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.


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: 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 feel so grateful to have such an amazing local kindergarten for our son. The teachers have such a great rapport with the children, so understanding of all the different little personalities and they really notice their small idiosyncrasies-they are fantastic! It’s also great to see they have such a positive working relationship with each other. The kindy is super organised with new thoughtful activities for the children to engage in each day but at the same time having plenty of opportunity for free play. I feel the teachers are always going over and beyond to introduce new and positive ideas such as mindfulness classes, amazing!

There is really a sense of community of Te Awanga Kindergarten with parents always welcome, our son just loves it and so do we!”
L Gordon  March 2021

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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