Hunter Park
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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.

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

Whānau Welcome Booklet

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Vision and Philosophy

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: Thursday 18 January
Finishes: Thursday 19 December

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

2024 Statutory Holidays:

Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February
Good Friday Friday 29 March
Easter Monday  1 April
Anzac Day Thursday 25 April
King’s Birthday Monday 3 June
Matariki Friday 28 June
Hawke's Bay Anniversary: Friday 25 October
Labour Day:  Monday 28 October 


30 hours free early childhood education.

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 of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Education (Special Ed)

Alyssa Sanson


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Nicky Burnett


Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Claire Beachen ​


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Rachel Schicker


Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

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