Mā te Huruhuru ka rere te manu

With the feathers of knowledge the bird will fly. Preparing our tamariki for the future

Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi is a whānau based early learning centre that prides itself on providing high quality bi-lingual care and education through Māori concepts, values and beliefs, to all.
Te Reo Māori me ona tīkanga are intergral aspects within our centre philosophy. We aim to provide tamariki and whānau with opportunities for a wide variety of learning experiences through the medium of Te Reo Māori. Our focus on Te Reo Māori me ona tīkanga is our contribution to revitalising our Māori language, upholding, as well as promoting and encouraging, social, cultural and spiritual awareness of all whānau so that they are empoweredto be bi-culturally comfortable.

We aim to deliver a curriculum with genuine interactions and experiences for tamariki and whānau alike, through embracing their individual needs and holistic development. Kaiako will provide a positive learning environment in which tamariki are encouraged and   supported to discover as much as possible on their own. We recognise that tamariki who achieve through their own experiences acquire a knowledge that is different to tamariki who are offered ready made solutions. By providing a learning environment where tamariki are encouraged to explore through freedom to make choices, we believe they experience their   world in their own terms, with the support and guidance of kaiako. Tamariki and whānau will  experience an environment where play based learning is valued.

The foundation of our philosophy is developed around Mason Duries concept of Te Whare Tapawhā and embraced with our core centre values of, Manaakitanga – Care, Whakaute –   Respect, Whanaungatanga – Relationships, Aroha – Kindness (love), Te Reo me ōna tīkanga. Māoritanga is our overarching core value.

We believe our philosophy is a living document that continues to devolp and mature.


Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi (Te Waka) is a bilingual centre that prides itself on  delivering high quality early childhood education to all


Holistic growth for tamariki, whānau and hāpori through Māori values, experiences and opportunities that foster a strong sense of self and identity. Tamariki will graduate Te Waka with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to reach their full

Strategic Goals

  • The philosophy of Te Waka will reflect the values, pedagogy and identity of our kaiako,
    tamariki and whānau.
  •  To nurture a culture of shared professional leadership and open communication focused on
    encouraging relationships, teaching and learning pedagogy.
  • Kaiako will use robust, appropriate and consistent assessment practices.
  • Kaiako will use robust and meaningful planning and evaluation system.
  • Tamariki will experience a rich and responsive programme.

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