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Lots to read about in today's edition.  


I am sure you are with me in saying we are thinking of Coulston whãnau as they farewell their dealy loved poppa this afternoon.




Change Of Date and Venue


Kia ora koutou katoa,


Please note a new date, and venue has been organised for the Upper and Lower Hutt Regional Staff meeting:


Date: Wednesday 13th June

Venue: Silverstream Retreat, 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt 5019

Time: 3.30 to 5.30


We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding, see you there!




Weekly Staffing Reports/Staff Hour Counts


Please can you have your Weekly Reports/Staff Hour Counts confirmed and sent in to timesheets@wmkindergartens.org.nz by 10am on Friday 1 June.  We have to have all the details into the payroll by Tuesday lunch time and with the Public Holiday on Monday, it makes it quite pressured.  Thanks everyone. 


Content Bank - Reminder


Just a reminder to please check through the photos that Chanelle has sent through to you.  Please let her know as soon as possible if there are any photos of children who do not have permission for photos.


Website updates 


Please keep an eye out for website updates.


We are doing our best to keep all of the kindergarten information up to date online. So if you have team photos or updated information for the website please let us know and keep an eye out for some small changes.


Any questions please contact Chanelle.


New Kindergarten Logos 


The design team continue to be busy working away at your kindergarten logos.


But there are still a few kindergartens who haven’t sent in their feedback. Please send this in as soon as possible so we can get the new logos ready for you.


Please send your feedback to Chanelle.huia-rutten@wmkindergartens.org.nz 


South End Kindergarten's new logo and sign.



Greytown Kindergarten's new logo and sign.


Ministry Of Education RS7 Reporting


Just a reminder that the Association has to report “RS7” information about your kindergarten to the Ministry of Education for the current funding period (1 February 2018 – 31 May 2018) byFriday 8 June 2018.


All of the information we require is generated from your enrolment and staff timetable information in Infocare, so we need your help to ensure that all of this is complete and accurate.


As with normal month end requirements can you please ensure that, for the all weeks in this funding period (which ends Friday 1 June, the following is completed in Infocare by4pm on Friday 1 June:

  • Sign in sheets marked in Infocare (actual attendance)
  • Fee invoices are created and committed
  • Staff timetables (“staff hour count”) are completed
  • Online sign off of your monthly roll return
  • Any ratio, attendance or roll issues are communicated to the Association (please call Tania or Cathryn)


If your support staff are unavailable to work on Friday can you please ensure arrangements are in place so that this deadline is met – this may mean that these tasks need to be completed by Teaching staff before the cut off.


We will be reviewing your Infocare RS7 data so you may receive reminder emails or queries on Tuesday 5 June.


No changes to Infocare for the 1 February 2018 – 31 May 2018 funding period will be able to be made after 4pm, Tuesday 5 June.


Samoan Language Week


There has been a lot of celebrating in our kindergartens this week for Samoan Language week.



Fanau Pasifika lead Samoan language weel at Levins Te Takare.  Tamaiti performed siva, sasa, pese and storytelling.





To celebrate Samoan Language week in the Association office our amazing transport team cooked a Samoan lunch for us. It was deeeeeelicious! Fa'afetai lava!!🙌 


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Awatea Kindergarten had a Samoan lunch on Tuesday to celebrate Samoan language week


Open Polytech Teachers Graduate


Four Whānau Manaaki teachers graduated from the Open Polytechnic last week, including Brittany Manawaiti  who was chosen to speak at the ceremony.


Brittany, a teacher at Raumati South Kindergarten, told the graduation audience that she was inspired to become a teacher after a visit to Bali. “I witnessed the power of education and how it brought joy to children who owned next to nothing,” said Brittany. She also said she is proud of the career she has chosen and about making a difference. “I have the opportunity to ensure that children are treated equally and are provided with an opportunity to strive in their environment, and that is a responsibility I hold dear,” she said. 


Brittany says graduation gave her the opportunity to celebrate her hard work, achievement and sacrifices. She loves the opportunites she has at Raumati South, and enjoys the large outdoor space for children.  She’s also enjoying working in a close-knit team with the chance to sit down and have a kōrero about the day. After her placements, Brittany says it was her dream to work for Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, because of the team work and similar values and beliefs about children’s learning and development.





Tu’u Mailo who is teaching at Maraeroa was a TONI  home-based educator for Whānau Manaaki’s  Etu Ao homebased service before she enrolled to study. Etu Ao Visiting Teacher Raewyn Moffit says as an educator, Tu’u was always enthusiastic and had great relationships with the children. 


With six children of her own Tu’u found the workload challenging while she was studying, so it was great to celebrate with so many of her extended family.  “I really enjoyed it, I loved it and my family loved it.”


Tu’u says she is learning a lot while teaching at Maraeroa.  “I love it because I’m learning more – it’s such a good team.”




Laura Talbot who also graduated last week says studying was stressful but she feels excited and proud to finally be able to put what she knows into practice in her job at Plimmerton Kindergarten.  “I’m really loving it – the team is supportive and welcoming.“




Brooke Maxwell is teaching at Newtown Kindergarten and studied part time while working at a centre in Nelson. She says this enabled her to put what she learnt from her course into practice straight away. 


“It was amazing, it made me realise I was doing the right thing.”


Her two children were young when she began her degree, so coming to graduation recognised their contribution to her studies. “It was nice to finally celebrate with my family.”


Brooke is enjoying the many cultures at Newtown Kindergarten.  “I’m loving it – it’s quite different, such a diverse community.”


Special Visitors At Paramata


Paremata Kindergarten had some very special visitors during the week, three founding pupils!


One of them even bought in her very first kindergarten painting from 1957!!  It was a lovely visit with the ladies sharing many stories with the children about their time at Paremata.




Conference Update


Welcome to the fourth Conference update, there will be further news, information and guidance in weekly editions of Kōrero.


We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s annual All Staff Conference on the 9thand 10th of July!


The theme of this year’s two day Staff Conference is - PANONI - Celebrate! Challenge! Change!


The All Staff Conference will once again be held in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on Cable St in Wellington City.


He Whānau Manaaki Staff Conference information.


Non-teaching staff

The All Staff Conference begins at 8.30am for non-teaching staff on Monday morning 9thJuly. A Conference Key Note speaker and a variety of workshops will take place for Homebased TONI Educators, Community Navigators, Transport Teams, Teacher Aides and Administrators. All non-teaching staff are warmly invited to attend and then to stay on for the whole staff meeting in the afternoon.


Whole Staff Meeting

The compulsory Whole Staff Meeting will be held on Monday, 9thJuly starting at 1.00pm at Te Papa in Wellington.  All teachers, kindergarten based students and office staff are required to attend and all other staff strongly encouraged to attend.


Teachers Conference

The Teachers Conference will take place on Tuesday, 10 July at Te Papa in Wellington, beginning at 8.00am, with a prompt start of 8.30am. More details regarding content will be available in future editions of the Kōrero.


Conference Registration

Registration for workshops will open early in June through HR.Net, confirmation of dates for registration will be given in in future Kōrero editions. Please note that each staff membermustenrol into HR.NET themselves using their personal login details.



We will once again provide accommodation for staff who are attending the Conference and live in Waikanae or further north, or in the Wairarapa.  Accommodation will be booked for the night of Monday 9thJuly with the cost of the room will be paid for by the Association. To organise your accommodation please e-mail Lorraine Coulston at lorraine.coulston@wmkindergartens.org.nz before Friday 1stJune 2018. 


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