Welcome to 2019 at Campus Creche.  For those of you who are returning a big welcome back.  For those of you who are new, a hearty welcome.  We hope you all enjoy your time having your precious little ones attending Campus Creche.

We would like to acknowledge all those families, whānau and people that the Christchurch tragedy has touched.  Our heartfelt sorrow, thoughts and prayers go out to all.

We had a big response from our parent survey at the end of last year.  Thank you to everyone who completed the survey.  We are acting on the feedback we received and soon I hope to put a summary of the survey on Educa.

Don’t forget that your child’s key teacher is available for you to discuss any matters you wish to, so please feel free to make a time to meet with them.

Sue Bennett



Kia ora Whekī Whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new children who have started so far this year - Kui, Konrad, George, Hinerangi, Tākiri, Karlaine, Wyatt, Ira and Eric.  We look forward to getting to know you all and working together in partnership with you and your whānau. 

Ka kite to Austin, Talia, Nora, Toby and Awatea, who completed their transition to Kōwhai over summer when we were combined.  Ka kite also to Ayla and Franklin, who have recently completed their transitions.  We wish you and your whānau all the best in your Creche journey.

In December, we headed off to Hamilton Zoo on a bus with Kōwhai for the day.  What a great day we all had! We saw so many exciting animals, had a picnic lunch and finished off the day with an ice block.

We would like to express our sincerest thanks to Kōwhai for having us to play over summer.  Joining with Kōwhai enabled a smooth process for those children who were transitioning during this period. The children enjoyed exploring this new environment – indoors and outdoors - and building relationships with their older peers.

Warm summer days brought water play in a variety of forms at Whekī.  The children enjoyed the pool under the trees, sprinkler on the deck, as well as ice exploration.

This year we have two CUSP students from the University of Waikato Early Childhood teaching programme.  Charmaine is a Year 2 student and is attending every Tuesday during semester time.  Teina is a Year 1 student and is attending every Thursday during semester time.   We welcome you both to Whekī and hope you enjoy your time with us.

We look forward to celebrating Holi at Whekī this coming Thursday.  This day will involve a variety of colourful activities for our tamariki.

Ngā mihi

Whekī Team



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

Nga tamariki have been busy this month, involved in a number of outings to other centres at Creche and the University, as well as celebrations, including celebrating International Children’s Day and International Women’s Day.

For Children’s Day it was an especially fun day in the centre to highlight how special our tamariki are with lots of activities, including dancing under the disco lights, face painting, bubbles and more.


For International Women’s Day (the theme for the year being gender balance and the colour purple) we had a purple theme happening in Kōwhai with different sensory activities.  We also had face painting again, this time as superheroes, to show that we believe all our nga tamariki are super special and super talented!

We were lucky to celebrate one of our tamaiti national days of their country, Kuwait, recently too. Nga tamariki enjoyed listening and dancing to their National Day song and painting using the colours of their national flag — red, black, green and white.

Please come and speak to us if you and your family have any special days that you would like us to celebrate in the centre.  We would love to hear from you and look forward to learning more.  It is a wonderful way to share and develop an understanding and respect for diversity within our community.

Ngā mihi nui

Kōwhai Team



Kia ora Maire whaanau

Ngaa mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.

Mel one of our Kaiako, had a fantastic idea to have a water fight between our Maire and Kauri whare.  It was a fantastic morning with lots of laughing and lots of water. There was not a dry person in sight!

For our end of year trip in December we headed to the Marokopa Falls, the Mangapohue Natural Bridge and for some the Jim Baker memorial playground in Otorohanga.  We would like to thank all our whaanau that were able to come and spend the day with us, we had a fantastic day.  Thank you, Priscilla, for your suggestion it was beautiful.  Aotearoa is tino ataahua.

The summer heat has been very hot, so our tamariki have made the most of playing inside or outside with water play.

Maire celebrated the Chinese New Year this year with lots of yummy food thanks to Sarah Yi.  We have had lots of dumplings, pig cup cakes (year of the pig) and wontons.  During mat times Sarah has told the tamariki zodiac stories and they have all enjoyed these.

Rangi and Priscilla took our older tamariki to watch the Kopapa races at Turangawaewae on Wednesday, 13 March.  It really was a whaanau day as Mel, Jeanny and some of our Fraser tamariki were also able to join us.  Tainui rohe is very important to Creche as they are the mana whenua of this area.

We would like to wish all the pepe born in Hakihea, Kohitatea and Poutū-te-rangi a very big “RA WHAANAU”.  We hope you all had an amazing and special day.

Kia pai to ra

Kaiako o Maire



Welcome to 2019, what a hiss and a roar the year has started with! Earlier this year we said goodbye to Mel who has been working at Kauri for the last few years. Mel has gone over to our Fraser centre to work with their Over 2’s.

We wish her all the best in her new role. Yasmine from Whekī has been working at Kauri for the last few weeks and it has been wonderful having her spend time with our tamariki. This week we have welcomed back Lacy who has been on study leave for 12 months finishing off her masters degree. Welcome back Lacy, it is wonderful to have you back in Kauri. Our 2019 teaching team comprises of; Tim (Head Teacher), Vanessa, Yurika, Lacy, with Arlette and Becky as our unqualified teachers.

Over the past few weeks we have been exploring lots of international foods such as warak enab (stuffed vine leaves) and sushi. We have been learning about different cultures and food is a wonderful way to make connections with people, places, and things that we are not familiar with.

Earlier this year we welcomed Poppy, our new blue tongue skink. Poppy is a couple of months old and comes from a breeder in Tauranga. She loves hunting insects and our children have been busy finding all sorts of creepy crawlies for her to munch and crunch on. Particular favourites are snails, crickets, and cockroaches. If you have a surplus of any of these creatures (and you don’t use poison on them) we would love you to bring them in for her!