Hurupaki Kindergarten - Northland Kindergarten Association
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Nau mai, haere mai

Hurupaki Kindergarten is nestled beneath the majestic Hurupaki Mountain and beside the Hurupaki Primary School in Three Mile Bush Road, Kamo.  Our enrolled families come from Kamo and the surrounding rural areas as well as from other parts of Whāngarei.

We have four fully qualified and fully registered Teachers – Dene Cheeseman (Head Teacher), Megan Spijkerbosch, Jo Atkins and Paula Shaw – and a part time Administrator/Lunch Cover – Lisa Johnstone – all with current first aid certificates. We have a low teacher to child ratio of 1:10.

We have a lovely well resourced Kindergarten with lots of outdoor space for your child to run around in. The programme offered at Hurupaki Kindergarten is child initiated and focuses on the children’s strengths and interests within a safe, fun and nurturing environment. We have a passion for Physical Literacy and Active Movement and run a Physical Literacy Programme throughout our sessions to assist the children to consolidate foundation skills that will lead them to being ready for their next step in formal learning.  For more information about this programme have a look at this website www.movingsmart.co.nz

As a teaching team, we respect the environment and encourage children to participate in the learning process of conservation. The environment is seen as the third teacher; children should be allowed to discover, experiment with nature, to learn respect and take care of nature, the environment and what it has to offer.  We are embarking on a journey of lowering our waste, reducing our use of plastic, reusing and recycling, and becoming a more environmentally sustainable kindergarten.  In 2019 we have signed up to the Enviroschools Programme run by the Enviroschools Foundation. It is a national initiative aimed at “equipping young people with the competencies they need to be leaders in sustainability,” (Envirochools Foundation, 2008, p.1). http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/

We have a close relationship with our Kindergarten community and with the Hurupaki Primary School.

The teaching team value excellence in teaching and learning in Early Childhood Education. We are passionate, committed educators who enjoy creating an environment where we place a high value on forming trusting, respectful relationships and an atmosphere full of fun and humour.

We welcome new enrolments so come in and take a look around or give us a call or email.


We look forward to meeting you!

Kia pai tō rā

Dene, Megan, Jo, Paula, and Lisa

Fill out our online form if you have any questions or are interested in enrolling.

Hurupaki Info

Start & Finish Times

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm

or 8.30am to 2.30pm or a mixture of both


Term one – 21 January – 9 April

Term two – 28 April – 3 July

Term three – 20 July – 25 September

Term four – 12 October – 18 December

Kindergarten Fees

20 Free ECE available for children from three to five years of age.

Contact Numbers

Phone: (09) 435 3015

Mobile: (021) 216 8229

Facebook Page

Street Address

101 Three Mile Bush Road

Kamo, Whangarei 0112