Director’s Message

Kia ora everyone

You may have noticed that our old Maire building has been demolished and the site cleared, making way for the new one to arrive later in the year.

The University has kindly arranged for Kauri whānau to drop off and collect their children using the car parks to the right in the TX car park.  Please do not use the driveway into Creche as it is hard to back out at the moment.  This arrangement will continue until the new building is in place.  In the next few weeks there will be more activity with trucks going in and out as sub-soil is removed and a retaining wall is built.

I would like to pass on my condolences to Tamara’s whānau since her passing.  Tamara and her whānau have been involved with Creche for a decade. We will all miss her smiling face around Creche.

Sue Bennett



Ka kite to Victoria, Stella, Laelee and Michaela who have transitioned to Kōwhai.  We wish you all the very best in your new adventures.

Have you seen our “Baby Blues” board? This board contains a wealth of information about post-natal depression for parents and is located on the board next to our fish tank.  Feel free to browse this board at any time.

Our babies have a great time exploring their Whekī environment. Exploring various activities, learning about different senses, experiencing sunshine and shadows.


We were thrilled with the turnout for our breakfast.  Thank you for taking the time to join us for this event.  It gives us time to have a relaxed chat on a more personal level and for the children to see how their centre and families blend.  Thank you also for your stories and feedback on Educa.  It allows our observations and records to be a two‑way communication, which strengthens the partnership between home and centre.

Our children are mad about buses as they pass by Kōwhai several times a day, so with some of our tamariki we went on a trip into town on a bus. 

They loved it, sitting up high at the back of the bus and watching the surroundings pass by.  We think these trips may become a more regular occurrence.

We sadly said goodbye to Izzy and her family as Isabelle made the transition to Maire.  Kaliya and her family leave us at the end of the month.  We will be sad to see them go.  We welcome Victoria, Stella, Michaela and Laelee and their whānau to Kōwhai.  We hope you love your time with us.

Lex will be on 2 weeks annual leave from 28 September.  Carol will be Head Teacher during that time before she returns to Campus Creche @ Fraser.


Kia ora whānau, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Jamie. We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau during your time here. Welcome back Leon and Emma who just had fun holidays in Europe and Japan. Ka kite to Max, Eva, Frankie and Cayleigh who have transitioned to Kauri.  We wish you all the best on your new journey.

Just a friendly reminder about bringing toys from home. Please remember that if toys come from home, they must be well-named and your child needs to understand that the toys will get shared. If it is a special toy that could easily get damaged or lost, it is probably best to keep it at home.

This year Nīkau is going to make a recipe book as one of our Christmas projects. Could you please give your or your child’s favourite recipes to a Nīkau teacher before the end of October. Thank you.


Tēnā koutou Maire whānau

First and most importantly we would like to say, Moe mai ra e hoa.  To the Kaipapa-Morrison whānau, Me te aroha nui atu o matou katou.

Also a big, ka kite ano to Nala, Jamie, Ted, Caiden and their whānau.  We know you will really enjoy your new adventure in Kauri.

To Alaan, Izzy and their whānau, nau mai haere mai.  We hope you really enjoy your time here with us in the Maire whare.

As you may already know our old Maire whare has been demolished and removed.  Our tamariki were a little surprised when we took them around the corner for the first time to find our whare gone.  We would like to acknowledge Mataia Keepa and his whānau for lifting the mauri of our centre before it was taken down.  Also to our Maire whānau that were able to come and be a part of it, nga mihi.

Maire tamariki have been involved in their very own Olympics.  We have had lots of events happening; cycling races, bean bag throwing and gymnastics. The tamariki also got to visit Porritt Stadium for running races, discus throwing and long jump.  We even invented a new event – “roll down the hill”.  Maybe in years to come they will introduce it into the official games :-)

Kingitanga Day was once again a great time to take our tamariki to the University to watch a little kapa haka.  We were fortunate enough to enjoy performances from Te Kohanga Reo O Ngā Kuaka, Tōku Māpiri Maurea Kura Kaupapa, Te Hihiri – Knighton Normal School and Maeroa Intermediate.  Our tamariki really enjoyed it and not once did anyone get restless.

Last but not least a big Hari Huritau to all the pepe born in Mahuru.

No reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Maire kaiako


Kia ora whānau. We have been loving the nice warm weather recently. We would like to welcome our new tamariki and whānau to Kauri, nau mai haere mai ki te whare o Kauri, Ted, Caiden, Jamie, Nala, Max, Eva, Francesca and Cayleigh! All are settling into Kauri well, and we continue to provide support while they settle in and develop a sense of belonging in Kauri.

Our tamariki have been very interested in Māori legends and stories. They have developed their knowledge of this and have also been able to utilise it into areas of play.  This is amazing to watch as there is always a continuity of learning through play, such as putting on a play about Maui, making relevant items needed for the play, drawing pictures of Māori gods and telling the “In the Beginning” story at mat time.  

We welcomed new children, Sienna, Brooke and Kaleb to Group Time. It is lovely to see how the older children of Group Time support our new children. For the next few weeks Group Time will be working towards creating a show!

Now half way through the programme, our Ngahere Explorers have become very confident in the Pukemokemoke Bush environment and are enjoying the challenges of exploring this wonderland. They were determined to make it to the summit and after a couple of weeks of trying, finally made it. This was a huge accomplishment - well done team! The children have a great sense of responsibility for te ngahere and each week take care to clean their boots as they enter and leave the area. While exploring, the children are careful not to harm any of Tane Mahuta’s plants or trees and will often help each other to remember this.

With the weather getting warm, our children really enjoy water play. Please keep spare clothes in your children’s bags. We are having a Kauri Holiday Programme during the school holidays with many fun activities which will be very exciting!

Holiday Programme

The September/October Holiday Programme based at Hillcrest Normal School is well underway. They are having an Amazing Race in Hamilton for the first week and then going to Paradise Valley in Rotorua for the second.  Enrolment forms for 2017 will be available shortly.

Christmas Break

Creche does not close down over the Christmas period. We are only closed on public holidays and full fees are charged for these.  Centres will remain open based on the number of children attending over this time. Some centres may be combined, dependent on bookings.

For the 3 days 28 December 2016 to 30 December 2016, Creche hours will reduce to 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. Fees for this week will differ.  Please see the Creche Office for a fee schedule. We ask that parents please respect the reduced opening and closing times for the 3 days that Creche’s operating hours are shorter.  

Christmas Party 2016

Our annual children’s Christmas Party will be on Friday, 2 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.