the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Marewa Kindergarten


Welcome To Marewa Kindergarten

Marewa Kindergarten is an extremely well resourced, centrally located kindergarten. Our experienced, established team of teachers provide a warm, caring and welcoming environment for children and families with a strong sense of community and belonging. We pride ourselves in knowing the individual child and their families.

Our kindergarten values inclusive practice. Our children learn happily with and alongside children with different abilities as well as children from different countries. Our children experience success. Strongly established liasons with local schools, and our daily programme teaches the children essential skills that enable them to experience a smooth transition to school. 

Emergency evacuation destination: Oldershaws (above Marewa Pharmacy)

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, and have additional non teaching support as well.

Marewa Philosophy:

"Take care of our children
 Take care of what they hear
 Take care of what they see
 Take care of what they feel
 For how the children grow
 So will be the shape of Aotearoa."

Dame Whina Cooper
At Marewa kindergarten we provide a safe, healthy, caring and happy environment with equitable opportunities for all.

The teaching team are qualified, experienced and highly skilled professionals.

We foster strong and secure relationships between children, family/whānau, teachers and community that reflect the cultural make-up of our community and the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa new Zealand all of which are vital to a sense of belonging, well-being and positive learning outcomes.

We acknowledge that children increasingly live in a busy fast-paced world; we purposefully provide an unhurried environment where children learn holistically. 

We celebrate the uniqueness of each child, their needs, strengths and cultures.  We pride ourselves on a safe nurturing environment which provides experiences to meet and extend social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of all children where there is love, respect and understanding.

We value learning gained through both free play and structured communal group times.  We believe in the importance of teaching children to play safely and to show respect for people, the living and non-living environment, with a clear emphasis on learning about routines, limits and boundaries.

In partnerships with whānau/families, we uphold the values of honesty, truthfulness, courtesy and kindness.

Children develop independence and resilience and are prepared for a smooth transition to school and future learning.

Ma te rourou a nga tamariki                                               With the children's basket
Ma te rourou o te whanau                                                   The families basket
Ma te rourou a nga kaiwhakaako                                     The Teacher's basket                     
Ka ngatahi tatou, ka ako hoki tatou katoa                      We share and learn together


Our Favourite 2019 ERO Comments:

Children and their whānau experience a welcoming and inclusive environment. Teachers form responsive and reciprocal relationships with whānau. They understand each child in the context of their family and community. This provides a good foundation for learning and development. Responsive relationships support children’s sense of belonging.

Teachers support children's growing social competence through the values of empathy and care. They use effective positive guidance strategies. A calm and well-resourced learning environment promotes children’s oral language development, independence and sustained engagement in their learning.

Māori children experience an environment that affirms their language and culture. Teachers acknowledge whakapapa as integral to the development of a sense of self, belonging and connectedness. Connections between Māori ways of being and sustainable practices support children’s knowledge of Māori world views. Ethnic diversity is valued. Cultures are acknowledged, and children's language and traditions are affirmed within the programme.

 View full 2019 ERO report here.

Meet The Staff:
Left to Right: Bevan Fiddler, Tangi  Phiilips (KSW),  Anne McLean (HT), Pippa Harris, Anne-Marie
Marewa Staff Oct 2021
Head Teacher  Anne McLean
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Pippa Harris
  • BA Education,  BA Arts
  • current first aid   
Teacher  Bevan Fiddler
  • Dip ECE, Dip Primary Tch & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Tangi Phillips

Teacher Anne-Marie
  • BA (Hons)  comms studies,   Post Grad Dip  Teach ECE & current first aid


My three year old son (William) has recently transferred to Marewa Kindergarten and he’s loving it. The teachers are great; really helpful and encouraging. The grounds and buildings are well kept so you know the kids have a safe place in which to have fun, burn energy and learn. My daughter is a few years away from kindy age but she will definitely be going to Marewa kindy. S Higginson, Parent

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 9434
Cellphone: 027 643 9434
Address:   2A Bedford Road, Marewa, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Children and parents look forward to their kindergarten experience