It is hard to believe that it is already November and nearly Christmas!  It’s a very busy time of the year for everyone. 

The new building is being built at the builder’s yard and the estimated time of delivery onto the Creche site is 23 January.  The new building is coming in 2 parts and once these have been joined the deck will be built on site and the services connected.  The site is currently being prepared for the new building so the whole project is progressing.  We do apologise for the length of time this big project is taking to complete, however, it is going to be very exciting the day we move in.  Look for updates in the Maire building and we will keep you posted through future newsletters.

Thank you to everyone who is using the TX car park to drop off and collect your Kauri children.  We recommend that you do not use the regular Creche car park while the building project is underway. The reason being that it is dangerous backing out of the car park.

I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Party on Friday, 2 December

Sue Bennett



A very warm welcome to Olivia.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership.

Thank you to all our whānau who attended our recent Diwali celebration.  We enjoyed sharing this event with you and trying all the yummy Indian snacks and sweets, and the kaiako enjoyed getting dressed up in traditional Indian suits.

We look forward to celebrating the up-coming Christmas party with you all.


Kia ora koutou!

Wow, we can’t believe how fast this year has flown by and that it’s nearly…CHRISTMAS!!!  Our annual Christmas Party will be held on Friday, 2 December.  Not too far away now, so if you and your whānau are planning to come, please let us know as soon as possible.

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest tamaiti, Willem, and his whānau, who come all the way from Germany.  They will be spending 4 months with us and we are looking forward to getting to know them and share with them our Kiwi culture!

We farewell Nova and her family, who have made the recent move up to Auckland.  We wish them all the best and know that you will be missed!

Our garden is in full bloom!  The sunflowers have opened and our strawberries are fruiting.  They don’t stay around long though because we have a lot of keen tasters! J Soon we hope to plant out our climbing beans as well.

We are thinking of having a trip to Potter’s Park in Parana Park on Memorial Drive with our tamariki and parents/whānau around mid-December.  Stay tuned for more details!


Tēnā koutou katoa

Nau mai haere mai to our new tamaiti Ngalualoa and his whānau we hope you enjoy your time here in Maire.

Ka kite ano Zoe and whānau, we will see you when we visit Kauri.

Nīkau have joined us and are all settled and happy.  All our tamariki have adjusted fantastically with our new group size.

Sarah Yi has left to go home to Taiwan.  She will return in February 2017. 

Rangi has visited our new whare on site where it is being built and it is looking good.  We have photos of the progress on the wall beside the turtle tank if you would like to see.  Our whenua has been dug out and is just waiting for the retaining wall.  It is a very exciting time.

We visited the Berry Farm on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There were lots of yummy strawberries just waiting for us to pick. The children loved picking the strawberries.  It is a great way for the children to see where their food comes from.  Our tamariki enjoyed sampling them and collecting their own container of berries to take home and share with their whānau. It was also perfect weather to enjoy an icecream at the end. What a treat!  We try to plan a trip like this every year.

We are also looking forward to our end of the year trip to Butterfly Creek, in Tamaki Mākaurau.

If you haven’t already informed staff whether you will be attending the Christmas Party please do so, it takes a lot of time to support your children while they make your present.

Last but not least, Hari Huritau to all the pepe born in Whiringa-ā-rangi.

Kia pai to ra

Maire/Nīkau Kaiako


Tēnā koutou katoa

We would like to say a massive nau mau haere mai to Zoe, Sage, Ella, Erin, Cyress and their whānau. Welcome to Kauri and we look forward to getting to know you all.

We have said ka kite ano, see you again to MaCleay, Reinahera, Riley, Grace, Brooke, Sienna and Kaleb as they have all turned five and moved on to enjoy their new school journey.  Jenny Dutton has also left us to go and work at the Fraser site.  All the best Jenny – although we know we will still see lots of you!

We have been preparing for our Christmas concert in Kauri and are looking forward to performing it to you all at the big Christmas Party coming up.

Our adventures to Ngahere have now finished for the year, but some exciting news is that we can now have some extra adventures to the Arboretum in our very own Campus Creche van. Watch this space!!!

We also had a great trip to the Hamilton Gardens last week. Thank you so much for all the support of our whānau. We couldn’t have done this without all the parent support. Kia ora.

We have been working with the tamariki using our treaty as our guideline for a safe and happy place at Kauri. A massive effort has been made at Kauri during the last week with tidying and cleaning throughout the environment. We are hoping to show the tamariki that by respecting our environment we are contributing to caring for each other and our equipment. We really hope you enjoy the changes and it feels welcoming to you all.

Please remember to name your children’s clothes and check they bring spare clothes for the warmer weather. The water play is becoming very popular and a lot more frequent.

We would be very grateful and appreciative if tamariki did not bring toys from home to Creche. 

Thank you again for your ongoing support and contributions to your children’s learning. Remember we have an open-door policy and invite you to come and spend time with your tamariki when you can.

Holiday Programme

The 2017 Enrolment Forms have been e-mailed out and are available from the Creche Office.  Lots of exciting trips have been organised for 2017.

Our January programme commences on 9 January for 3 weeks at Hillcrest Normal School.  The January trips are a visit to Little Waihi, Movies, Waimarino Water Park & Baywave in Tauranga. 

If you haven’t received an enrolment form or would like one, please contact the Creche Office.