Hunter Park
Hunter Park
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Free Hours*

*conditions apply

Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

Hunter Park kindergarten is situated on top of the historic Pukekaihau Pa, overlooking the Waipukurau township and surrounded my mature and magnificent trees.

Our beautiful kindergarten serves both urban and rural population in sunny Central Hawkes Bay, providing quality early childhood education for tamariki ages two to six years.

We are open for learning all year (except for Christmas/Summer closure). We are an all-day sessional kindergarten with a maximum group size of 40. Standard session hours are 8.30am-2.30pm daily. Extended hours 8am-3.30pm are available if needed where there is a reduced number of spaces.

In consultation with community, Hunter Park Kindergarten developed a distinctive cultural framework Te Puna o Pukekaihau, reflecting the unique place of Māori as tangata whenua. This sits alongside the Aotearoa New Zealand Te Whāriki curriculum.

Whanaungatanga is important to us. We use a key teacher approach which means that tamariki have an assigned kaiako that plans for, tracks and documents their individual learning journey in consultation with their whānau. This key kaiako remains with the tamaiti and whānau for their entire kindergarten journey.

Whenuatanga and Kaitiakitanga are important to us. As an active Enviroschool, we value the natural environment both at kindergarten and out into our community. Sitting closely alongside this are the practices of Mindfulness which is taught and shared with tamariki, whānau and kaiako.

We have an open door. You are welcome to visit us any day during session hours. Nau mai, Haere Mai

More info

Whānau Welcome Booklet

Vision and Philosophy


Te Puna o Pukekaihau has four streams of learning: Cultural Identity, Community, Transition and Sustainability. Akonga at Hunter Park Kindergarten will experience:

  • Cultural Identity through whanaungatanga - reciprocal relationships
  • Community through kaitiakitanga - guardianship
  • Transition focused on whakamana - empowerment
  • Sustainability with nurturing wairua through nature


Providing a learning environment that reflects the Cultural Framework of Te Puna O Pukekaihau.


Relationships sit at the heart of our kaupapa. We believe in building authentic connective relationships through respect and kindness with one another and with our natural environment.

We recognise children’s play as being holistic and fundamental to their learning and development.

At Hunter Park Kindergarten – Te Puna o Pukekaihau, we uphold the mana of every child. We value and affirm each child’s unique leaning journey. (Reviewed 2022)


ERO Quality Evaluation Report

Hours and Fees

30 hours free early childhood education.

Monday – Friday:

Extended Day:

8:00 am – 3:30 pm (7.5 hours); or

8:30 am – 2:30pm (6 hours)

Starts: 18 January
Finishes: 19 December 

The kindergarten will be open Monday to Friday and open through term breaks (excluding Christmas break and public holidays).

Upcoming 2024 Statutory Holidays:

Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary – Friday 25 October

Labour Day – Monday 28 October

Up to 30 hours free early childhood education when you attest your 20 free hours  *conditions apply.

The cost of any hours over and above 6 hours per day is $6.00 per hour per child/tamaiti. This means that there is only a charge for the extended day of 7.5-hour (8am – 3.30pm) session.


Sharon Sciascia

Kaiako Matua (Head Teacher)

Diploma Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Education (Special Ed)

Alyssa Sanson


Bachelor of Teaching

Nicky Burnett


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Rachel Schicker


Diploma of Teaching

Claire Beachen


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Contact Us

Whānau Welcome Booklet

Central Hawke's Bay Kindergartens

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