Glossary of Maori words we use at Tewaka Childcare Christchurch City

Poari Matua – Board of Trustees
Rōpū Whakahaere – Senior Leadership Team
Kaihautū – Manager
Kaiako Matua – Lead Teachers
Kaiako Matua o te wāhi tuakana – Lead Teacher of the Preschool
Kaiako Matua o te wāhi pēpi – Lead Teacher of the Nursery
Kaiako – Teacher

Kaitunu – Cook
Kāuta – Kitchen
Pēpi – baby
Whānau ( whānui) – Family (includes wider family)
Mātua – Parents
Tamariki – Children
Tamaiti – Child
Hapori – Community

Kairīwhi – reliever
Kaitūao – Volunteers
Whaea / Hākui – term of acknowlegement to an adult female. Used before the first name e.g Whaea Mere / Hākui Heni
Matua – term of acknowlegement to a male. Used before the first name e.g Matua Tahu

Tewaka Childcare Preschool Christchurch City centre – Early Learning Centre

The foundation of our childcare centre’s philosophy embraces the holistic development and growth of tamariki, underpinned by Māori values and the provision of high quality early childhood education.

To find out more about our childcare services please contact us today