Nature is our home.
As you walk through our beautifully designed gate, down the meandering paths, your family enters the magic of our wilderness area “Ngaherenui”. Native plantings, logs, rocks and a stream have been carefully planned for your child to explore in. This area has been set aside where children can connect with nature and Papatuanuku. Promoting children’s respectful play with the natural world, Ngaherenui opens up a dialogue for children and nature, in a nature rich environment. We see ourselves as the guardians of the land, Kaitiakitanga. Nature and especially Ngaherenui is our home, feeling the vibration of the earth, engaging our senses with earth, plants, logs, rocks, mud and water.
Ngaherenui has a whare where we host Matariki celebrations, candles are lit, children sing waiata, a bonfire is sparked up and marshmellows are toasted. Ngaherenui has become like a marae to us. Both centres come together with our whānau for gatherings and celebrations: whānaungatanga at its best. We create opportunities to build connections, fun times and nurture great relationships. These events are a wonderful way for our families to get to know each other and building a sense of community.
We provide our children with this beautiful space to explore and play in, but the deeper feelings we want to impart onto children is the touch of the land, feel the pulse of Papatuanuku, respecting nature and most importantly respecting our planet. Connecting the child’s heart with the Earth’s heart and providing moments of joy in our natural world. Children can engage in adventurous play, making huts with their friends, damming streams, or feeling the wind through their hair on the flying fox. Here we watch the beauty of changing seasons, and engage all our senses.