Kia ora Whekī whānau

We recently had a rainy day, so made the most of this opportunity to explore this water.  Puddles of water were found on our play equipment outside and were splashed in with great delight.  One of the children experimented with rain on the slide and discovered this made the slide extra slippery as she zoomed down!

Our excursions to the University allow the children opportunities to build on their gross motor skills through the wide open spaces enabling them to practice their walking and running skills. Sometimes the environment provides safe challenges to further these skills too.  On one such excursion, one of our tamariki was challenging himself, finding strategies to get up and down a steep hill.  Going up the hill, he was discovering how challenging it can be and was using both his hands and feet.  He then found it was much easier to go back down the hill on his bottom!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Whekī Kaiako


Kia ora Kōwhai whānau

It is with sadness that we also say ka kite to Marliese.  She has been a valuable member of our team and we will all miss her greatly. We would like to say a big thank you to Marliese for all she has done here, she has brought many smiles and fun activities which our tamariki have thoroughly enjoyed. We wish you all the best.

As part of building relationships and making connections with our wider Creche community, we have been going on walks around Creche and the University. The tamariki have really enjoyed exploring their wider world and making discoveries such as finding Tron Rocks and checking out the recently built aviary at Kauri.

During hotter periods of the day, exploring ice continues to be a big hit with our tamariki. We have added various textures and smells such as leaves and lavender to the ice block to extend this interest. This allows for awesome sensory exploration using touch, smell and even taste!

The season is beginning to change, and it is getting colder in the mornings and evenings. We would like to please ask whānau to bring warm clothing in amongst your child’s spares, so the children can keep warm as they move in and out of our environments. To support us in our efforts to return each child’s belongings we ask that you please name your child’s belongings. Thank you for your help with this.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Kōwhai team


Teenaa koutou katoa

Yoga and Zumba continues to be a very popular part of our programme.  Our tamariki are not only having fun but they continue to build concentration, coordination and their motor skills.

The Maire kaiako decided to plan a disco for all our tamariki that love to dress up and dance.  The kaiako decorated the room and got the music ready.  Everyone dressed up, some with their own personal outfits and some with Maire dress ups, even the kaiako dressed for the occasion.  We had a fantastic time laughing and dancing!

Trips out into the community continue to be a favourite with our tamariki.  One trip we visited the Mangakara Nature walk which our tamariki thoroughly enjoyed.  We saw some beautiful big trees, many tree trunks our tamariki could fit in, a tree whose roots were growing above the ground and a beautiful stream.

We would like to wish all our whaanau who have a birthday in Poutuu-te-rangi a BIG ra whaanau.  We hope you have an amazing day!

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako


Tēnā tātou i te Kauri whānau, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

With the season of ngahuru (autumn), we have had an abundance to harvest from our garden. We have harvested marrow, tomatoes, beans, passionfruit, mint, parsley, and many other herbs. Having such a colourful vegetable garden has inspired an interest in cooking for our tamariki.  We have cooked vegetable fritters, pasta, warak enab, and pizza and many other delights.  There is a saying that goes by “ngahuru, kura kai, kura tangata” which roughly translates to: autumn, the wealth of food, the wealth of people. We have truly experienced the gifts of the Earth during this season!

On Monday, 9 March, we celebrated the Indian festival of colour, Holi. We dressed up in white and experienced the colourfulness of the festival by throwing colour powder on each other, decorating our centre with bright flowers, and indulging in Indian snacks throughout the day. Happy Holi everyone and we wish you a colourful year ahead!

Ngahere Explorers have been exploring the great outdoors and some have had an interest in creating art using natural resources on their trips. The Community Explorers, on the other hand, have experienced the University’s Teaching Library, fernery, and O-Week setup in the Village Green.

Nō reira, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou

Kauri kaiako