennett, the new Head Teacher at Kauri.  He is enjoying his role and we hope he enjoys his time working at Campus Creche.  Welcome Tim.

We are presently working on our self-review which is part of the Ministry of Education licensing criteria and a requirement for ECE centres. This year our action research question is about how to strengthen our ‘assessment’ practices.    Thank you to those who completed the survey.  We appreciate your contribution towards our research. At the moment, we are analysing the data and compiling a report.  A big thanks to both Lex and Nona for their work with this research.




Kia ora Whekī whānau

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

Ka kite to Ashlee who has transitioned to Kōwhai.  Ka kite also to Aser, Noah and Bethany, who have both left Creche. We wish you all the very best in your new adventures. 

We have our Matariki celebrations coming up on Tuesday, 27 June.  Please read the newsletter in your pockets, or on Educa, for more information.  We would love to see you all there.

We currently have a Student, Jodie, at Whekī.  She is a third year student, completing her Early Childhood training at WINTEC.  Jodie will be with us until the end of June.

We have been enjoying bringing the outdoors onto our deck which allows our children to experience the sand when we are unable to get outside due to the weather. 

We aim to get outside as often as possible, so please ensure your child has a jacket, winter hat and suitable footwear for the outdoors. These clothes need to be ones that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty.   

Whekī Kaiako



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

We hope everyone is keeping warm and well now that the cool weather is upon us.  Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes a lot of bugs! L

A big warm welcome to our newest tamariki, Ashley and whānau who have recently joined us. We sadly farewell Danny, Sara and whānau as they move onwards and upwards to Maire.

All our tamariki have been settling in well to the Kōwhai routines. They love exploring the outdoor environment and the nearby surroundings of the University when we go for walks each week.

As you know, with all the wet weather the ground is often soggy and wet and those puddles are hard to resist . . . so, we are needing to change tamariki more often.  Please ensure there are changes of clothes and socks (a few extra pairs) in your child’s bag.

The Kōwhai team



Tēnā koutou katoa

We would like to welcome Danny, Sara and their whānau to our Maire whānau.  We are looking forward to getting to know you all better while your tamaiti are here.

The Maire Kaiako would like to acknowledge our whānau for all their patience with the journey we have had building our new centre.  You have all been amazing!

Matariki is almost upon us and we have decided to celebrate on Friday, 7 July.  We will be having a few activities, planting new Maire trees thanks to Wayne and Sue Bennett and having a hakari. 

Matariki is the Maori New Year. During Matariki we celebrate our unique place in the world.  We give respect to the whenua on which we live and admiration to our mother earth Papatūānuku.  Throughout Matariki we learn about those who came before us.  Our history.  Our family.  Our bones.  Matariki signals growth.  It’s a time of change.  It’s a time to prepare and a time of action.  During Matariki we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give.  Matariki celebrates the diversity of life.  It’s a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.  Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year.

We have started regular outings around our community which has been awesome.  Creche works on a two-week rotation system. On week one Maire tamariki will be going out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  On week two we will only go out on a Tuesday.  Every one of our tamariki will have a chance to go on a trip.

We would like to say a big Hari huritau to all the pepe born in Pipiri.

Kia pai to ra

Maire Kaiako



Kia ora whānau

We have had a very busy month at Kauri with Yoshie leaving and Tim taking over as Head Teacher.

We have had some beautiful weather lately and the children have been helping to gather the leaves from our lovely oak trees.

Unfortunately, the weather has begun to get wet again so we are donning the bright orange rain jackets and getting out and muddy. Please remember to pack your child spare clothes and if they come home in spare Kauri clothing, please ensure these come back clean as soon as possible.

We currently have a shortage of spare clothing so if you have old clothes that are surplus to requirement, we would love any donations.

The children have been enjoying the music programme “Can Do Kids” and we recently purchased some new musical instruments. The children (and adults) have been enjoying exploring these in small impromptu musical sessions.



As the new Head Teacher, I am enjoying getting to know your children and whānau. I have an open-door policy, so if there are any questions, concerns or you just want to say hi, you are more than welcome.

Holiday Programme

Our next Holiday Programme has come around quickly and commences on Monday, 10 July for 2 weeks.   They are heading to National Park to play in the snow during the first week and then to Miranda Hot Pools in the second week.

We have limited places remaining, so if you haven’t done so and wish your child/ren to attend please contact the Creche Office as soon as possible.

The programme runs from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm. Weekly and daily bookings are available.