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Te Mirumiru

Early Childcare Center


Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Centre recently celebrated their 5th anniversary with a birthday morning tea at which there were special invited guests, balloons, birthday cake, performances by tamariki, a bouncy castle and a clown. The Centre was opened by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Hekia Parata, on 4th February 2012.

A large bustling centre, Te Mirumiru has a license for 100 tamariki. Four different rooms cater for the different age groups; newborn to 18 months in Kotare Ruma, 18 months to 3 yrs in Tui Ruma, 3 year olds in Pukeko Ruma and 4 year olds in Kiwi Ruma.

The Centre is bilingual with 60% of the spoken language being te reo Maori and Maori values and knowledge feature strongly in the teaching programmes and day to day life of Te Mirumiru.

Programmes for the tamariki are usually based around a theme with Te Moana & Tangaroa featuring strongly at the beginning of 2017. A spot visit found Kiwi children making paper mache fish hooks, “Maui’s fishhook” they said. And a large undersea mural in Tui room had 3D attachments such as stuffed paper sharks, pompom kinas and the makings of a balloon wheke.

In keeping with NHHT’s health focus, healthy kai is a must. Brian, the fulltime chef, has been at Te Mirumiru from the beginning and is an expert on healthy kai for tamariki. Spaghetti bolognaise is their favourite dish he says.


He Whare Kohungahunga Reo Rua a Te Mirumiru. Kaha matou ki te whakanui i Te Tiriti o Waitangi me ona mahi ngatahi ki te whanau whanui. E aru ana Te Mirumiru i nga whakaritenga o te marau, Te Whaariki.  Ka noho matou ki waenganui i te kaupapa “Whanau Ora” o te Ngati Hine Health Trust, hei hapai i nga whanau kia tu kaha ai ki roto i te maramatanga me te mohiotanga o to ratou ake Mana Atua.

The team at Te Mirumiru provide a holistic approach to learning where they work in partnership with whanau acknowledging them as the first teachers, providing them with opportunities to express ideas, concerns or to discuss the wellbeing of their tamariki.

Our passionate and engaging kaiako give all tamariki endless opportunities to grow, learn and imagine. They promote open ended exploration, which follows the interests of tamariki in a shared nurturing environment both inside and out. Kaiako learn alongside the tamariki allowing them to meet their individual needs whilst fostering tuakana/ teina relationships which is positively reinforced by the kaiako. 

Ngati Hine Health Trust


We believe that all whanau have the strength to meet their own needs, to accomplish their own goals and to promote their own well-being. This can happen with support provided by the Ngati Hine Health Trust and all its services. This approach is about Whanau Ora which relates to Maori practices that address the many influences on Health, Education and the general well-being of whanau, hapu, iwi and the community.


For more information:


Phone: 09 404 0123

Ngati Hine Health Trust


Our concept for the Te Mirumiru is based on the Maori tradition that all life is born from the womb of Papatūānuku, under the sea by shaping the land into a womb-like form, with the building forming just like a baby within.

Te Mirumiru is one of several services provided by Ngati Hine Health Trust. In line with the centre philosophy, children are supported to play and learn within a curriculum based on Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.

The whakapapa of Ngati Hine is attractively reflected throughout the learning environment and in the naming of the centre. Art works and carvings from local Māori artists line the entrance to children’s learning spaces and replicate important local landmarks. Kaiako frequently use te reo Māori to support children’s learning. In each room there is at least one fluent speaker of te reo Māori. All teachers are qualified.

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