Douglas Street, Hawera 4610



Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 2:30pm



The staff at Tawhiti Kindergarten consists of a team of three full-time Teachers, one part-time Teacher,  a Kindergarten Administrator and a part-time Teacher Aide.

The group size is a maximum of 30 children aged 2- 6 years.



Ph (06) 278 6085 | Mobile (027) 724 7745 | tawhiti@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz



Now offering 30 hours free for all children over the age of two.


A fee of $6.00 per hour applies if you have attested any of your 20 ECE hours at another service


Term one:
Monday 22 January to Friday 12 July

Term two:
Monday 22 July to Friday 20 December


Kindergarten closed: 

Tuesday 6 February
Monday 11 March, Friday 29 March
Monday 1 April
Friday 19 April (Teacher Professional Development day)
Thursday 25 April
Monday 3 June, Friday 28 June
Monday 15 to Friday 19 July
Monday 2 September (Teacher Professional Development day)
Monday 28 October

At Tawhiti kindergarten…..

Relationships are the foundation from which our Tamariki are nurtured to become competent and confident learners. Our well resourced kindergarten provides opportunities for all children to learn and grow.


At Tawhiti kindergarten We have a responsive, nurturing teaching team of 3 full time teachers and 1 part time teacher as well as a part time teacher aide.


 The indoor environment at Tawhiti kindergarten provides spaces for Tamariki to play independently or with friends and is designed to encourage and support social play.  There are spaces for children to be creative and spaces for children to have quiet time should they choose.


Our outdoor environment comprises of a large playground where there is space for children to challenge themselves physically, space to run and a large sandpit for children to explore.  There are also smaller spaces that create “pockets” for play.  Tamariki at Tawhiti kindergarten are encouraged to become kaitiaki of our environment and are supported to do this through our involvement in the Enviroschools initiative.  Gardening and taking care of our place are imbedded within our curriculum.


As relationships are an integral part of our curriculum here at Tawhiti kindergarten, we encourage and value input from whānau to best support children’s learning.  As we charge no fees here at kindergarten, we offset costs and the purchasing of new equipment through fundraising efforts and invite you to be part of these.


Be part of your child’s education