koru.jpgWhat Te Kawakawa means to us

Kawakawa symbolises our children’s health and wellbeing. The Kawakawa Tree played a vital role in the Māori world, it was an ever-present symbol throughout life used in many aspects from birth to adulthood.


Protecting and nurturing health and wellbeing includes paying attention to aspects of physical care and physical activity. In Kawakawa, all children have the right to a responsive environment to support their development of self-worth, identity, confidence and enjoyment, together with emotional regulation and selfcontrol.


Children understand their own mana atuatanga – uniqueness and spiritual connectedness

Te Kawakawa Staff
Debbie P
Kia ora,
Ko Debbie toku ingoa, I have been working at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre since 2013. I am really looking forward to continuing teaching in an environment that really values and supports our families and local community. I also have the real pleasure of getting to know amazing children and being able to promote a passion of life-long learning.
Nicky R
Kia ora my name is Nicky. I am married to Andrew and have two children, Sam and Zeke. My boys keep me very busy so I don’t have a lot of spare time. I have a Diploma in Teaching ECE, and I have been at Surrey Park since 1993. Working with children is something I enjoy and I look forward to coming to work every day.
Hello, my name is Petrina and I started working at Surrey Park Early Learning Centre Inc. in 2011. I have worked in the Infant area and am now meeting up with some of those children as they move into Te Whare Waihopai. I have an adult daughter who works fulltime. My interests are travelling and keeping fit.
My name is Jan and I have worked at Surrey Park since 2010. Before working at this centre I worked as a home-based educator of children aged zero to four. I have three adult children, Brendan, Kieran and Anna-Leah, and a grandson Luke.