the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Tamatea Kindergarten


Welcome To Tamatea Kindergarten

We aspire for children to be confident explorers, keen inquirers, creative thinkers, active learners and sharers of knowledge. Our learning environment will nurture, empower, promote and foster independence, social relationships and life skills to create resilience and a social responsibility.  


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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, with additional non teaching support as well.

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Tamatea Philosophy:
We thrive on an explorative learning culture, while engaging and maintaining positive relationships.

Mā te rongo ka mōhio

Mā te mōhio ka mārama

Mā te mārama ka mātau

Mā te mātau ka ora

Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

Our Vision
We encourage families to be involved in the kindergarten’s culture for learning, which incorporates the habits of mind and virtues programme.

Our Mâori Vision
To inspire Maori children to Tû Tangata, stand tall with Mana and the freedom to live as Tangata Whenua in Hauora, wellness to achieve high hopes and aspirations.

Our Favourite 2019 ERO Comments:

The service's philosophy that reflects "an explorative learning culture, while engaging and maintaining positive relationships" is clearly evident in practice. Teachers and whānau recently revisited the kindergarten's philosophy and are focusing on ensuring teaching practice and the environment reflect the principles of Te Whāriki.

Children learn in a setting that supports meaningful and enjoyable exploration. They mostly engage in free, uninterrupted play and investigation that encourages independence and extends learning. Children’s emerging interests in literacy and numeracy are evident within the context of play, both indoors and outside.

View full 2019 ERO report here.
Meet The Staff:

 (Left to Right) : Nicky Nicholls, Nadine Leckner, Amelia Moorhead, Kristi Lampitt, Nadine Exeter

Head Teacher  Nadine Leckner
  • B. Ed (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher  Nicola Nicholls
  • B.Ed, Dip.Teaching ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Amelia Moorhead
  • B.Ed, Dip.Teaching ECE  & current first aid
Teacher  Kristi Lampitt
  • B. Teach (ECE) & current First Aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Nadine Exeter


To all the great staff at “Kindy” Aroha-tino-nui. D, Neera  

'There are few and far between teachers such as yourselves that are as motivated stimulating and special. Thank you for creating and maintaining the most amazing, inclusive and caring early learning environment for both of our girls. They have enjoyed every moment at Tamatea Kindergarten, and we will all miss you dearly.'

Thanks for another AMAZING year! From the Gray family, 

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Contact Us:
Phone:       06 843 4655
Cellphone: 27 243 4655
Address:   3 Norfolk Street, Tamatea, 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