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Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Ōtautahi Early Learning Centre

Ma te huruhuru, ka rere te manu

We are a centre that provides:

  • A home away from home (we value whānau connections)
  • Strong Māori values
  • Play-based learning
  • Great ratios
  • Multicultural
  • Provide cooked kai (at no extra cost)

Holistic growth for tamariki, whanau and hapori through Maori values, experiences and opportunities that foster a strong sense of self and identity. Tamariki graduate Te Waka with knowledge, skills and attitudes to reach their full potential.

We celebrate Māoritanga as our way of living and being as tangata whenua of Aotearoa.

We value whanau connections, and fostering strong, responsive, reciprocal relationships through engaging in positive and collaborative interactions with our tamariki, kaimahi, whanau and hapori.

Our Te Waka learning hapori value respectful communication and being accepting and inclusive of one another.

We value our centre as a safe, secure space that is honest, warm, affectionate, fun loving and compassionate.

Our centre is a welcoming, nurturing learning environment where everything and everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Te Reo Maori me ōna Tikanga
Maori language and customs are embedded in all we do.


  Full Time – 5 days Part time 1 – 4 days Two or more siblings
Community users $280.00 per week $59.00 per day / $32.50 per session 10% discount on 2nd tamaiti booking
Student users  $270.00 per week $57.00 per day / $31.50 per session 10% discount on 2nd tamaiti booking

Student Holding fee: A holding fee will be in place from 16 January 2023 – 27 January 2023 and 04 December 2023 – 22 December 2023 (This is calculated on a case by case basis)


Fees will be charged when a tamaiti is absent. There is, however provision for leave which entitles whānau to a 50% reduction in fees.

Community Users

The Centre offers community users a leave entitlement of ten (10) days absence per annum charged at 50% per full time booking.

Student Users

In addition to the student holding fee, the Centre offers student users a leave entitlement of five (5) days absence per annum charged at 50% per full time booking.

These entitlements are also offered to families of tamaiti who attend the centre part time on a pro rata basis.

The Centre must receive written notification five (5) working days prior to intended leave in order for the entitlement to be approved.

Public Holidays – statutory days will be charged in full when they fall within the Centre’s opening dates.

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Please come into the Centre or contact us.
Phone: 03 940 8436

Te Waka is open Monday-Friday all year, except on statutory holidays, Easter Tuesday, a kaiako only day TBA and at least 3 weeks at Christmas.

Morning Session: 7.30am - 12.30pm (Morning tea and lunch provided)
Afternoon Session: 12.30pm-5.30pm (Afternoon tea provided)

Centre Philosophy