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Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

Te Mata Kindergarten : Taking Giant steps in Learning.

Our Kindergarten has a special place in the community and is located in the foothills of the Sleeping Giant, Te Mata o Rongokako.

At Te Mata Kindergarten tamariki develop positive learning habits, life skills, independence and confidence through a fun, safe, exciting and inclusive programme and learning environment. Tamariki and parents develop lifelong friendships and a strong sense of community and belonging.

Each child has their own individual learning plan which is developed and evaluated in partnership with whānau. Teachers intentionally use the child’s interests and strengths to extend their learning and achieve their goals. 

Tamariki successfully transition to any of the local Havelock North schools and Te Mata Kindergarten is highly regarded in the educational community.

Te Mata has a large, attractive natural outdoor environment. The playground encourages tamariki to develop their large motor skills which supports their early literacy and numeracy development.

Tamariki’s learning is supported by the unique Te Mata Kindergarten contract which encourages successful social interactions. Kindness, respect, manaakitanga, and whanaungatanga are highly valued. Sharing and caring for each other and the natural world creates a safe, happy environment for tamariki to play and grow.

We are an established team of experienced teachers with extensive knowledge of teaching and learning. Our teachers are passionate, creative and professional, and provide a rich learning and fun environment for tamariki.

More info

Whānau Welcome Booklet

Vision and Philosophy

Taking Giant Steps in Learning.

Each child’s learning journey is fostered in a rich teaching and learning environment. Sharing and Caring together.

ERO Quality Evaluation Report

“Children’s learning is fostered in an inclusive learning environment. Intentional strategies support children’s developing social and emotional competencies. Teachers encourage children to express themselves and lead their own learning. Their sense of belonging is prioritised.”

Hours and Fees

30 hours free early childhood education.

Monday – Friday:

8.15 am – 2.15 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.


Fiona Francois

Kaiako Matua

Head Teacher

Diploma of Teaching
Bachelor of Education

Lara Caddis



Bachelor of Teaching ECE

Judith Lambert



Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma of Teaching

Eleni Zachary



Diploma of Teaching ECE

Carolyn Higgins



Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching

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