Manaia Kindergarten - Northland Kindergarten Association
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Exciting Changes in 2020!

We are going to be open all year in 2020! And to help even more we are totally free! There are no fees or charges, no cancellation fees, absolutely free for a minimum 48 weeks per year.

Our Story

Manaia Kindergarten is set overlooking the picturesque inlet of Parua Bay on the Whangarei Heads.

Children at Manaia Kindergarten explore their interests with support from enthusiastic teachers who encourage and challenge their learning. Learning portfolios with stories of children’s learning and development are valued parts of our curriculum.

Our kindergarten blog celebrates children’s learning, ako, building friendships, sharing stories, and relationships with our community. We aim to build whanaungatanga – relationships with the whole family in the interest of nurturing children and their individual and community learning opportunities.

Through our community vegetable garden our tamariki learn where food comes from, and how delicious fresh home-grown food can be. Thanks to whanau involvement new vegetables and plants are added to this garden throughout the seasons.

Collecting eggs from our hei hei and harvesting vegetables is a part of our everyday programme. Our emphasis on the natural environment is further supported by our Nature Programme which is run for our 10 oldest children, who visit our local reserve and mudflats every week throughout the year. You can find out more about our Nature Programme on our blog.

Children explore the world of bugs and grubs in our bushland environment, vegetable garden, indoor terrarium and under the digital microscope.

Our children enjoy the outdoors and teachers professional learning has supported the development of the playground to ensure opportunities for children to explore and develop essential gross motor and fine motor skills. Monkey-bars, swings, trucks and our sandpit all support children’s physical development whilst laying the foundations for key numeracy and literacy skills.

We strongly encourage new families to come in for a visit a few times before starting at Kindergarten. Let’s spend some time getting to know each other, and encouraging the children to find their place in this wonderful community.

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

Manaia Info

Start & Finish Times

Monday to Friday

8.30-2.30 term time



TERM 1 2019
23 January to 12 April 2019
29 April to 5 July 2019
22 July to 27 September 2019
14 October to 20 December 2019

Kindergarten Fees

Manaia Kindergarten utilises the 20 ECE hours provided by the Ministry of Education and charge only $2 per hour after 23 hours, providing your child is enrolled with us for a minimum of 20 hours a week. The NKA also has other options available to assist those who struggle to make payments.

Contact Numbers

Phone: (09) 436 1262

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