Director’s Message

Kia ora

It has been a busy time at Creche with lots of children returning after their summer break and new children starting and settling in.  It can sometimes take a little while to get used to new routines and Creche life.  Once this has happened, everyone settles into a rhythm and can focus on the fun and enjoyment to be had with new and exciting experiences.

Please come to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 28 March in our Maire centre.  There are drinks and nibbles starting at 5.15 pm with the official meeting starting at 5.45 pm.  Those parents who attend will go into the draw for one week’s free childcare fees.

Sue Bennett




Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to De’Vinci, Kahutoroa, Olivia, and Nora.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership with you and your whānau. 

We have recently been exploring water – in two of its forms!  The hot summer days required plenty of ice and water play to cool down, and the children have been finding many ways in which they can explore these.  Water play is something that makes many of them very happy and having access to it nurtures their mana atua (emotional wellbeing). Throughout this last hot month, there was so much splashing and laughing going on, not only from the children, but from the teachers too!


The rain was also no barrier to our water play, and we spent time outside splashing in the puddles!

Throughout 2018, we will be having a first-year student, Laura, working alongside us at Whekī.  Laura is studying her Bachelor of Teaching

(Early Childhood) at the University and will be with us every Thursday during the year.

Whekī Kaiako



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

Welcome to our newest tamariki – Bear, Te Omeka, Anwar and Obamang, and their families to our centre.  We look forward to getting to know you and working alongside you on your learning journey while you are with us. We say goodbye to Claire, ‘Amanaki, Daisy and their families as they move on to Maire.

We celebrated the Indian festival of Holi in our centre with lots of colourful activities and some delicious Indian food.  We love learning about and sharing in the different cultural activities of families in our centre, so if there is a particular event or festival that is significant to you, let us know!

As some of you may know, Gaylene (one of our longstanding teachers here at Campus Creche), will be leaving us next month.  Gaylene is a much-loved and valued member of our team and she will be greatly missed.  We will be having a farewell breakfast for her on her last day, which will be Friday, 13 April.  We would love for you to come in and join us, so pencil in the date!

The Kōwhai Team



Tena koutou katoa

The Maire kaiako would like to say a big nau mai haere mai to Claire, Aiden, Ivy, Felicity, Calie, Kent and whānau.  We can’t wait to get to know you all.

Priscilla and Rangi took a few tamariki to watch the Kopapa races (waka races) at Turangawaewae, which is part of the Regatta which was held on Saturday, 17 March.  The Turangawaewae Regatta is very much an integral part of the history of Ngaruawahia and a tradition for New Zealand as a whole. It’s the only Maori aquatic carnival of its kind and the only regular event when Waka Taua or Maori War Canoes take to the water.  This annual event is hosted under the patronage of the Maori King, Kingi Tuheitia and encapsulates the bringing of all peoples together to share the cultural wonder that is the Turangawaewae Regatta. 

Last week we had a workman at Maire erecting new weather blinds for our deck.  They are going to be awesome during the cold months of winter.

We are really sad to say that Awatea will be leaving Maire at the end of March.  He is on his way to Police College.  We wish him the very best and hope he comes back in his police uniform so the tamariki can see him.  Awa has been with us for a year and a half now and we will all miss him.

Lastly, we would like to wish all the pepe born in Poutūterangi a hari huritau.


Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako



We have had a very busy month at Kauri and the weather is starting to cool down after a long hot summer.

This month we have said ka kite ano to Adam and Asher.  Welcome to Jake, Brooklyn, Athena-Rose, Izzy, Ben, and Abigail.  Lacy has decided to take this year off to focus on her study so has taken 12 months leave. We wish her all the best. 

At Kauri the children have been loving the outdoors, making the most of the warm dry days, playing in the sandpit, cruising around on bikes, climbing on the obstacle course, and helping with the gardens.  

Ruben The Road Safety Bear recently came to visit the children to teach them about how to be safe on our roads. We have books for the Kauri whānau to take home and read with their children. These are by the sign in clipboard. Please help yourself.

The Community Explorers went for a trip to the Taitua Arboretum and were most intrigued by the hens and roosters. These can be daunting for children who have never seen them before, but they did really well facing their fears, and the children who were comfortable with chickens shooed them away for those less confident amongst us.

Our Ngahere Explorers have been busy exploring their environment at Pukemokemoke. There are all sorts of obstacles like small gullies to cross and trees to navigate. The group have decided they are going to construct a hut together. Watch this space!

Mahi Tahi have been learning all about paper making. We made some recycled paper from our paper recycling bin which was great fun. We have just attempted to make some from leaves and will be trying to make some from bark which is very exciting. Maybe we can start a paper factory and produce our own paper!