Director’s Message

It is a great time of the year with the spring blossoms everywhere, baby animals to watch, longer days and the children being able to play outside more.

Plans are well under way for our ‘not to be missed’ Christmas Party (more details later in the newsletter).

The University are going to carry out some earthquake strengthening of the Creche Offices and our Whekī building over the next few months.  The Office will be done in November.  There is likely to be some banging and clattering under the building.  If we are not in the Office, we will be over in the staffroom during this time.  Notices will be put up so there is no confusion.

The work in Whekī will begin on Monday, 7 December and be completed by Friday, 15 January 2016.   Unfortunately we need to vacate the building as the interior walls need to be removed and bracing added.   We have contingency plans in place and we would like to assure you that the babies and all other children will be accommodated comfortably in our other centres.  The exact arrangements we make will depend on the number of children we have in each centre at the time.  We will keep you posted once we have made firm plans.  We are hoping to have a minimum of disruption for the children and families at this time.

Sue Bennett


We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Troy.  We look forward to getting to know you and working together in partnership.

Ka Kite to Izzy, Alaan and Cadence who have transitioned to Kōwhai. 

On Thursday, 12 November we will be celebrating Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights. There will be a selection of Indian sweets, snacks and tea available as you drop your child off in the morning.  Please feel free to join us for this celebration.    


Who is not happy that spring has sprung?  Blossoms and new soft leaves appearing.  It’s a magical time of the year….and our little people love to be outdoors so what’s not to love.  Please make sure children have at least two changes of clothes as we enter water play time.  We do have some in the winter but not nearly as much as from here through summer.

We were sad to say goodbye to Vincent, Caleb, Katrina and Timaima and we miss them but know they were ready for new challenges.

We are also in the process of saying goodbye to Ashley and Asher who are in transition to Maire.

We are happy though to welcome our new children and their whānau Izzy, Alaan, Leon, Awad and Cadence.  We hope you all feel at home here.  Good to have you back in the Kōwhai fold Bodene and Jasmine.

Thanks to those who were able to attend our breakfast.  Yum, nothing like hash browns, bacon and eggs to start the day right.  Manaakitanga is important to us and what better way to show it than to eat together. 


We have a busy couple of months ahead in Nīkau. All the Nīkau teachers would like to welcome Vincent, Mannat, Katrina and Timaima along with their families to Nīkau. We are all looking forward to getting to know you all. We would like to welcome back Isabella this week.  Isabella is a University student who will be here with us for the next four weeks.

The weather is getting warmer so could you all please bring a NAMED hat to Nīkau that can stay here so your child has one every day. We are putting sunscreen on daily. If your child has an allergy or reacts to our sunscreen could you please bring an alternative.

Just a reminder about our trips. As a team we are looking forward to going to the Hamilton Zoo and Bullswool Farm. Please return your permission slips as soon as possible as this enables us to plan our staffing to meet the ratios. If you have any questions about these trips then please see one of the teachers.


Tēnā Koutou

We would like to first shout a big nau mai to Caleb, Asher, Ashley, Trissa and all their whānau.  We hope you enjoy your time here with our Maire whānau.  We would also like to say ka kite anō to Amohia, Kimball, Leighton, Emily, Kate, Kaleb and their whānau.  This is not farewell but see you again and please feel free to come visit anytime.

The weather is slowly getting warmer so be prepared for a lot of water play and wet clothing. Our playground gets very hot so we spend a lot of time in the water.  We are also sun blocking our tamariki now and getting them to wear sun hats if they are playing outside.

Our Maire whare has really got into the Rugby World Cup theme.  We have made our All Blacks jerseys, painted our balls, have our All Blacks player cards up and ready.  We have been having a lot of ball type activities and watched a few highlights of the games.  We are having a special All Blacks “Everything Black Day” on Friday, 30 October.

Lastly, we would like to wish all the pēpe born in Whiringa-ā-nuku a very Hari Huritau.

Kia pai to Ra

Marie kaiako


Kia ora Kauri and Creche whānau

We have had another busy month here at Kauri with our mini Holiday Programme kicking off the month. The children have such a wonderful time over these days, dressing up, getting creative, experiencing culture and much more. Thank you for your continued support of this initiative. It takes a bit more commitment from both the teachers and the parents so that children can come prepared and make the most of each day.

This month Kauri took part in the countrywide Shakeout, where children from all over the country practiced what to do in an earthquake. This is valuable learning for the children as much of New Zealand is placed over a fault line and could experience an earthquake at some point.

Our children continue to be fascinated with Māori myths and legends and enjoy reading them out to one another and re-enacting them. There is a lot of oral language development happening through this sharing of our rich cultural heritage.

We have said goodbye to a group of children who have turned 5 and have moved onto school. We still have a few more who will go shortly. In their place we have welcomed children from Maire and their families. We wish all our children leaving all the very best for their learning at school and look forward to getting to know our new children and their families over their time with us.

We will be finishing off our Ngahere visits in the middle of November and these will start up again with new children early in February next year. If you have any questions about this programme please come and have a chat with one of our team.

November also means planning for the upcoming Christmas party. Please let us know if you will be attending as soon as possible so we can be prepared.

As the weather warms up children will need to be using sunscreen and wearing hats. We do supply sunscreen but if your child has a sensitivity to this please bring in an alternative and we are happy to apply it. We also have a number of hats which the children can use but it is always a good idea to bring a named one from home to help prevent the spread of head lice.

Thank you.

Kauri team 

Holiday Programme

We had an amazing bunch of children. The staff really enjoyed the fun and laughter during the programme – thank you!  We welcomed our new teacher Ilaise to the programme these holidays and enjoyed seeing Hannah, Josh and Zita again.  

Some of our favourite crafts we made were money bottles, nail and string art, key rings and yarn bowls.  We hope you enjoy the last term of school and look forward to seeing you next holiday.

Christmas Party 2015

Our annual children’s Christmas Party will be on Friday, 4 December commencing at 5.00 pm.

For new parents this is a “not to be missed” occasion, with Santa in attendance along with many other exciting activities.  The children, parents and teachers thoroughly enjoy this.

The cost per child is $25.00 for your first child and $20.00 for every other child at Creche. This will be charged to your Creche account for those that RSVP.   This cost covers a present for your child from Santa, a present that your child has made for you, entertainment and food at the Christmas Party.

Parents need to RSVP by Friday, 20 November to enable us to cater for the numbers.  Please RSVP by e‑mailing or by completing the Christmas Party form that will be put in your child’s Centre.  

Extended family members will need to purchase tickets from the Creche Office at $5.00 per person.  Payment for extra tickets must be made by cash or cheque to the Creche Office and will be available for purchase up until Friday, 20 November.

Christmas Break

Creche does not close down over the Christmas period. Centres will remain open based on the number of children attending over this time. Some centres may combine dependant on number of children booked in.

For the 2 week period 21 December 2015 through to 1 January 2016, the Creche hours will reduce to 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. If your child is going to be absent from Creche over this period, we must receive written notification.  Full fees will be charged for children who are absent for 3 weeks or more.

Normal Creche hours will resume from Tuesday, 5 January 2016.