Kia ora

The Education Review Office will be carrying out a review at our Hillcrest site on Tuesday, 23 October and Wednesday, 24 October.  They may wish to talk to parents/caregivers during this time, so look out for them as you drop off or collect your child.

For those of you who are studying for exams, we hope they go well.  For those of you who are trying to reach deadlines before the end of the year, good luck.

Don’t forget to put our Christmas Party date in your calendar – Friday, 7 December.  This is a special occasion for families and we hope you can join us. 

Sue Bennett



Kia ora Whekī whānau

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

We would like to say ka kite to Buddy and Ricky, who have completed their transition to Kōwhai.  We wish you and your whānau all the best in your Creche journey.

As the weather has been getting a little warmer, we have been enjoying having warm water play outside.  This experience gave the children great delight as they splashed and poured the water.

We have really enjoyed being able to also explore in the wider world at the University of Waikato recently.   Nature has many wonderful textures to touch, and the Spring rain also provided us with mud and big puddles to play in today!                  




In September our Whekī team acknowledged Suffrage 125. This year marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.  On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Ngā mihi

Whekī team


Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

With the warmer weather we are spending more time outdoors, visiting our other centres, Kauri and Maire, exploring their indoor and outdoor environments and saying hello to the chickens!

We have been hands on in our Kōwhai garden as we plant our summer vegetables and flowers.  We can’t wait to watch them grow over the coming months! In the meantime, we are enjoying a bite here and there of our deliciously fresh celery, lettuce and kale.  Be assured that your children are getting their daily greens!!

We were sad to say goodbye to Charlotte, Zoe and whānau this month as they moved on to Maire in the next step of their learning journey.  We wish them all the best.  We are happy to welcome Ayvah-Mae and whānau to Kōwhai. We look forward to working with you all during your time with us.

On another note, our kaiako, Hilary, is in the process of developing a whānau wall.  It is located inside next to the kai area.  This is something that all whānau can be a part of and we would like each family to contribute by bringing in, or send via Educa, family pictures and/or something that represents your whānau/culture.  You can see an example on the wall for ideas, but feel free to express yourself in your own unique way!  Any questions, come and ask one of your friendly kaiako! :)

The Kōwhai Team


Tēnā koutou katoa

Our kaiako and tamariki would like to welcome Zoe, Charlotte and their whānau to our Maire whānau.  We hope to get to know you all better while you are here with us.

We are very sad to be saying a big “ka kite anō” to Ellamae, Oneli, Eli, Dane, Mai Aorere and their whānau.  Will miss you all very much but no doubt we will see you in the Kauri playground.

September has gone so fast and the Maire tamariki have been very busy. 

Two groups of tamariki visited Te Whare Wananga O Waikato, the University of Waikato to celebrate Kingitanga Day.  It is a special day that celebrates the relationship that the University has with the Kingitanga and Waikato Tainui.  One of the groups were able to watch a performance by the tamariki from Te Kōhanga Reo O Nga Kuaha (the Kōhanga Reo on Silverdale Road) and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Toku Mapihi Maurea (next to the Kōhanga).   We were also able to see a very special performance from Te Wharekura O Rakaumangamanga dedicated to the Aunty of one of our kotiro.  It was beautiful a waiata called, Roimata i te ao, Roimata i te pō.

We celebrated the Moon Festival, which is a time where families come together to eat and discuss the harvesting of food.  Sarah Y made some lovely moon cakes with our tamariki, which they enjoyed for afternoon tea.  Lanterns to take home were also made by our tamariki as part of the celebration.

Sarah Mills thought a crazy hair day was a good way to wrap up our tamariki interest in the Hair Salon.  There were a few tamariki and some parents that joined in. 

We would like to wish all the pēpē born in Whiringa-ā-nuku a very big “Ra Whanau”, we wish nothing but the very best for your special day.

Kia pai to ra

Kaiako o Maire


Kia ora whānau!

The year is zipping along and with the warmer months upon us, we are spending more and more time outside in our beautiful playground. It is time for hats and sunblock to keep ourselves safe from that UV radiation.

Welcome to Kyan, Dane, Eli, Oneli, Mai-Aorere, and Owen who have started recently.

As a community we have recently revised our Kauri Treaty. This is broken up into three articles:

  • Tiakina koe I a koe ano / Care for ourselves;
  • Tiakina ōu hoa / Care for each other;
  • Tiakina to tatou whenua / Care for the environment.

The purpose for our treaty is to give each individual in our community accountability for their actions. It helps teach responsibility, independence, and thoughtfulness to our tamariki.

The junk play has been a real hit with our children. As you may remember from our last newsletter, we recently purchased a lot of bamboo and other resources. This has been a consistent interest for many of our children, and the complexity of construction has been growing amazingly. This is a great way for children to build their fine motor muscles in their hands, to develop their team work and problem solving skills, and to have opportunities to learn with real experiences.

Spring has brought beautiful sunshine and flourishing plants to Kauri. Our children have been helping to plant and care for our veggie garden and other green spaces. Vanessa and some children have also attracted a group of Tui birds into our playground with their artificial nectar! It has been such a beautiful and unique experience watching these amazing creatures come and go so freely from our space.

We recently had a fire to create wax moulds with the children. We heated up a big pot of water and melted old tealights in a bowl. Then we made impressions in some sand and poured the wax in, making ornaments. Through experiences like this, children can learn new ways of creating with different mediums, in this case sand and wax. Children are also learning about fire safety and how to manage the risks that they take. The teachers have ongoing conversations in these situations about the ways we keep ourselves safe, and the reasons for these actions. This is also another great opportunity to link back to the Kauri Treaty.