Kia ora whaanau

Life is busy at Creche with lots of tamariki enjoying being back into the routine of spending time with their friends in a special place.

Our excursions are starting up again and tamariki are appreciating being out in natural spaces.  Although the weather hasn’t been that great, tamariki still love being out and about. Jumping in puddles seems to be something that little ones just have to do!

Over the upcoming weeks there will be Matariki celebrations in each centre, look out for the invitation as these are a not to be missed occasion and an opportunity for whaanau to spend time at Creche with your child.  We look forward to seeing you all.

Sue Bennett



Kia ora Whekī whānau

We have been enjoying making the most of these sunny, albeit cooler, days outside.  As the weather is cooling down please ensure you bring socks, suitable shoes, and more layers for your tamaiti to wear outside, including a jacket and beanie. 

Tamariki love having the opportunity to explore the outdoor environment throughout the year.  As the seasons change, they can find different natural resources and explore the changing colour of the leaves and bushes. 

Rain is also an amazing natural resource to explore and we have recently been exploring the puddles left behind by the rain – experiencing them through touch and taste.  Watching the raindrops as they fell, created a sense of awe as they dripped down on us.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whekī Kaiako


Kia ora Kōwhai whaanau

Cars, cars and more cars are definitely what tamariki are currently interested in at Kōwhai. This has become a huge passion for several tamariki, so much so that they are looking for them as soon as they arrive.

We also have some tamariki who just love singing at the moment and will spontaneously start singing in their play. Other tamariki are loving stories being read to them, sand play (in various forms), ride on cars and bikes, building with a variety of different objects and bug hunts. Have you noticed your child looking for spiders and bugs at home?

Preparations are well underway for celebrating Matariki. Matariki is the Māori name for a star constellation that rises up into the sky in mid winter, this signals an important time in the New Zealand calendar, the Māori New Year.

Matariki is a time for growth and change. As part of this we are working on developing our garden. We have a huge planter box which was kindly gifted to us by Yasmine when she moved to Kauri and we are currently preparing this. Tamariki have been super busy helping find branches and leaves that will break down and putting them inside to form the base.  Very soon we hope to add some compost which is already broken down and then soil on top. Watch this space to see when planting will begin.

Matariki is well known as a celebration of people, culture, language, spirituality and history. Kōwhai are celebrating Matariki with a Fish and Chip evening on Wednesday, 8 July at 5.00 pm. For those parents who don’t know other whaanau well, it is the perfect time to meet one another. Please see kaiako if you have any dietary requirements and let us know numbers by Tuesday evening (7 July) for catering purposes. This is a great opportunity for tamariki, whaanau and kaiako to have a shared meal together in an unrushed manner. We hope to see you all here.

We would also like to update you regarding staffing. We have recently said goodbye to Joan who has retired and Julie who is currently working at Fraser. Our current teaching team is Kelly, Jenny, Rebecca (four days per week) and Tracy. We are also well supported by Gaylene who is covering release and Rebecca’s day off each week, along with Jema who is working full time in the Ancillary role.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Kōwhai team


Teena koutou katoa

Creche life has returned back to normal now with the return of trips to the Taitua Arboretum.  We took a group of tamariki out for the first time last week and it was pouring with rain.  It was fantastic being able to explore nature once again.


Matariki is fast approaching and we have decided to celebrate with a few activities and a kai hakari on Tuesday, 14 July commencing at 10.30 am.   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 New Year.  We will be sending out a newsletter shortly with more details.

We would like to wish all the peepee born in Paenga-whaawhaa, Haratua and Pipiri a very big Hari huritau.  We hope you all had a fantastic day.

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako


Kia ora I te whanau, ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou

We are so excited to have most of our tamariki back this month. All the tamariki have settled in very well and have been rekindling their friendships. This definitely means that tamariki have been very busy and are often seen taking midday rests all over the playground!

Recently, the tamariki have shown a strong interest in storytelling. Initially, tamariki were sharing their experiences during lockdown and using Mobilo or Duplo to create houses and other buildings. But as time went by, many of their stories evolved to experiences of family trips, adventures, explorative journeys, and life in general. What a fantastic way to make sense of how we cautiously transitioned down the COVID levels!

At the end of May, we celebrated Eid, which is a Muslim holiday that is observed at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. We dressed up and prepared a traditional Middle Eastern dish called atayef, which is a cream stuffed pikelet, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with pistachios. We want to wish you all an Eid Mubarak (blessed Eid)!

We have also celebrated 5th birthdays at Kauri this month! Raa whaanau ki a koe Saraya raaua ko Gwyn.

Congratulations on making it to Level 1.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kauri Whaanau