Ruahine Kindergartens

A bird in the bush


Somerset Kindergarten have a new addition to their forest area. Supported by our bicultural advisor, Jerome, they have built a whare!

The construction process was an amazing experience for the children: they eagerly supported Jerome with advice and guidance, and held the posts as he put them into the ground.

A blessing ceremony was held, with Jerome and all the children, where the whare was officially named Manu, which means bird. The children said a karakia and sang a waiata, Māku rā pea. Jerome led the blessing and played his wonderful music.

This addition to Somerset Kindergarten's outdoor environment was made possible from equity funding, made available to their community to support new and exciting opportunities. The whare has allowed the children to consolidate their bicultural knowledge in a creative and collaborative way.

The whare was also a great way to farewell one of their most valued team members, Raewyn, who has been part of the teaching team and a core part of our community for many years. Somerset Kindergarten wishes Raewyn well in her future role and thank her for her stellar contributions to their community.