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Newsletter June 2017

Tē nā koutou e te whā nau!


Firstly a big welcome to the new pē pi who have joined some of our whā nau in the past few months.

The Evalu whā nau welcomed baby, Lio who was born on the 15th of June, congratulations whā nau, nau mai ki te ao Lio.

Whetu and Kahurangi had their first baby girl Amaia, which is also Whaea Carina’s 1st moko, on the 28th March, she is doing so well, nau mai Amaia.

Nau mai, tautimai ki ngā whā nau hou. Big mihi to all the new whā nau that have joined us here at Te Waka in the preschool and the nursery.


We will be saying good bye to Te Manawanui who turns 5 on the 21st June and leaves for kura at Te Kura Whakapumau o te Reo Tuturu ki Waitaha on the 26th of June. Kia pai tō u haerenga hou Te Manawanui.

Staff Changes

Kahurangi is on maternity leave with the hopes of returning to work in March. We have said Ka Kite to Whaea Nik who has moved on to new experiences at another centre. Whaea Findy has moved in to the nursery to work alongside Whaea Sara and is enjoying her new position.

We have welcomed 2 new relievers, Ashleigh who has been a student in the nursery on Tuesday’s for most of the year and Shavarn who has recently moved to Christchurch from Invercargill.


The preschool will be having student Ellen join them for 5 weeks from the 26th of June to the 28th of July, she will be working under the guidance of Whaea Tina.


Matariki begins on Sunday the 25th of June. This is the Mā ori New Year, we will be having lots of things happening to celebrate so make sure you keep an eye out!

Working Bee

We held our 1st working bee for the year on the 28th of May. Unfortunately this was not a good turn out, we only had one whā nau turn up to help alongside kaiako, a big mihi to Levon and his Mā mā Alicia for your mahi! There will be another one this year whā nau it will be good to get as many helpers as we can to keep our centre looking good for our tamariki.


Can you please ensure that you are providing the daily needs for your tamaiti/tamariki. This includes nappies and formula, and spare clothing as tamariki may need to change throughout the day. Tamariki also need to be dressed appropriately for the weather, as we are now in Winter they will need to have a jacket and a warm hat.


Do we have any landscapers in the whā nau, Hakui is in the process of looking at our mā ra kai and would like to have a chat to somebody about the layout of this. Please get in touch your help would be much appreciated. Do you have any inside pot plants you could donate to us? We would love to spruce up the indoors with a bit of greenery!

Christmas closure dates

Thursday 21st December 2017 at12:30pm—Monday 15th January 2018 at 7:45am

Reminder: Health and Safety for Tamariki and Pākeke Policy

Tamariki and pākeke who are sick are not to attend the centre. This includes vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperatures, flu like symptoms, conjunctivitis, impetigo and any other contagious illness.

General guidance kaiako will follow:
High temps. – Normal up to 37.2, if 38.0+ tamaiti will be sent home.
Diarrhoea and / or vomiting – Pākeke/ tamaiti will be excluded for 48hours after last diarrhoea or vomit.
Head lice (kutu) – If live kutu are sighted, whānau will be contacted to pick up their tamaiti and asked to treat their hair. Tamariki can return to the centre after appropriate treatment.

Impetigo – Tamaiti can return once treated and sores are cleared.

Conjunctivitis – Pākeke / tamaiti may return once eyes are cleared and there is no longer discharge.

Antibiotics – Tamaiti can return when well and not less than 24hours after starting medication.

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