Te Kupenga Preschool

Te Kupenga (TK) is an idyllic rural preschool set on the grounds of the Omaka Marae, five minutes from town. Our family / whānau-centred environment is quiet and relaxing, and provides high-quality educational programmes. Although we are situated on a Marae we are not a Kohanga Reo, we do however have a strong commitment to a bi-cultural content and teachers that are skilled in this area.

We offer quality, up-to-date play-based programmes through our commitment to excellent teacher professional development. We love involving our community in family and whānau-focused programmes to encourage positive relationships.


What parents are saying

"I believe that TK is a preschool that is very aware of its self and what its purpose is and that is for the quality care and education and different experience they will provide our kids.  The openness to parents and willing to listen to the parents and put up their hand if they felt they were wrong.  I feel very proud of TK and tell many."

"My boys have absolutely thrived at TK and always felt as though my boys were very well taken care of." 

"Caring, enthusiastic, welcoming and friendly teachers = cool learning environment.  Keep up the great work guys."

"We felt that TK had happy and positive environment.  Personally we were pleased that TK linked in with Omaka Marae activities and some Maori culture was incorporated into their day.  Our children really enjoyed this aspect."

"We as a family that you for the time, love and patience shown to our wee man.  He was accepted from the first day to the last.  He loved his time there.  The openness and friendship of all the teachers and staff needs to be commended."

"Thank you for the loving care that you have given all of our children attending TK. It really has felt like a second home to not just the children but also myself. Such a wonderful, caring, family feel to the centre. Thank you for all the support, listening ears and wonderful friendships we made there. Will always hold a special space in our hearts.

"Te Kupenga has given our son an insight into numerous activities, which we have never experienced in previous pre-school education.  These include football skills, sign language, as well as numerous excursions he has been taken on, kindy gym, theatre, pet shop, walks to name a few! The team of staff are friendly and go to huge efforts to provide the children with so many varied experiences"

" The staff at TK have a fantastic working relationship with each other, they model the respectful, caring, open minded, curious, adaptable, joyful attitude that they try so hard to instill in our kids - BIG UPS to TK :) "

Te Kupenga is such a nurturing environment.  Incredible staff with a wealth of knowledge and such diversity.  An amazing open place of fun and learning where teachers learn from whanau and whanau learn from teachers – a truly beautiful place.  WE WILL MISS YOU ALL ngà mihi arhoa xxxx

I’m not from NZ and my partner’s family are from the far north so we have no immediate family here, making working full time, shift work etc. and family life difficult to juggle at times.  The TK team have been wonderful from start to finish – helping us teach, guide and raise our child to be the fabulous person he is today.  They have been there with information and supportive through a lot of mile stones.  We really can’t thank you enough.  We will miss you all dearly xx


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Licensed for a maximum of 40 children


03 578 8571




120 Aerodrome Road

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