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Maungaraki Kindergarten - Our team

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Address 1a Holly Grove, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt 5010
Phone 04 570 1027
Mobile 027 450 0063
Email maungaraki@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group Size 40 max

Session Times

Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 2.30 pm


Head Teacher Sheryl Henderson

Teaching Team

Alpana Sharma

Cim Gatherer

Michelle Hobbis

Administrator Laure Lowrey


Teachers Sheryl, Alpana, Cim, Michelle and Administrator Laure, have had over 25 years input into Maungaraki Kindergarten and unanimously agree the best thing about our kindergarten is – COMMUNITY! They enjoy building relationships with parents, whanau, our active parent committee, and the wider community, and see the benefits of this in our children.


Our teachers have varied passions they share with the children – music and dancing, carpentry, discovering the world, finding answers through books, and imaginative play. They particularly like giving physical challenges in an outdoor setting, to encourage confidence and gross motor skills. They love being teachers and letting the children lead their own play.

Our Vision

(This is our "wawata" - our dream or aspiration for our kindergarten)
We want Maungaraki kindergarten to be a well-resourced, eco-friendly, and welcoming environment that is at the centre of early year’s education for our community. A place where children experience (are immersed in) a positive learning environment that reflects the biculturalism of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and they can become competent life long learners.

Our Philosophy

Our place is your place
to make choices,
be curious,
and explore
in a safe learning
supported by
nurturing teachers
and whanau,
celebrating friendship
and fun.