Update 16 September 2021

16 September 2021

16 Hepetema 2021

As you will know, this week we are continuing our current alert levels, but in principle, Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 September. The rest of New Zealand will remain in Alert Level 2. Cabinet will review the alert level settings for all of the country next Monday, 20 September.

The staff here at the National Service Centre took part in the ‘Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission’s Māori Language Moment’ for 2021 at 12pm on Tuesday, along with many thousands of other NZers. Early indications are that more than a million people joined in.

We sang waiata ā-ringa (action songs) and had a few laughs, trying to coordinate actions and words. We hope to make this a regular event!

Playcentre Aotearoa would love to see how you celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021 and have put together a competition for you all.

We will have two categories; Whānau and Whānau Tupu Ngātahi.

Winning Whānau – We have opened up the competition to include individual whānau. If your whānau are home due to lock down and can’t connect with your Centre in usual ways, you can still like to participate in the whakataetae!

Winning Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi – If your Centre can organise some way of celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori together you can enter as a Centre. Share photos or videos with a short kōrero about the way your Centre or your Whānau celebrated, promoted and used te reo Māori during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, and be in to win some amazing prizes.

For more entry information and T&C’s click here – Te Whakataetae – Competition | Playcentre

We are excited to announce that Deacon Andrews will be joining the Kaihononga Māori team on Monday. Deacon is based in Auckland and will be supporting the Upper North Island (UNI) region.

Keri Milich, our Pou Hononga Māori, who was previously the Te Ao Māori Field Worker for UNI, has now finished working for Playcentre Aotearoa. We wish Keri well for her future endeavours too. Keri shares a message with us below:

“Tēnā koutou,

Ko te tūmanako, e mihi ana ki āku hoa mahi, me ngā whānau i raro i te ahuatanga o te wā.  Ahakoa, he mihi poto, ko te mea tika ka whakakapi tēnei wāhanga ō tōkū huarahi i Playcentre i roto i te reo, 

i rarō i ngā pou o te pono, te tika me te manaakitanga. 

He rā whakamutunga tēnei, erangi e haere tonu ana te mahi mātauranga mō tā mātou whānau. 

Noho ora mai, 


To my colleages and Playcentre whānau, I am guided by the values of aroha, pono, tika and manaakitanga as I send this farewell message to you all.  As I close this chapter of my work journey, I encourage you to continue the important work you do at Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi, in supporting tamariki and whānau to grow and learn together.  I also wish you the best in your journey to achieve the Playcentre vision to embed Te Ao Māori into the fabric of Playcentre. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. 
Ngā mihi
Keri Milich

Tomorrow is the last working day for the UNI Regional Manager, Anna Fleet. After many years of involvement with Playcentre, Anna is spreading her wings  and we wish her well in her new role.

A reminder that the Ministry has a lot of distance learning materials available to you. Feel free to browse the resources that have been selected by the Ministry of Education or offered by providers to support learning during an emergency event.

The Virtual Village is included in here with it’s resources to keep younger tamariki entertained at home.

Included in the resources are:

  • Māori play resources
  • Recipes for play
  • Education resources – play insights
  • Previous Playcentre journals
  • Play resources from centres
  • Resources for parents and caregivers (including advice from Nathan Wallis)

Mā te wā