The official opening of our newly renovated kindergarten was held on 7 April. The kaupapa of the evening was to celebrate 50 years of operation, the opening of our brand new facilities and the unveiling of our new name PAPATOETOE NORTH KINDERGARTEN.

It was an excellent turn out. Our Mihi whakatau (official welcoming) was performed by Valerie Teraitua from Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae. Regan Tamihere (head teacher- Tracey Tamihere’s husband) spoke on behalf of manuhiri.

The building was blessed because we go forth from this day forward as Papatoetoe north  Kindergarten. Tracey Tamihere (head teacher) and Tanya Harvey spoke too.

We had karakia kai followed by kai provided by the kindergarten and whanau/ community. After kai, items were performed by ex students and whanau.

There was entertainment, music, face painting, bouncy castle and LOTS of food. It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all.