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

Ka kite to Ari and Amy who are transitioning to Kōwhai.  We wish you all the very best in your new adventures.

We would like to invite our Whekī whānau to celebrate Diwali with us on Thursday, 27 October from 7.30 am until 9.30am. We will have a selection of Indian sweets and snacks for you to try.  If your child is not booked in on that day, you are still very welcome to join us.

The children have been enjoying the wet weather and playing outside in the rain.  They have been exploring the puddles and mud and the feeling of raindrops on their faces and feet. 

“Puddle Stomp: This is an absolute must for releasing any built-up energy from being stuck inside. Big puddles, little puddles and, of course, mud puddles. Wade through big puddles to cause ripples and tides.  Stomp little puddles dry. Use mud puddles as the base for soup and stew – add leaves, twigs, stones and a wooden spoon!” 


We love that the warmer months have begun which means our children can have more water play.  It’s something they all enjoy.  Please be sure to pack lots of spare clothes so they can get dry more than once a day.

We have been busy with our gardens.  The children have been learning about growing things as they have planted, potted and watered.  Our environment is very important to us all.  Watch for the sunflowers in mid-summer.  We have also been doing plenty of bug hunts, catching mostly worms which the children find fascinating.  They are learning to use the magnifying glasses which are quite difficult for such small children.

We welcome Ari, Amy and their whānau to Kōwhai.  We hope you all enjoy your time with us.  We are sad to have said goodbye to Ben, Athena, Jesse and Kyan and their whānau.  We will miss you all and wish you all the best for the future.


Kia ora whānau, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Jayden, Kyan and Jessie who have joined the Nīkau whānau over the last month. We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau during your time here.We have been joining up with Maire to visit the Arboretum and the tamariki have enjoyed exploring the environment and building friendships with Maire’s teachers and tamariki. Currently both Nīkau and Maire have low numbers and from Tuesday, 25 October, Nīkau will combine with Maire down at the MS6 building. A letter with detailed information has already been handed out. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask a Nīkau teacher.

Recently we took our older tamariki to watch “Zoom”, a theatrical show of the fairy tale “The Hare and the Tortoise”. Several of our tamariki talked about how the tortoise wins the race, and that’s exactly what happens in the show. The tamariki enjoyed dancing to the music and watching the great performance. A special thanks to Newstead Model Country School for sharing their production with us.

Yay! The weather is getting warmer. We will be encouraging the tamariki to wear their Creche hats from now on and also applying sunscreen. Please discuss with one of the Nikau teachers if your child has any special requirements regarding sunscreen. We will be providing more water and messy play for our tamariki, so please ensure your child has several changes of clothes.The Christmas Party is coming up and we are starting to prepare the presents as it takes some time to make them. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if your child will be coming to the party as soon as possible, so we can get presents underway. 

We are collating a cookbook with favourite family recipes as part of the Christmas presents, and will be collecting these until the end of October.  We would be grateful if you shared your family favourites. These can be given to a Nīkau teacher or emailed through to Sarah at sarah.yi@campuscreche.co.nz.


Tēnā koutou katoa

We would like to say a big nau mai haere mai to Ben, Athena and their whānau.  We hope you enjoy your time here with us in the Maire whare.

Priscilla has some very exciting news - if you haven’t already noticed?  Priscilla, Dylan and their tamariki are very excited to be expecting a new tamaiti into their whānau. Whakamihi, to the Broughton whānau.

We are happy to welcome Nīkau down with us as of Tuesday, 25 October.  We will all be together until the new year.  Welcome Nīkau tamariki, whānau and kaiako.You may have noticed that we are planning on making a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Festival at the Hamilton Gardens.  When it is finished, we will transport it down to the gardens and then whānau can go and have a look and vote for us. 

It is starting to be a little warmer so very soon there will be a lot of outside messy play and water.  Please make sure your child has enough spare, named clothes.

Ra whanau to all the pēpe born in Whiringa-ā-nuku.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.


Kia ora whānau. It is already October and we are feeling very excited about the warm weather.  Our children have started to notice the changes in their natural environment. This provides great learning opportunities to talk about types of flowers, trees and plants as well as finding insects.

We would like to welcome Cayleigh and her family to Kauri from Nīkau.

During the school holidays, we ran a Kauri Holiday Programme, which the children were very excited about and had a lot of fun.

I would like acknowledge the efforts and preparations that parents and whānau took to contribute to those days. Especially on “International Day”.  Many families brought cultural food that was unique to them for a shared kai. Thank you so much! Children participated in sushi making, and this was something new for them to try and learn about.We would like to welcome two new children, Amohia and Mao to Group Time. This week, the children have decided that they would like to learn about dogs and cats! We are also keeping up with learning New Zealand Sign Language, and our group time children are amazing users of NZSL.

I would like to remind our parents to complete the Christmas Party RSVP forms as soon as possible so that we can start preparing the presents for your children.

Please bring spare clothes in your child’s bag as the children enjoy water play as the weather gets warmer.

Holiday Programme

The September/October Holiday Programme was a great success.   Our January programme commences on 9 January for 3 weeks.  The organised trips are Little Waihi, Movies, Waimarino Water Park & Baywave in Tauranga. 

2017 Enrolment Forms have just been sent out.  If you haven’t received one or would like one, please contact the Creche Office.