Director’s Message

Kia ora Whānau

The winter weather is suddenly upon us with more rain and colder temperatures.  Please remember that if your child is unwell we would rather they stay at home to have time to recover.  Being away from Creche means that they don’t pass their illnesses on.  Thank you for your assistance in this regard.

The new Maire building is nearly ready to occupy.  There are a few last compliances that we are obtaining and unfortunately this takes some time to process.  We appreciate your patience.

There are some changes in staffing at Creche coming up.  Yoshie Akasaka has recently won a position as a new entrant teacher in a primary school.  Yoshie has been with us for almost 10 years and we thank her so much for her many many contributions to Creche and the community.  She is going to be missed. 




Kia Ora Whekī Whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Charlotte, Winter-Love and Aser.  We look forward to getting to know you, and working together in partnership with you and your whānau.

Ka kite to Iroha, Riley, Georgia and Ayla B who have all transitioned to Kōwhai.  Ka kite also to Sophie and Alma, who have both left Creche. We wish you all the very best in your new adventures. 

Thank you very much to everyone who attended our Holi celebration in March.  We had a great turnout for this event and the children really enjoyed the variety of activities we provided throughout the week.  Both the children, their whānau and the teachers also really enjoyed partaking in the main event – getting covered in coloured powder paint!  The activities we explored during the week included: green slime, coloured paints, purple gloop and coloured ice.

During April, we celebrated Easter at Creche. The children enjoyed the Easter party and the Easter Bunny was very generous with chocolate Easter eggs.

Whekī Kaiako



Kia ora Kōwhai families!

We would like to especially welcome new families and tamariki who have recently joined us - Ayla, Georgia, Iroha and Claire.  We look forward to getting to know you. The diversity of cultures is what makes our learning community so unique and special!

We also welcome the autumn season – one that is filled with colour and a bit more rain!  We do try our best to keep tamariki warm and dry.  At times they will get wet if they are outside splashing and sploshing around in puddles or going on walks to the University.  Therefore, it’s best to pack a few extra sets of clothes for them and gumboots are a good idea too!

We have had an eventful term with a visit to the Anzac memorial to lay a wreath made by our tamariki.  We have Matariki (Maori New Year) coming up next month which is of special significance to us.  If anyone would like to participate and/or share some ideas with us on celebrating this occasion at Kōwhai, please let us know!

The Kōwhai team



Tena koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire Mai Aorere, Stella, Eli, Dane, Kaia and whanau.  We hope your time here with us in Maire is filled with joy and laughter.

Our new whare is close to being finished now.  We are just waiting for the Ministry to sign us off.  A big nga mihi to Sue and Tracey for all their hard work, perseverance and mad gardening and maintenance skills.  Also, Wayne (Sue’s husband) and Huw (our friendly maintenance man) for all their support and help with everything.  Nga mihi to the University kaumatua Tom Roa for blessing our whare on Monday, 1 May and to Sandy Morrison for her tautoko in setting it up for us.  We can't wait to be in there.

Winter is fast approaching and with the colder mornings and late afternoons we will make sure all our tamariki are wrapped up warm while outside.

Hari huritau to all the pēpē born in Haratua.

Kia pai to ra

Maire Kaiako



Kia ora whānau. We are starting to have cold weather so it is important that our children wear layers of clothes, hats and gumboots. Our children do really enjoy going outside and exploring nature.

Can Do Kids music sessions provided by Annaleise have started in May and the children have been enjoying the opportunities to use musical instruments, learn tempos and pitches, and most of all, our children are having fun playing music with Annaleise! 

As many of you already know, Yoshie has been appointed as a new entrant teacher at Hamilton East School. We have appointed a new Head Teacher, Tim Bennett who will start on Monday, 29 May.  Tim comes with lots of experience working in London, an Auckland kindergarten and previously at Creche.

Yoshie’s last day party is on Friday, 26 May starting at 5.00 pm with the children’s concert commencing at 5:30 pm.  We will also be welcoming Tim at this gathering.

We welcome two relievers to Kauri, Latanya and Lisa. Both have been working in Kauri over the last few weeks and getting to know our children.

All the best for Jordan, Finnian, Charlotte and Honor who have transitioned to school. We will miss you guys very much!

Kauri kaiako

I would like to say a huge thank you to all our whānau for supporting me and the Kauri team for the last year. It has been such a pleasure to get to know our whānau and build very special relationships with the children and their families.