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About us

Te Hītori


Ngaio Te Kōhanga Reo (often called Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngaio) is situated in the suburb of Ngaio, in the Tarikaka Street Railway Settlement, Te-Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). The property was initially leased from New Zealand Railways, with the purchase of the property taking place in September 1989. The Kōhanga has been operating in this area since 1983, initially from local whānau homes and then from Ngaio School before moving to the present location (58 Tarikaka Street) in 1984. The property has since been paid off as of the beginning of 1997, and is now freehold.

Ngaio Te Kōhanga Reo Trust has a charitable, non-profit status. Throughout the 1990’s, whānau of Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngaio have steadily built up the reputation of the Kōhanga which has resulted in increased services and longer hours of operation.

In 1998 the whānau initiated the first stage of a three-stage renovation plan toward upgrading the facilities to enhance the learning environment and to increase quality standards. This concluded with the extension of the building in 2004 to accommodate more tamariki, and the recent re-development of the back section. Local community groups have supported Kōhanga initiatives over the years, which have enabled our Kōhanga to become an established and respected part of the Ngaio community. One aim of the Kōhanga is to meet a vital need within the community in terms of offering the only immersion Māori early childhood education option.

Rapunga whakaaro


A key aim of Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngaio is to provide high quality care in a positive learning environment for tamariki within a kaupapa Māori framework, based on tikanga Māori i roto i te reo Māori. Whānau believe this can be achieved through:

  • Co-operative teamwork and consensus in all decision-making within Kōhanga whānau;
  • Commitment and input from all whānau involved to support whānau kaupapa;
  • Positive working conditions and relationships for kaimahi;
  • Having experienced and motivated kaimahi;
  • Having an excellent curriculum based on Te Whariki and Te Korowai guidelines for meeting the holistic needs of our tamariki;
  • Providing a stimulating environment and quality equipment designed to promote learning;
  • Establishing good communication networks within the whānau, with various support groups and the wider community;
  • Providing opportunities for further training and development for kaimahi and whānau.

All whānau play an active role in the running of our kōhanga. This involves being an active member of an ohu (committee) and attending monthly hui whānau.

Ngā kaimahi

Our staff



Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki

Head Teacher / Babies (under 2yr)



Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Teacher / 2-3yr Group




Teacher / 3-4yr Group




Teacher / 4-5yr Group


Gina Moke

Te Whānau a Apanui

Teacher Aide



Ngāti Porou


Whiwhinga mahi

Employment opportunities

We employ full-time, part-time and casual staff. If you are a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori with experience or an interest in working in kōhanga, we invite you to send in your CV.

We are currently looking for Kairīwhi (Relievers).