New appointments

Kia ora Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa, It is with great pleasure that the Kaihononga Māori team advise the appointments of our newest Kaimahi Māori. Deacon Andrews is based in Tāmaki and started on the 20/09/2021 as the new Upper North Island Kaihononga Māori.  Deacon has provided his introduction;

Ko reo o mihi tēnei e rere ana 
Ki ngā Iwi, ki ngā mana
Ki a koutou kātoa e nga pou o Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa
Tena Koutou kātoa.
He waimaria nāku hei Kaihononga Māori e whakapiri ana e au i te Ao whānui ki te Ao Māori hei oranga mo a tātou tamariki, mokopuna.

Greetings and well wishes to you all to the support pillars of Playcentre i thank you for welcoming me in to this whānau.
I am blessed to able to connect whānau with Te Ao Māori for the betterment of our Tamariki, Mokopuna and I look forward to working and meeting you all soon. Tena koutou kātoa nā Deacon Andrews.

Louise Albert is based in Kirikiriroa and started on the 13/09/2021 as the new Education Lead. 

We are very excited to have both Deacon and Louise join our organisation as they bring a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge with them.


Bicultural Officer/ He kaiwhakaihuwaka o Te Ao Māori

A reminder to all Centres to nominate their Bicultural Officer/ He kaiwhakaihuwaka o Te Ao Māori – a champion for actively promoting Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitment within your centre at their up n coming AGM.

Your Centre AGM is to ensure that our tamariki, families and Playcentres are having their needs met, always growing and developing. Read through the AGM planning information (below) thoroughly and if you need a karakia and waiata to open your AGM you can find them in the link here;


Huringa Pūngao

Huringa Pūngao is a 10 year transformation programme and has been designed to enable change within NZ Playcentre Federation.
The elements came from Te Wananga-o-Raukawa with the permission of Academic Director Pakake Winiata. Alaine Tamati-Aubrey has adapted the principles to consider the characteristics of NZ Playcentre Federation based on a Māori world view.  An organisational wide transformation has taken place since its launch in 2018 by implementing one of the elements each year which is incorporated by all NZ Playcentre Federation governance members and employee into everyday use within the organisation. This year the element that will be incorporated is;  


This is developing and maintaining a unity of purpose and direction and avoiding approaches and decisions that lead to division that lead to division and disharmony. A commitment by the organisation through oneness of mind and action of achieving its vision would be the expression of kotahitanga.
All are encouraged to make their contribution, to have their say. The collective would then determine what is best and appropriate for the organisation.


• Keeping people informed and in the loop. 

• Providing for contributions from all staff and members to decision-making processes. 

• Prioritising the development of unity within the organization 

• Discouraging division between staff and members 

• Major research projects are conducted across all disciplines.



Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Whakataetae

Thank you to everyone who entered our Te Wiki o te Reo Māori competition, we have had a flood of entries this year. The competition is now closed and the winners will be drawn live from the BCO operations facebook page by Erana Rattray at 10am on the 7th October 2021. Announcements will be made on the Playcentre website, Facebook page and in the Bulletin.