the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Mary Richmond Kindergarten


Welcome To Mary Richmond Kindergarten

At Mary Richmond Kindergarten we are committed to providing a warm and welcoming environment for all children and family/whanau. We offer wonderful educational opportunities for forty children aged two years and over each day, as well as providing six hour sessions four times a week for the twenty oldest children attending kindergarten.

We have a limited number of places coming up shortly, please contact Head Teacher Liz to arrange enrolment.

Emergency evacuation destination: Kennedy Rd Overpass then on to Taradale Kindergarten (9 Puketapu Rd, Taradale).
Route details.

Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday                 8:45am to 2:45pm


Our Staff To Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, however we have additional non teaching support as well.

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Mary Richmond Philosophy:

Belonging, respect and tuakana teina are values and guiding principles of the Mary Richmond Kindergarten community. These are the foundations that will support and foster our children's passion for learning. We empower children's cultural identity and heritage. Kotahitanga - We are all united.

View full 2023 ERO report here.

Our Kindergarten is featured in the ERO Review Report on Success for Maori Children in Early Childhood Services (May 2010). View the report here


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Meet The Staff:

Left to Right: Fiona Bel, Tabatha Pryce, Liz Schimanski HT,  Nicola Marett, Dorothy Pye  KSW 


Head Teacher  Liz Schimanski
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid

Teacher  Tabatha Pryce
  • B Ed. & current first aid
Teacher Fiona Bell
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Nicola Marett
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid

Kindergarten Support Worker  Dorothy Pye



I was recommend Mary Richmond by my sister, and it was the best decision! The teachers helped fulfill my sons interests in ocean animals, he learnt new words and sea creatures. His interest soon flourished into dinosaurs where the teachers played a big role in assisting him to learn big words and identify various amounts of dinos and animals at the age of 3. My daughter soon after attended, where she picked up valuable life lessons and independence. They also learnt valuable skills on caring for the planet and the ocean, the kindy received their silver enviro medal while we attended. My children also learnt their pepeha and more about Maori culture which I was grateful for. Mary Richmond is a great kindergarten with the most warm and welcoming affectionate teachers that go above and beyond to make every day a special one. You can see and feel all of the love and care that is put into the children and their environment. This kindy truly is a hidden gem and we had a wonderful time attending.

Puawai Terrill

Mary Richmond Kindergarten is a hidden gem, tucked away at the end of a driveway in Maraenui.  It has beautifully landscaped gardens with every play thing imaginable, and a resident rabbit called Stuart that hops freely around looking for pats.
The teachers Liz, Tabatha, Linaire and Kathleen are all very special ladies that have a genuine love for teaching children.  They provide a wonderfully nurturing and calm environment where amongst other things they practice Mindfulness, which helps kids to understand and process their feelings.
All three of my children have been lucky enough to attend Mary Richmond Kindy and I couldn't hope for a better place for them to begin their education.
Not only is it a lovely environment, but the fees are just $10 per week from the age of 3 and they are always looking for more children to fill their roll.  My daughter, Anika who has just turned 3 is now on full days (8:45-2:45) which is great for helping preparing her for school.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mary Richmond Kindergarten to anyone for quality childcare.
Kirsty BP

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 8514
Cellphone: 027 643 8514
Address:   6 Lister Crescent, Maraenui, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Together we nurture your child and their identity as a learner

Our Mission:
To inspire tamariki to be competent and confident learners