Director’s Message

Kia ora

It is hard to believe it is May already, the year is zooming past.

We have recently had a Food Audit as part of the Food Act 2015 legislation.  Overall, our practices in this area are up to standard, however, we have strengthened our recording of cleaning and temperatures of food.   We also have a healthy food policy and have booklets in each centre that outline healthy options for your child’s lunch box.  The early childhood years are such a critical age to influence healthy eating options and we encourage this as much as possible.

Following advice from the Health Department, children who have had an episode of vomiting and or diarrhoea must stay away from Creche for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea. 

If your child has been unwell during the night, please don’t bring them into Creche the next morning, as it is so easy for these germs to be passed around and this is unfair for everyone.  We appreciate you collecting your child as soon as possible if you are contacted and keeping them home for the required 48 hours.  When they return to Creche they will be fit and healthy.

Sue Bennett




Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Awatea and Toby.  We look forward to getting to know you both and working together in partnership with you and your whānau. 

Ka kite to Zain, who has completed his transition to Kōwhai. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Holi in March.  We had a fun week exploring a variety of colourful activities and enjoyed sampling different Indian snacks and sweets at our whānau event.  Thank you to those who could spend some time with us for this event.

Before the Easter break, we celebrated Easter at Creche and the children had a visit from the Easter Bunny who brought us some yummy treats. Thank you Easter Bunny!

We were loving the sunny weather and were able to spend lots of time outside. We made use of the Nīkau playground, exploring nature and for some of our children, visiting their siblings through the fence at Maire.  Now suddenly it has turned cold and wet.  Thank you for bringing suitable footwear for your children.

Whekī team


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

It has been quite a busy month with lots of tamariki and their whānau coming and going from Kōwhai.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new tamariki: AJ, Ava-Lee, Harriet and Zain and their families. We also send our farewells to Iroha, Riley, Yash, Georgia, Toni and Obamang and their families as they move on from Kōwhai.

We are very excited to welcome Hilary to our Kōwhai team.

“Kia ora whānau. My name is Hilary Larsen and I will be joining the Kōwhai team as a qualified teacher. I have recently finished my degree through WINTEC and am very excited to begin my teaching journey as a qualified teacher. I have a son – Toby – who will be joining Whekī and a daughter – Paige – who will be in Kauri. I look forward to getting to know you and your whānau and working with and alongside you here at Campus Creche.”

Over the last month at Kōwhai we have welcomed the colder months of the year and been enjoying and exploring the beautiful changes in nature around us. The leaves have begun to change colour and fall, and we have been indulging in the fruit that the cold weather brings too.

In Kōwhai we celebrated ANZAC Day and commemorated this day by making some delicious ANZAC biscuits to enjoy and take home to share with our whānau. We also celebrated Mother’s Day this month by sharing in some delicious kai.

The Kōwhai Team



Tena koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai ki Marie whare Toni, Georgia, Yash, Iroha, Kara, Daisy, ‘Amanaki and John.  We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau better over your time here at Maire.

Ka kite anō Jesse and whānau, we will see you next time we visit Kauri.

Wow! It’s been a busy 2 months.  Our tamariki have watched and participated in the Maire Olympic Games.  Priscilla and Myar took two groups of tamariki to Porritt Stadium to compete in games.  Our tamariki had a blast.

Literacy is a real interest for our tamariki at the moment, whether it be through waiata, pukapuka, kanikani or practicing writing their own name. 

We currently have two students, Oni and Sophie, that are with us every Thursday. Feel free to get to know them a little better.  Rangi also has a student for the next 7 weeks and her name is Mimi she is from Te Whare Wananga O Waikato (Waikato University).

Lastly, we would like to wish all the pepe born in Paenga-whāwhā and Haratua a very big “Hari Huritau”!!

Kia pai to ra

Maire kaiako



Kia ora whānau

The weather has slowly been cooling down and the leaves on our beautiful oak trees have started to turn and fall. We are becoming inundated with leaves and the children are loving raking these up for the chicken coup! Some of the children have also developed a huge fascination with the acorns falling from the tree. These have been collected, smashed open and investigated, and used as ingredients for all sorts of pretend foods and potions.

We recently had a visit from an ambulance officer. He brought his ambulance and talked to the children about the different emergency services. As part of this, we talked about the importance of children knowing the police are there to help and not to be scared of them. Conversations such as these are important to give children a positive impression of police, so if they are in trouble or get lost they know they can approach them and be safe.

Our Ngahere Explorers have been investigating the totality of Pukemokemoke, finding new areas, new animals, new artefacts and new interests. Recently they ventured all the way to the summit of Pukemokemoke which was quite a distance! Lots of sleeping children in the van that day!

Community Explorers have been getting out and about exploring our neighbourhood and city together. Lately the group has visited the Taitua Arboretum, the Hamilton Gardens, the University, and the Hamilton Lake.

As the weather has been wet lately, please remember to pack warm clothes for your children and bring plenty of spare changes for rainy days playing outside. Gumboots are a great idea for children’s play here at Kauri because they love jumping in puddles and slipping around in mud.