Kia ora Whekī whānau

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Franklin.  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 Sameep and Ngaru, who have completed their transition to Kōwhai, we wish you and your whānau all the best in your Creche journey.

Our tamariki have been learning and practising so many new physical skills lately!  This has been happening indoors, on our deck and outside too – learning to roll, stretching and reaching for toys, learning to balance and walk, just to name a few!

We have been exploring puddles recently – when life gives you rain, splashing in the puddles becomes so much fun!

Ngā mihi

Whekī team



Kia ora koutou Kōwhai whānau

A warm welcome to Sameep, Weston, Ngaru and their whānau to Kōwhai.  We look forward to getting to know all of you and your families.

Our staffing has had a little change with Nona joining the Kōwhai team on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Marliese is back working three days a week — Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Harini has also joined us as our fulltime unqualified staff member.

We have enjoyed another busy month, making the most of getting outside when the weather has allowed and using the deck and indoor areas when it was raining. Thank you to our parents for sending their tamariki with warm hats, coats and gumboots, so we can keep our tamariki warm if they go and play outside.

Please come and check out our assessment and planning wall (inside near the blue sofa). We welcome your comments and contributions to your children’s learning and planning.

The Kōwhai Team



Tēnā koutou katoa

We would like to welcome our newest staff member, Tracy to the Maire whānau.

Sarah Y has been very busy taking a group of tamariki out each Monday into our community, so they can explore different environments. 

One of our little kotiro brought in a few of her Tron Rocks, so Sarah M decided that we needed to design some and leave them out while exploring our community.


Kai is always a focus for our Maire tamariki, they love their kai.  They have been very busy making sushi, cakes and biscuit bears with support from the kaiako.  So many good things to eat.

There has been an interest in hair lately, so a hair salon was set up by Sarah M.  It has been very popular and very busy.  Lots of haircuts (with ice block sticks), hair being tied up and blow waved.  Sometimes the wait is a little long, but there are magazines and a drink to keep you busy while you wait.

We would like to wish all the pēpē born in Here-turi-kōkā and Mahuru a very big “hari huritau”.  We hope you all have an amazing day.

Kia pai to ra

Kaiako o Maire


Kia ora whānau

Welcome to Yurika who has started in Kauri and is our fourth qualified teacher. This brings our teaching team back to five permanent staff. We also welcome Senan and Bede and their whānau. We have also said haere ra to Timaima, Molly and Vincent as they go off on their next journey.

Spring is in the air and the weather is warming up. Our gardens are starting to look green and fresh and some of our trees are starting to bud. Our vegie garden and fruit trees have started producing already, and we are looking forward to cooking up some delicious treats.

We recently purchased a pile of bamboo lengths and ropes, allowing the children to explore construction on a bigger scale. They have been building huts, teepees, climbing boxes, vehicles, and many other amazing creations.

At Kauri we work a lot on social collaboration and independence. Children are encouraged to do tasks on their own or with their peers, and teachers help them to build the skills they need to achieve this. In the photos you can see children accomplishing their goals on their own or playing alongside their peers in positive and meaningful ways.