the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Te Awanga Kindergarten


Welcome To Te Awanga Kindergarten

Our modern kindergarten is nestled in the close knit communities of Te Awanga, Haumoana and Clive, situated on an idyllic site with a stunning backdrop of vineyards, sea views and inland views of the ranges. Our kindergartens' uniqueness reflects our families' friendly, relaxed lifestyles and our affinity with the natural world is evident in our environment. We share parent's aspirations for their children to enjoy an early childhood education experience that reflects the community in which they are raised and we warmly welcome children, parents and caregivers into our centre.

We welcome enquiries from parents who are interested in place sharing or accessing less than 5 days per week.

Emergency evacuation destination: We stay put as we are on high ground until advised by Civil Defence to move

Our Session Times Are:
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.

Te Awanga Philosophy

We build caring and mindful relationships.
We empower children to become confident and independent learners.
We nurture curiosity and creativity.
We foster appreciation and respect for the natural world.
We value the aspirations of our unique community.


View full 2023 ERO report here.

Meet The Staff:
Left to Right: Becky Kirk, Erin March, Paula Lantsbury
Janita Blake, Lorraine Lovell

Head Teacher  Janita Blake
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Paula Lantsbury
  • B Teach (ECE)
  • Post Grad Dip in Ed (Early yrs) & Current First Aid
Teacher  Lorraine Lovell
  • B. Teach (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher  Becky Kirk
  •  B. Teach (ECE) & current first aid

Kindergarten Support Worker  Erin Marsh


We are beyond grateful for the incredible experience our daughter has had at Te Awanga Kindy. From the moment she stepped through the doors, it was evident that this was more than just a kindy—it was a nurturing haven where children thrive and grow in a loving environment.
The care and attention given by the teachers are unparalleled. They are teachers and so much more, completely engaged and invested in every aspect of the children's lives. Their dedication ensures that each child feels seen, heard, and valued every step of the way.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Te Awanga Kindy is the endless array of activities and learning experiences. Every week brings a new adventure, and it's always exciting to see what the children will be exploring next. Whether it's diving into science experiments, unleashing creativity through arts and crafts, or discovering the wonders of nature in the fantastic outdoor facilities, there's never a dull moment.
The outdoor facilities are great. With beautiful shade protections and ample shady spots, even the hottest days are enjoyable for the children. The expansive outdoor space provides the perfect backdrop for exploration, play, and learning, and I love seeing how much joy it brings to the kids. The playhouse, swings, climbing frames, huge sandpit and groaning vegetable garden - kids paradise!
Te Awanga Kindy's sense of community and warmth permeates every corner. It's not just a place of education; it's a home away from home where children feel welcomed, supported, and encouraged to be their best selves.
We feel incredibly fortunate to have Te Awanga Kindy and its outstanding team as part of our community. It's more than just a kindy—it's a place where our daughter has thrived, made lifelong memories, and laid the foundation for a bright future. Thank you, Te Awanga Kindy, for being such a special place for children to play, learn, and develop. We are truly grateful.
G Butler May 2024

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 875 0224
Cellphone: 027 645 0224
Address:   210 Parkhill Rd, RD10, Hastings 4180


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