Director’s Message

Winter has arrived and it’s that time when we have lots of sick children at Creche. If your little one is sick please take them to the Doctor and get them checked out. We are a “well” centre and try to minimise passing on germs. We appreciate your support with this.

Even in the winter weather the children like to get outside to play. Please make sure your child is warmly dressed and has a change of clothes, so that they can enjoy all areas of the curriculum.

There have been some significant changes to our Health and Safety Policy as part of the three yearly review. Please take the time to read the special memo that is with this newsletter about these changes.

Sue Bennett



Kia Ora Whekī Whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Laura and her whānau. We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership. Ka kite to Sophie, Ashley, Lincoln and Alex who have transitioned to Kōwhai and ka kite to Te Rārawa and his whānau. We wish them all the best.

We have had a few kaiako changes this past month. First of all, Emma is officially on maternity leave and almost ready to welcome her second child! Nona Morris has come on board in Emma’s place and will fully take over all of her responsibilities, including key teacher responsibilities for Emma’s children. She will also be supporting Leona in her administrative duties.

Nona has worked for Campus Creche in previous years and is a fully qualified teacher with enormous passion for teaching. She is originally from the USA, but has lived in New Zealand for the past 20 years with her husband and two sons.

Secondly, Jenny Chen, a fully qualified teacher from Kōwhai will be working in Whekī for several months. This is to cover the leave periods of Ruth and then Sunita. She will be responsible for these teachers key children during this period. Jenny is originally from China and has lived in NZ for 14 years. She has two young children one of whom is a Campus Creche kid. She is a very dedicated teacher and we are lucky to have her join our team. 


This month has seen changes at Kōwhai with Jenny going to Whekī while Ruth is away for 6 weeks and Asha coming from Kauri to fill out our team. It is a treat to have Asha here as I’m sure our parents have discovered. We also welcome new children Sophie and Ashley and their families to our whānau.

On Monday, 18 May we had a “Fish and Chip” night. What a great response we have had for our social evening, of getting together with kai to get to know one another better.

We have had an outing to the University and Carol is planning a special trip this month around transport and vehicles because of the strong interest of some of our children.

Samoan language week began on Monday, 25 May. We hope to extend our knowledge of Samoan culture and language with song and phrases. If you can help us with this in any way, please let us know.

As we did last year we are having Angel Week during this same week. This is a time to make others feel special. For you, our whānau, we will be having a morning tea sometime during that week. Watch for notices above our sign in sheets.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to our garage sales. Bad rain the first time didn’t deter many of you. Sincere thanks for your support. Our bathroom has been bulging at the seams due to your generosity.

Take care over the next month.

Regards from the Kowhai staff



It’s been a very busy month in Nīkau. We have had a slight drop in numbers as some tamariki have transitioned to Kauri. We would like to wish Milly, Jordy and Ava all the very best for their time down at Kauri. We know that you will all enjoy embracing the challenges that are available within the new environment.

There has been a real interest in the natural environment within Nīkau over the last month. The tamariki in Nīkau have been enjoying watching monarch butterflies lay eggs, caterpillars grow and form chrysalises and later see butterflies hatch. Many parents and whānau have also been encouraged to come and take a look with their tamariki.

The tamariki are enjoying going to the Arboretum more regularly. Going every week has been very beneficial for all involved. We have however had some challenges around these excursions, such as vans being repaired, staffing, and the weather, but hopefully we are now back on track.


Tēnā koutou

Maire has had a few changes in staffing lately. Tania has left Creche for a new adventure and we wish her all the best. Megan who you may already have met has joined our team and we have another teacher, Melissa, starting in June.  Melissa comes to us from Napier. We hope that Megan and Melissa enjoy their time here in Maire. As soon as Melissa has settled in we will be having a Maire breakfast so everyone can get to know each other better.

We would like to take this time to say a big ka kite to Te Haa, Hayden, Ben, MaCleay and Bonnie and all their whānau as they move on to Kauri. You have all been with us for a long time and we will miss you all but hopefully we will see you from time to time.

We would like to welcome all our new tamariki and their whānau and hope that they enjoy their time here with us.

This month Sarah and Rangi took some of our tamariki to Bunnings to buy some plants, herbs and vegetables to plant in our gardens. Sarah is our amazing gardener and loves to cook with the tamariki using all Maire grown vegetables. This month they made a pumpkin soup for afternoon tea, which some of the tamariki enjoyed. We also went to the Trade Aid shop to purchase a few new musical instruments because it is a growing interest at the moment.

We would like to thank all the whānau that brought in items for the garage sale and also the whānau that came along on the day to look for bargains. The weather was awful but the garage sale wasn’t too bad.

Hari huritau to all the pēpe born in Haratua.

Kia pai to ra whānau


KauriWe have had a real focus on New Zealand Sign language over the last few weeks and the children have been learning and practicing several songs.

The Group Time children went to visit a retirement home where they performed for the residents, one of which was deaf. This helped to show this group the value of learning sign language. On Wednesday, 6 May the whole of Kauri performed songs at the University to celebrate and acknowledge New Zealand Sign Language week.

With the weather getting colder we have been able to have our first camp fire for the season and we were able to cook pumpkin soup over the fire. The children helped to cut up the pumpkin and onions and enjoyed the soup for afternoon tea. We look forward to more opportunities like this and welcome ideas and ingredients for things we can try with the children. The opportunity to experience fires in a managed environment allows the children to discover the dangers and how to manage the risks involved.

We have been making the most of donated materials, creating a challenge course from round logs given to us. We really appreciate donations from the community, allowing us to recycle materials and save money too. 

Creche Gates

Just a timely reminder that the gates are for adults to open, not children. Some parents are encouraging their children to open the gates and this is posing as a safety risk. Children are trying to open gates unaccompanied by an adult. Please also discourage your child from climbing on the gates.


Puppet Show

Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education & Entertainment will be coming to Creche on Wednesday, 3 June at 11.00 am to perform ‘Mighty Maui Puppet Show’ at the Nikau Centre.


Campus Creche Holiday Programme

The Holiday Programme at Hillcrest Normal School will commence on Monday, 6 July for 2 weeks, 8.00 am to 5.30 pm.

The Wednesday trips planned are Ten Pin Bowling in the first week and then the children are off to the snow in the second week.

Places are limited so if you wish to book your child/ren in please contact the Creche Office ASAP.



James, the photographer from Avon Studios will be coming to Creche and taking photos on Tuesday, 25 August. Keep an eye out for the reminders.