Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre

Welcome to Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre.

It is a privilege to learn alongside you and your child at Maungaarangi, ‘Mountains in the Sky’.  

Our kindergarten is situated next door to Welcome Bay School and sits on large sloping grounds where our tamariki / children have the opportunity to explore and challenge themselves in a large natural environment. We have achieved a Silver Enviroschools Reflection! 

Our vision is ‘Awakening Wairua and Growing Leaders’, through respectful, responsive, reciprocal relationships promoting life long learning.

We believe in intentional teaching, through manakitanga an ‘ethic of care’, so your child will feel safe and nurtured, building implicit relationships with their peers, teachers and whānau.

Children’s passion to learn is fostered through our philosophy and assessment framework Ngā Pūrākau Māori, Māori Legends.  

Our following core principles guide our teaching and learning:

Ko Te Ngakau Aroha   Holistic well-being                                
Whānaupiripiri   Families and community working together              
Whenua Whāngaihia  Living alongside the natural world                          
Ngā Kete Marama  Explore and learn                                                          
Wairua    Spiritual essence and magic

Our localised curriculum, embraces people and places in our community.

A whakatauki / proverb that sit closely with the team is:

Whāia te iti kahurangi
Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei

Our interpretation: Through encouraging our tamariki to pursue excellence and give it their best shot we create a generation of people prepared to embrace the challenges and learning opportunities that they will engage in the future with a positive outlook and confidence.


Our hours are 8:45am - 2:45pm Monday to Friday. Holiday programmes available following Term's 1, 2 & 3.

Our Playgroup hours are 8:45am - 11:45am on Wednesdays only.

How much will it cost?

We offer up to 30 free hours* per week, and accept voluntary donations to help us to continue the great work we do!  We are a donation-based kindergarten, click here to find out more about the average donations we receive.


Phone: 07 544 8944
Address: 22 Esmeralda Street
Welcome Bay
Tauranga 3112
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