We welcome parent involvement, and many of our parents come on trips, share a skill, help with fundraising, or just spend time with us. We welcome parents sharing their culture and languages and feel that family involvement adds to the richness of our programme. 


We always encourage and enjoy parent participation – this could involve coming with us on trips, sharing your culture with us, sharing a skill like music or cooking, fundraising, helping with social events, or even just spending time in your kindergarten. 


If you have governance experience - or are interested in gaining some - and you want to have a say in the future of the Whānau Manaaki network, you might want to explore standing for our governing board. Elections are usually held in the lead up to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September – check out the Our Board page to find out more.

Have a Say

At our Annual General Meeting you can find out about what is happening around our network, what our strategic priorities are and how we have met our goals for the year. Parents and whānau named on a child enrolment are considered members of Whānau Manaaki. They can vote in the Board elections or at Annual and Special General Meetings. 


The Government provides funding to help cover teachers’ salaries, maintenance of the buildings, the running of the Whānau Manaaki office and day-to-day running costs.

Fees, parent contributions, fundraising and community grants are necessary to replace equipment and to develop our buildings and outdoor environments. Fundraising activities are held throughout the year and the committee and teachers work hard to ensure these are fun experiences for families.