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*conditions apply

Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

The Child – the Heart of the Matter

Nestled in the heart of West Hastings, rich in nature and freedom, lies an expansive environment where trees are climbed, play means learning, and memories are made. Creativity, Joy and exploration create magical moments and set the perfect foundation for each child’s learning journey. Mahora Kindergarten is held together with five Pou – each representing a core value that is woven into every part of the Mahora Kindergarten journey.  Whanaungatanga, Manaaki, Mauri, Kaitiakitanga and Ako – each Pou strengthening each other and ensuring a quality early childhood experience for tamariki and whānau.

Our environment offers many opportunities to explore and learn in a way that creates a sense of wonder and fun, while building lifelong relationships to treasure. Our programme emerges from the interests of children, viewing play as the finest form of learning.  It is within their play that children develop essential skills, patterns of behaviour, and attitudes towards themselves as learners.  Our team of dedicated and experienced teachers have a strong understanding of the child development and dispositional learning, along with a passion for supporting neurodiversity.

Mahora Kindergarten is as much for you as it is for your child – it is your home too!  Whether you need a friendly ear or a cuppa, we are here for you.

Whānau Welcome Booklet

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Vision and Philosophy

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

Mahora Kindergarten is held together with five Pou – each representing a core value that is woven into every part of the Mahora Kindergarten journey.  Whanaungatanga, Manaaki, Mauri, Kaitiakitanga and Ako – each Pou strengthening each other and ensuring a quality early childhood experience for tamariki and whānau.

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WHANAUNGATANGA

connected, sense of belonging, whanau.

We believe in building genuine relationships with tamariki and their whanau. 

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MANAAKI

aroha, nurtured, supported

We believe that the child’s voice should be valued and is a vital part of their learning and growth.

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MAURI

independent, resilient, mindful

We believe that risk taking is an essential part of children’s play and development.

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KAITIAKITANGA

respectful, guardianship, protected

We believe that Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins our everyday practice.

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AKO

to teach and learn

We believe in providing an environment that fosters inquiry and curiosity; where tamariki learn through play, exploration, and discovery.

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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 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 

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.

Kaiako

Anna Lyall

Kaiako Matua (Head Teacher)

Bachelor of Education (Teaching)

Karen McLaughlin

Kaiako

Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching

Bridget Annabell

Kaiako

Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education)

Jodie Grant

Kaiako

Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Andrea Tinning

Kaiako

Graduate Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

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