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Manaia Kindergarten

53 South Road, Masterton, Masterton 06 377 4429
ABOVE: Back row: Janeen, Michelle and Jo
              Front row: Lisa, Jo (Head Teacher) and Carol

About Us and Our ProgrammeManaia Kindergarten is a place where children are encouraged to learn with and alongside others. Manaakitanga, (hospitality and generosity) tuakeina/teina (older brother/older sister) relationships and the principle of ako (teaching and learning together) are encouraged and supported. Children also develop social skills, become team players and develop a sense of fun!


We are responsive to the interests and needs of the children and feel that forming partnerships with parents, caregivers and extended families is always in their best interests.


We use the natural environment as much as possible for learning which provides for a variety of interesting individual and group interests (e.g. insect life).


A successful aspect of our learning programme is special feature days which teachers and children work to implement.


We are committed to:

Learning through a variety of means with children’s interests as the starting point;

Children’s exploration, investigation and discovery;

Helping develop children’s social skills;

Children trying new things;

Children being creative, using their imagination and having fun;

Children experiencing situations that have meaning for them;



Monday to Friday:  8:30am - 2:30pm



Previously known as Solway Kindergarten, Manaia Kindergarten evolved as a new kindergarten in January 2012 as the result of a move onto Masterton Primary School grounds. 


We were supported by Rangitane to choose a name for our new kindergarten. Manaia was chosen for the local history of the area and a chief was called Manaia who resided in this area. Also, a well-known farming family, the Donalds, farmed in the Solway area on Manaia Road.


We are well placed to support children’s seamless transition to school, with our close relationship with Masterton Primary. 


We are committed to providing an environment that acknowledges the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa.



2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 23 January - Friday 12 April   Term 2 Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Term 3 Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September   Term 4 Monday 14 October - Thursday 19 December



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