Tucked beside Plunket and Franklin Reserve, Hokowhitu Kindergarten located in the heart of Hokowhitu is designed to provide a world of fun and fantasy for children.
With an amazing indoor and outdoor space, children can grab a tool to help build a play house, paint some art, feed the chickens, explore the tree house, sail a boat, grow a garden, or discover a favourite new book - whatever the imagination brings.
Teacher Wilma Aldridge has been a part of the teaching team for over 16 years and believes that the kindergarten’s great location and close-knit ties to the community has made it popular with families.
“There’s a real community feel to our kindergarten. A lot of our families walk, scoot, or bike so parents meet and get to know each other. The reserve next door is also a great space that naturally brings our community together,” Wilma explains.
A historical fundraiser in the community for over 20 years, Hokowhitu Kindergarten held it’s annual Wheel-a-thon on 2 March - enthusiastically supported by the children, both past and present, as well as their families.
As part of the kindergarten’s manaakitanga, a bake sale and sausage sizzle was organised for the Wheel-a-thon with $411 raised towards Relay for Life that doubled last year’s efforts.
“We had fantastic support from our community with baking ingredients, meat and bread donated to us,” Head Teacher Tessa Kirner revealed.
“Our families are very hands-on and play a big role in creating a unique and memorable kindy experience for the kids.”