the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Onekawa Kindergarten


Welcome To Onekawa Kindergarten

Onekawa Kindergarten is set in attractive, landscaped grounds on the Maadi Rd reserve and we are the proud winners of the Napier PreSchool Garden Competition 2010. The warm friendly environment for children and adults alike inspires discovery and delight. A place of learning that is relaxing and encourages children to reach their potential as competent and capable learners.   Nau mai haere mai.  We welcome you.


Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 12:45pm
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:

At Onekawa Kindergarten we embrace fun, friendships and curiosity as we play and learn.  Onekawa Kindergarten is a place for quality education, aspirations, inspiring educational success, leadership, holistic well-being, aroha, whânau, trust, respect, resilience, independence, kotahitanga, nurturing potential and kaitiaki. 

Our Favourite 2016 ERO Comment:
Children access a well-considered range of open-ended activities and resources that support and promote their interests and strengths. Subsequently, they settle quickly and engage in self-directed play. They access a good range of open-ended activities and resources that support and promote their interests and strengths. They are able to explore, investigate, be creative and engage in physical activity. Children and teachers enjoy learning and have fun. Strong friendships amongst children are evident.

View full 2016 ERO report here.                               

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Meet The Staff:  
From left: :  Estelle Vyle, Tina Burbury, Lill Church (H.Teacher), Bonnie Finnema, 

Onekawa teaching team 2019
Head Teacher  Lillian Church
  • B.Early Childhood & current first aid
Teacher  Estelle Vyle
  • B.Ed  Teaching ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Tina Burbury
  • Dip Teaching ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Bonnie Finnema
  • B Teaching ECE & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Crystal Puhara


“We found Onekawa Kindergarten to be an amazing place. The friendly happy relaxed environment is a credit to the wonderful teachers who go above and beyond to ensure every child reaches their full potential. The activities are always interesting and the teachers always come up with new and creative ways to extend the children in their current interests.

Our daughter started kindergarten extremely shy and all the staff helped her develop skills to overcome her shyness and at her 5 year old mat time she was able to talk in front of the whole kindy group and is now completely ready for school.

Onekawa Kindergarten will always hold happy memories for our family. Thank you”. Katrina and John 
“It has been a great year with you all but I have to go off to school. Thanks for a lot of fun at kindy. I’ll miss you all, so good bye”. Clayton aged 8

“Thank you for looking after me at kindy I really appreciate it. I am going to miss you guys so much”. Calais aged 7

“To all the teachers, I’m not going to come back to kindy anymore”. Savannah-Rose aged 5

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for my family throughout the last few years. You create such a welcoming, caring and compassionate atmosphere. Our time with you all has been so happy and I know we’ll all miss you, however I leave with some wonderful memories as I know the rest of my family does also”. Amy, Craig, Clayton, Calais and Savannah-Rose 

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

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