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‘Tuhura’ means to explore; here in the Tuhura room, we view all tamariki as active explorers, ready to learn and acquire new skills as they explore the environment around them. We strive to inspire children to be curious learners and learn through play as we provide an environment that lends itself as the third teacher. This helps to spark new interests, ideas and allows children to acquire new skills and take risks.

Our team of teachers come from a range of different backgrounds and bring with them special skills, strengths and passions that are incorporated into our curriculum. We pride ourselves on having respectful, reciprocal, and supportive relationships with our tamariki and whānau. We value their input and encourage family involvement within the centre. Being in a culturally diverse community, we love to celebrate the different cultures around us and these are welcomed and embedded into our program.


School readiness and fostering children’s independence, self-care, and developing social competence are at the forefront of what we strive to provide our children with when they graduate from the Tuhura room. We believe that the skills we can equip children within their early years will help them transition to school and shape their later learning in life.

A Day in the Life


Jess Smith


Started: 2012

"I am passionate about teaching to support children to succeed and grow to their own potential and interests. I enjoy building strong relationships with the tamariki and their whanau and believe these relationships to be valuable and important. "

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