Tāku kuru pounamu.
My precious treasure.
Our tamariki are the taonga gifted to us by our tūpuna. They are our hope for the future and we believe that we cannot view our tamariki as separate from their whānau, hapū and iwi or from the environment which we are all a part of.
By putting whānau and Te Ao Māori at the heart of our curriculum, He Pounamu Early Nurture will provide a nurturing, supportive and culturally inclusive environment, led by this whakataukī, which places such importance on our youngest of citizens; our mokopuna/tamariki.
“Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.“
Although it is small, it is a treasure.
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi ēngari he toa takitini.“
My strength is not mine alone, but the strength of many.
The strength of a community lies within whanaungatanga, where relationships, interactions and ripples of aroha create deep connections and where a fluid and evolving tapestry of story comes to life. He Pounamu Early Nurture has a heart for our community, supporting people to connect, care, love and thrive as a whole.
“Hūtia te rito o te harakeke. Kei hea te kōmako, e kō? Kī mai ki ahau, He aha te mea nui o te ao? Māku e kī atu. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata!“
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!
“Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.“
With your basket and my basket the people will thrive.
Our kete is greatly enhanced by bringing in the knowledge from those around us. Connecting to other early childhood professionals and leaders in the field is important to us, as we want to always be moving forward and to ensure that we are continually thinking critically. Our vision includes sharing what we have with others, while also gaining from others.
Our vision is to ensure that our practice is firmly guided by current understanding, research and literature. We also aspire to allowing our practice to guide and lead research, therefore creating a wider circle of influence.
A beautiful peaceful nature-based centre, founded upon Te Ao Māori, and rich in aroha and whanaungatanga x