Kia ora Whekī whānau

We are loving these warm sunny autumn days and have been taking advantage of this awesome weather by continuing with our excursions to the University.  The children have been enjoying watching the ducks, playing amongst the autumn leaves under the trees, as well as having the large open spaces to have a run around in.

Ramadan – the holy month of Ramadan commenced on 7 May.  During this time over a billion Muslims around the world partake in fasting during the day for the month.  The meaning behind this is for spiritual reflection and to be grateful for one’s blessings.  At Whekī, we are celebrating Ramadan by offering fresh dates at the end of the day, which are traditionally used to break fasting.  Please help yourself to these.

Ngā mihi

Whekī Team



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau!

We would like to welcome our newest tamariki and their whānau, Arlo, Kui and Leo to our centre.   Also, we say a sad goodbye to Harriet, Natalie, Ricky and Ngaru’s whānau as they move on to Maire.  We have loved our time together and you will be missed by your kaiako and tamariki! 

Well, at Kōwhai we are embracing the changes that the season of autumn brings!  We are wearing a few extra layers as we head outdoors now into the chilly temperatures and are having a lot of fun raking and playing in the leaves that have fallen from our oak tree.  We are eating the mandarins and feijoas from our fruit trees and are enjoying our walks to the University where the trees are showcasing their beautiful, autumn colours.

This month there were a number of important days that we acknowledged in Kōwhai.  One of these was Mother’s Day and ngā tamariki made their own lavender bath bombs.  It was a fun, hands-on experiment for ngā tamariki, mixing the different ingredients together and they smelt divine!  We also had a pink theme going on in the centre for anti-bullying day, with different activities for ngā tamariki.  Acknowledging days such as Mother’s Day and anti-bullying day in our curriculum are important to us as we reflect the wider world of the community in which we live.

Another special event coming up is Matariki in the month of June and we have some fun learning activities planned.  If any whānau would like to come in and share their knowledge and skills working with your child’s kaiako, you are most welcome!

Ngā mihi nui

Kōwhai Team


Tena koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai ki Maire Harriet, Natalie and whaanau.  We look forward to getting to know you all.

Ka kite ano Saraya, Amy, Ari, Aleisha and whaanau.  Have an amazing year and we will see you all around Creche.

We joined Kauri for our yearly Easter Party.  Our bunny arrived for a quick hello before she had to hop off to her next important hui.  The Easter Egg Hunt was very popular and very exciting for our tamariki.  We finished off our party with some yummy hot cross buns and fruit. 

Over the last month our family play area has become very popular with our tamariki.  They have been very busy cooking, feeding each other, feeding babies, doing mahi on the computers, sleeping the babies and themselves.

Sarah Y has gone home to Taiwan for a little whaanau time and comes back to us on Monday, 17 June.  While she is away, we have Deaan with us and she looks forward to meeting you all.

To all the pepe born in Haratua a big “Ra whaanau ki a koe.”

Kia pai to ra

Kaiako o Maire


Another month has gone by and the seasons are forever changing. We have been spending lots of time gathering up the oak leaves and the children love to help. We are moving these leaves down into our chicken coop to help encourage more insects for our chickens to nibble on. It also means the children will be able to go down and scratch through the leaf litter hunting for bugs to observe or bring up to feed Poppy, our blue tongue lizard. Please remember with the changing of the weather, spare clothes are very important for the children. At least two is a good amount, that way if they get wet in rain or messy play, they have something warm and dry to change into. We are also happy to take any donations of old clothes for our spare clothing.

Due to their intense upkeep, the Kauri teachers have decided to donate our terrapins to the Takiwatanga Sanctuary Trust which is a charitable organisation offering up close interactions with animals to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other differing abilities. We will be sad to see the terrapins go but we are confident they will bring joy to others at their new home and they will be well cared for. In place of our terrapins, we are going to work towards developing an aviary to bring a bit more life into our play space. To develop the aviary, we are looking at fundraising some money towards paying for the renovations. If anybody has any ideas of what we could do or connections in the wider community that might be helpful, let us know! We would be very grateful for any help.

We have been working in the garden lots over the past few weeks freshening them up and getting them ready for a new growing season. We have filled them with bokashi, which is a great source of nutrients (don’t forget you are welcome to take some of our bokashi fertiliser home, just chat to one of our teachers) and planted a few winter crops. We are also growing seeds in our mini greenhouse so the children can watch food production from seed sowing right through to harvesting, preparing, and best of all, consuming!