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Pukeatua Kindergarten - Our team

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Address 21 Frederick Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014

Phone 04 920 9816
Mobile 027 450 0123

Email pukeatua@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group size 40

Session Times
Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 2.30 pm



Head Teacher:

Hannah Cartmell Wise

Teaching Team:


Relieving Teacher:

Sharda Sejwal

Evelyn O'Brien

Kallie Barrett

Administrator/Teacher Support: Nathalie McCarthy

Hannah, Sharda, Evelyn, Kallie and administrator/teacher support Nathalie encourage families to see their kindergarten as a place where the whole whanau can feel supported and at home.
They understand the pressures parents face, and work in partnership with them to care for and educate their children - sometimes taking a younger sibling, so parents can work or study during the extended hours that Pukeatua is open.


Our children enjoy a multi-cultural environment, with Te Reo and English spoken with equal ease. Our teachers encourage all the children to eat together at morning tea and lunch. They appreciate the opportunity this brings for chats about healthy eating, social skills and promoting a sense of family.

Our Vision

(This is our "wawata" - our dream or aspiration for our kindergarten)

We want to be able to offer a supportive environment for families and children. Having whanau places available within our roll for siblings to attend kindergarten together.

We want to grow our spoken te reo as teachers to compliment our tamariki in their thinking and expression.


We want to gain strong foundations in understanding Te Ao Maori with a view to learn, teach and support each other.


We want to acknowledge each child for their identity and provide experiences that are familiar while celebrating our differences.

Our Philosophy

We believe that building positive and respectful relationships with families,
children and colleagues provides a safe and fun learning environment.


Equitable learning opportunities, involves empowering families through partnership and the provision of learning experiences that reflects the child’s and families’ cultural heritage and values.


We believe empowerment is reflecting and owning outcomes, respecting other points of view, standing up, being strong and confident. Learning is a powerful journey that strengthens the voice and choice of the individual and the group.


We believe in moving children forward in a systematic approach. We respect the importance of a child’s spontaneity and their learning that occurs through play.
Tikanga & Te reo Maori are Taonga, that are at the forefront of relationships with people, processes and practices.


Learning should be purposeful and fun, for the child and whanau with what the child, whanau, and teacher bring to the kindergarten.