Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


New chapter for kindergarten in the Wellington region

6 August 2014

New chapter for kindergarten in the Wellington region

The Rimutaka and Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Associations come together today as one organisation called He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association. He Whānau Manaaki, meaning ‘a caring family’, encompasses 85 kindergartens in the Wellington region, from Seatoun north to Levin and Masterton. Over 5,600 children and families participate in kindergartens operated by the new association.

“What happens each day at kindergarten is what matters most to children and whānau” says He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens governance board co-chairperson Shane La’ulu. “We believed forming one association to support that to happen is the best way forward for everybody.”

The Rimutaka and Wellington Associations have managed and supported kindergartens in the region for decades. The new association continues that practice, employing some 500 teachers and 150 support staff.

Amanda Coulston, previously the general manager of the Wellington Kindergarten Association, is the chief executive of He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, and Jane Braun, previously the manager of the Rimutaka Kindergarten Association is the deputy chief executive. The interim governance board is made up of the two previous associations’ board members and is co-chaired by the previous chairpersons Pamela Malcolm (Rimutaka) and Shane La’ulu (Wellington).

As the leadership team, Amanda and Jane are working with the board and management and professional advisory teams to bring the two organisations together. There will be a transition period to allow time for systems, policies and procedures to be worked through and aligned, and for the development of new structures such as reference and advisory groups.

While there is a lot of activity going on behind the scenes, what happens each day at kindergarten for children and families continues as usual. Families continue to be involved as they are each day. The immediate change is about the structure of the association supporting kindergartens, rather than what happens at each kindergarten.

“We are committed to making the new organisation the best it can be” says He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens co-chairperson Pamela Malcolm. “These are exciting times for kindergarten.”

Over the past 18 months the governing boards of the Rimutaka and Wellington Kindergarten Associations explored the idea of bringing together the associations and concluded a single association would provide a sound foundation for the future. Kindergarten association members voted to establish the new association at special meetings in May this year.

For more information visit:

Click here to read the newsletter to the kindergarten community.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - 'I, Daniel Blake' - Ken Loach's Bleak Masterpiece

'I, Daniel Blake' is a bleak masterpiece, a chilling and moving story of two people striking up an unlikely friendship under extremely adverse circumstances. It is both a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to mere numbers, and a celebration of the decency and compassion of ordinary people who look out for one another when the state has abandoned them. More>>

Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter

  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news