From Acting General Manager Thomas Tawhiri

Tēnā koutou katoa

Phase Two

Today our staff have been told that due to a range of circumstances, including the need for our General Manager, Sean, having to take extended sick leave, it has been decided to defer Phase Two of our organisation’s restructure, the final decision of which was to be announced next week.

I understand that for many of you, this deferral means that your employment continues to be a state of uncertainty, and it is also disruptive for many others.  I want to apologise for that, but I feel that it is the best course of action at this time.

We are still committed to progressing with Phase Two, but at a later date, and I wil endeavour to keep you informed as much as possible.

Please support each other, talk to your manager if you have concerns, and remember that support is available on a confidential and funded basis.  You can find details on our website.  

 Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

“Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku mapihi mauria” –  My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.

With my hat on as Māori Development Manager, I really want to congratulate those of you who have embraced Te Wiki. I have been really impressed with what many of our Centres have been doing to celebrate what is really an important week for boosting knowledge in and appreciation for our Māori language. It has been great to see many in the Playcentre whānau getting into the spirit. Don’t forget we should keep up our activities for the whole month of September and do make sure you’re in the draw for our Playcentre Whakataetae. Entries close on Friday 2 October.  Details on how to enter and prizes to be won are on the website.


We have recently updated our COVID-19 pages.  As the country continues to fight to eliminate the coronavirus in Aotearoa, it is likely we will have times when we move through different alert levels.  The information on our website has been designed to help Centres at every level, including guidance for how to open and close Centres in the case of temporary closures.

Contact tracing and QR codes

It’s been great to see that centres have been displaying and using their QR codes. Remember that these should be displayed at every entrance to your centre and there should be one displayed on or near your gate so that anyone coming onto your grounds out of hours (such as groundskeepers or contractors) can also scan the code. You can find more information on the website.

Finance Packs

It is that time of the year when all our hardworking Centre treasurers are completing their Finance Packs. The final date for completion is next Friday – September 25.  Feedback from the Centres who have already returned their packs is that they are straightforward and easy to complete, which is great to hear. Visit the website for more details.
I want to join our CFO Marina in thanking you all for your mahi on this really important work for your Centres and the organisation as a whole.


Nā reira me mihi ka tika ki ngā kaiwhakahaere a Ruth Jones rāua ko Avis Stewart i noho tahi ai kōrua i te tari matua nei mō ngā rā e toru. Nā kōrua au i tohutohu haere i runga i ngā kaupapa o te wā nei, tēna kōrua. Nā reira e te rangatira e Sean kei roto koe i ō tātau whakaaro nui ko te tūmanako kia piki nei te oranga ki runga ia koe, noho ora mai. Nā reira tēna koutou katoa.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Ngā mihi me ngā manaakitanga o te wā