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*conditions apply

Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

Waipawa Kindergarten is situated in the small township of Waipawa in Central Hawkes Bay and is set in spacious grounds with mature trees that provide beautiful shade in the summer. Our outdoor environment also promotes lots of physical play with a large grass area, monkey bars, swings and climbing equipment and a large sandpit.

As a silver enviroschool’s Kindergarten we learn about and practice sustainability by growing fruit and vegetables, to share with our community, making compost, reducing waste and conserving water in dryer conditions.

We also have a very special native garden called Rangimarie where we  teach tamariki about our native insects, birds and plants.  

The teachers here are passionate about building relationships with tamariki and whānau and living locally we often see our families out and about,  we love to welcome new families to our area and kindergarten and enjoy learning about the tamariki’s whānau  and culture.  At Waipawa kindergarten siblings often attend  together and this supports our families and tuakana/teina relationships with the older tamariki supporting the younger learner’s.  

More info

Whānau Welcome Booklet

Vision and Philosophy

Waipawa Kindergarten embraces Whakawhanaungatanga, ako, whakaute, aroha and manaaki;

Relationships and learning built through love and care.

Whanaungatanga: Welcoming and friendly. Building strong, trusting relationships with our whanau

Ako: We foster relationships where teachers, tamariki and whānau are actively involved in the process of learning. Through mahi tahi (working together) and tuakana/teina where the older tamariki supporting the newer younger tamariki in their learning.

Manaaki: We demonstrate manaaki by showing respect, being generous, kind and caring.

Rangitiratanga: Teachers promote children’s selfbelief so they develop a love of learning.

Kaitiakitanga: Tamariki are learning how to care for and protect papatūānuku (mother earth).

Mauri: We accept and embrace every child’s uniqueness and nurture their spirit.

Kotahitanga: Teachers build relationships that support children’s happiness and wellbeing so they flourish and learn.

Whaiwhakaaro: We practice and learn mindfulness to develop focused attention, emotional balance and wellbeing.

ERO Quality Evaluation Report


‘Children’s learning and wellbeing are supported by established relationships with parents and whānau. Whānau and families contribute to a curriculum that increasingly affirms children’s cultures,
languages and identity. Children’s preferences, decision-making and interests inform the play-based curriculum. Younger learners’
social and emotional development is supported.’

Hours and Fees

30 hours free early childhood education.

Monday – Friday:

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

  • Term One 2024

    Starts:  Thursday 18 January 
    Finishes: Friday 12 April

    Statutory Holidays:
    Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February
    Good Friday – Friday 29 March
    Easter Monday – Monday 1 April
    Anzac Day – Thursday 25 April

  • Term Two 2024

    Starts: Monday 29 April
    Finishes: Friday 5th July

    Statutory Holidays:
    King’s Birthday: Monday 3 June
    Matariki: Friday 28 June

  • Term Three 2024

    Starts: Monday 22 July
    Finishes: Friday 27 September

  • Term Four 2024

    Starts: Monday 14 October
    Finishes: Thursday 19 December

    Statutory Holidays:
    Hawke’s 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.


Sue White

Kaiako Matua (Head Teacher)

Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Charlotte Wilson


Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Deb Stuart


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Matt James


Bachelor of Education (Teaching) –  Early childhood Pathway.

Rennae O’Meley


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

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