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.


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, 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.


Our favourite 2019 ERO Comments:

Warm and respectful relationships are evident between all involved in the service. A recent initiative aimed at building parent, teacher and child relationships supports younger children to successfully transition into the kindergarten. Teachers apply consistent strategies and respond appropriately to nurture each child's social and emotional competence. Children play capably with, and alongside each other. They display a sense of belonging and ownership.

View full 2019 ERO report here.

Meet The Staff:
Left to Right: Janita Blake, Paula Lantsbury, Erin Marsh, Lorraine Lovell
Te Awanga staff 2018

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
Kindergarten Support Worker  Erin Marsh


'My granddaughter has loved every single moment of her two years at Te Awanga kindy. There is surely no higher recommendation than that!

I believe she feels like that because the teachers there achieve the perfect balance of fimness, fairness, kindness and fun as the children engage in the huge array of activities they make available.

Add to that the beautiful country-coastal setting and an appreciation of the natural world, and what better environment could there be for a child's early learning and awareness of social values.

What a great start these children get!'  Lynda J, 

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

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