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We hope that you all have a great Easter break, and get to some of the things you enjoy over the break!


Just to let you know that I (Jane) am currently working part time in the Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association Office (North Shore), as the Acting General Manager.  I will be in Auckland 2-3 days each week and in WMK Office rest of the time.   My contact details remain the same, just my location varies ☺.  This arrangement is temporary and is part of the support that WMK is able to provide to other New Zealand Kindergarten Associations.


Remember that you can access the Kōrero at any time by going to www.wmkindergartens.org.nz/korero and you can access any previous editions by going to www.wmkindergartens.org.nz/archive 



Te Aho Tukutuku - Early Mathematics


Did you know that the MOE ECE maths resource Te Aho Tukutuku is available online as well as in CD form?  You can find the online link here.



What events have you got planned?


Hi everyone, 


I know many of you have exciting and interesting things going on at the moment and we want to know about it!


So if you have anything happening at Kindergarten e.g. events, fundraisers or anything you think especially intriguing please let me know!


Such events can be great opportunities not only for publicity and promotion but also to invite the wider community into our kindergartens, creating an awesome space for our rangatahi.


You can call or email me :

04 232 1744 or



Playground Audits



In the next month we will be beginning the next round of playground audits. Leanne Nelson, Jim Batty & Trish Thomsen will be undertaking these audits on behalf of the association.


You will be contacted by the person doing your audit prior to them visiting your kindergarten. Can you please ensure that when they do visit, all equipment that you would usually have in your outdoor environment is set up so they can get a good sense of what the outdoor environment usually consists of.


If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine.Coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nz


Newlands Farewell Janine


After 18 years at Newlands Kindergarten Janine Middleton is following her dream of living and working in the Wairarapa.


Next term Janine will take up the Head Teacher's position at Masterton West Kindergarten.


Newlands Kindergarten are hosting a dessert and coffee evening on Thurs 12th April, 6.30pm at Newlands Kindergarten to farewell Janine.


Feel free to come along and join us and to wish Janine all the best for her new adventure!

Please bring a dessert to share. 


New Fixed Term Itinerant Relievers


As was discussed at the Regional Staff Meetings and the Reliever Meetings this term, we are appointing 10 new part-time Itinerant Relievers, on a fixed-term for Terms 2 and 3.  This is to alleviate some of the pressure on our relievers list that these winter terms can bring.  The positions will be spread across our region. 


The ads for these positions will be on our website tonight and will be in the online Gazette from Tuesday.  Applications close midday Friday 13 April.  Please email vacancies@wmkindergartens.org.nz for information and an application pack. 


The Malofie Exhibition


This week marked the beginning of the Malofie Exhibition. This is a traditional Samoan Tattooing Exhibition is supported by Whanau Manaaki given that 14 of our 86 services are located in the wider Porirua area and most of them have high numbers of Maori and Pasifika children and families enrolled. It was also our Communities and Participation Managers Caroline and Danny who organised the event.


The event is taking place in Whitireia's Wikitoria building and ends April 6th. There are 9 women and 4 men taking part in the Malofie.  Two of the participants are current students of Whitireia NZ.


This exhibition will showcase the esteemed work of the famous Suluape family of Samoa.  The Suluape family carry the title of Su’a and are the most respected of all tufuga ta tatau for their work and long-term commitment to developing the malofie and promoting this ancient Samoan craft.


The art of malofie or tatau is the Samoan indigenous practice of piercing the skin with the au (a sharpened implement such as a shark tooth) after being dipped in the black soot ink called lama. A wooden mallet is used to tap the au into the skin.


Having a tatau is a sign that he/she is ready to serve (tautua) the family, village and community.  Those with a tatau are often the first people called to carry out certain cultural tasks such as public announcement of cultural gifts (folafola sua), to serve the ava of the matai (aumaga).  Soga’imiti are expected to be well versed in Samoan customs and protocols. 


The exhibition is open to the public with gold coin entry. If you would like to make a group booking or find out more please contact Caroline Mareko - caroline.mareko@wmkindergartens.org.nz - 021 446 843



Appointments and Resignations


Congratulations to the following on their recent appointments:


Robyn Mareko, Administratior, Nuanua

Amber Dunmore-Jones, Administrator, Seatoun


We wish all the best to the following who have resigned:


Sharryn Mountford-Gibbs, Teacher, Petone Beach

Lucy Walker, Teacher, Island Bay



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