the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Wairoa Kindergarten


Welcome To Wairoa Kindergarten

Welcome to Wairoa Kindergarten where we value learning partnerships with parents by encouraging parent participation and having children’s learning highly visible within our environment.

Our Session Times Are:

Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 2:30pm

Our Staff To Child Ratios Are:

We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, with additional non teaching support as well.
Wairoa Philosophy:

He Rapunga Whakaaro Aroha

Wairoa Kindergarten is built on the foundations of Aroha and Whakawhānaungatanga.

The uniqueness of our rohe and tangata whenua guides our kaupapa.

We take pride in providing a safe and nurturing environment where creativity thrives.


Inā kei te mōhio koe ko wai koe, i anga mai koe i hea, kei te mōhio koe kei te anga atu ki hea.

If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Our favourite 2019 ERO comments:

Children lead their own learning through a curriculum that is based on their interests and highly reflective of their community. They are supported to explore their thinking about the world and often share what they know. Regular excursions give children meaningful opportunities to visit places of local significance. Children display a sense of self and belonging.

A holistic approach to teaching and learning effectively promotes children's wellbeing as a platform for further learning. Routines and strategies to support social competence are consistently implemented to foster children's sense of security.

Māori children's identities are valued as the foundation for their educational success. Teachers acknowledge and make connections to individual children's pepeha. They are building understanding of kaupapa Māori approaches to teaching and learning and make these visible within the curriculum.

View full 2019 ERO report here.


Meet The Staff:
2024 03 11 Wairoa team-760 

Head Teacher  Amanda Hogg
  • Dip of ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Anne Maree Stafford
  • Degree Early Years & current first aid
Teacher  Keziah Howell
  • Degree Early Years & current first aid
Teacher   Laura Beattie
Teacher  Catherine Couper
  • B.Ed & current first aid
Teacher  Amy Crarer
B.Ed & current first aid

Kindergarten Support Worker
  • Schantel Harrison
  • Charlene Wharehunga



When I had the privilege to visit Wairoa Kindergarten, late in March 2021, I immediately felt that all dreams and aspirations were coming true.
Here was a garden with a building; an outdoor learning space with a clever, covered area in case you want to make a cup of coffee.
The Garden was a little forest-in-the-making and it reminded me of the best ECE and Primary School facilities I have seen around the country, in places such as Te Anau, Eskdale, Te Awanga/Haumoana and many more!
There are now soooo many "Hope Spots" around Aotearoa where teachers and students explore the operations manual of Planet Earth and Wairoa is very much one of those!
Imagine growing cohort after cohort of Nature-Literate young New Zealanders who will become experts in generosity, collaboration and respect. Now imagine these youngsters leading the Restoration activities around Mahia peninsula and running the kohanga kiwi.
And as we all know: that starts right at the beginning... at Early Childhood education.
Go well, Wairoa Kindergarten; You certainly are on-track!

Ruud Kleinpaste

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Contact Us:
Phone:       06 838 7026
Cellphone: 027 238 7026
Address:   18A Brian Avenue, Wairoa, HB


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