the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Onekawa Kindergarten


Welcome To Onekawa Kindergarten

The friendly, consistent and qualified teaching team pride themselves on providing high quality education in a caring, nurturing and safe environment. The morning session mostly consists of free play while the afternoon is a time for extending our older children’s skills knowledge and interests while developing early literacy and numeracy skills. Furthermore our kindergarten is proud to be part of the Enviroschool programme; teaching children about planting, growing, harvesting, recycling and conservation. Please, pop in at any time to see if we are a great match for you and your child.

Emergency evacuation destination: Kennedy Rd overpass, then on to Taradale Kindergarten (9 Puketapu Rd, Taradale) 

Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 12:00pm
Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 2:30pm

Our Staff To Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, as well as additional teaching and non teaching support.
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Onekawa Philosophy:
Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai Nurture the seed and it will blossom
Our collective values enhance the mana of each tamaiti, allowing them to face challenges with courage and confidence, so they can spread their wings and fly. 

View full 2023 ERO report here.                               

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Meet The Staff:  
From left: :Chrystal Puhara (KSW), Rachel Uttley, Janine Evans, Mel Paku, Lill Church (H.Teacher)

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Head Teacher  Lillian Church
  • B.Early Childhood & current first aid
Teacher  Melissa Paku
  • B. Teaching ECE & current first aid
Relieving Teacher  Janine Evans
  • B.Ed ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Rachel Uttley
  • B Teaching ECE & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Chrystal Puhara



“Onekawa kindergarten is more than a kindy; it’s a home away from home for my tamariki which has given them a great sense of belonging to support their learning and development. Since transitioning my tamariki from day-care to kindy they have blossomed into happy and confident little individual’s eager to participate in all the fantastic activities on offer at the centre. My tamariki have made wonderful friendships along the way and this has been supported by the amazing and supportive teaching team. I look forward to when my son begins his journey with Onekawa Kindergarten too”. Mel (June 2019)

“My son has attended Onekawa kindergarten for 2 years now and in that time I have seen him grow in so many ways. He has built strong and nurturing relationships with his teachers and peers alike. The care and consistency with the teaching team and the communication between the teaching team and families is what makes Onekawa such an amazing place to send my children. As school approaches I know he is well prepared and ready for this next step and with my youngest son still attending for the next 2 years I am excited to continue our family’s relationship with Onekawa kindergarten”. - Jade (June 2019)

“Thank you so much for being great teachers. You have all been so welcoming and friendly. I am also so impressed with the way you cater to Jacks interests and supported his learning”. - (2018)

“The teachers have transformed this wonderful kindy into the amazing place it is today. Through hard work, determination, imagination, and the willingness to step outside the box, this place has become an amazing environment for our little people to play, socialize and learn. Many fond memories are being formed here every day. We will always look back fondly on our time with Onekawa kindergarten and consider this place to be part of our history!” -Sarah (2018)

“We just want to thank the teachers at Onekawa kindergarten from the bottom of our hearts for all the time and effort you have put into getting my son ready for his next chapter of going to school. He has loved his time at Onekawa kindergarten!” – Kim (2018).

“We can’t say thank you enough for everything you have done for Sally during her time at kindy! Kindy has been such a beautiful time in Sally’s life- a time of growth, learning, making friends and feeling happy, loved and safe…what more could a child ask for? !? You have been such a blessing to us as a family and we value and appreciate your role in Sally’s life. Onekawa kindergarten is a very special place, thank you for making it what it is!” (November, 2018)

“Many thanks to the awesome team at Onekawa kindergarten. We have had a lot of fun as a family here seeing our son grow and learn to make some wonderful friends. Thank you for all you have done to help settle him on sad days and join in with us on all the fun days. I am really glad we chose this environment for our children” (Lisa, 2019).

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 5577
Cellphone: 027 643 5577
Address:   29 Maadi Road, Onekawa, 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