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Epuni Kindergarten - Our team

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Address 48a Durham Crescent, Epuni, Lower Hutt 5011

Phone 04 920 9814

Mobile 027 450 0127

Email epuni@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group size 40 max

Session Times

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 2.30pm


Head Teacher: Aliesha Russell



Roena Rogers

Jo Culhane

Liz Fifita

Teacher Support/Administrator: Anita Quin



Aliesha, Roena, Jo and Anita use lots of visuals in the kindergarten to promote literacy and independence. Puzzles and games are stored in trays with a picture on the front, so children can self-direct their play. In fact learning starts before you even get to the gate, with our long drive featuring the alphabet and numbers for children to learn to recognise from day one.


Outside, our children enjoy the sandpit and the wide, open spaces for trollies and other active play.


Parents are encouraged to join our committee and be actively involved at Epuni. The kindergarten’s vision and values are displayed for parents, to help foster a partnership between kindy and home.

Our Vision

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

For children, whanau, families and teachers to be partners in a learning community that empowers children to build on their existing knowledge through learning that recognizes and respects the value and mana of people, places, and things.

Ko koe ki tena kiwai, ko au ki tenei kiwai, o te kete
You carry your handle and I’ll carry my handle of the kete

Our kindergarten will be a centre where reciprocal, respectful and caring relationships with all of our community members is viewed as a foundation for realising each child’s learning potential, it’s day to day operation and future kindergarten development.

Our Philosophy

Our teaching philosophy is guided by the aspirations in Te Whariki for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.