Contact Us

Phone:  09 528 75 22
Address: 26A Farringdon Street,
Glen Innes, Auckland 1071
New Zealand
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Our beginnings and our existence is dedicated to Ruapotaka Māori Women’s Welfare League (MWWL).  In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s this branch became concerned at the decline of  Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and supported local initiatives in kindergarten, play centre and day care centres to include  Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga within their teaching practises.  With the establishment of Tira Hou Marae Kōhanga Reo, Ōrākei Marae Kōhanga Reo and Maungarei Kōhanga Reo,  Ruapōtaka Māori Women’s Welfare League formulated a plan to set up a kōhanga reo in the Glen Innes area.  The kuia of  Ruapōtaka Māori Women’s Welfare League, Mā Taimana, gave the  responsibility of establishing a kōhanga reo to her son, Maurice Taimana, past principal of Baird’s Intermediate and her daughter Connie Burgoyne, manager of their whānau trust, Kia Tutuki Trust.  In 1991, Kia Tutuki Trust called together the local community to gauge the initiative of the Ruapōtaka MWWL to set up a kōhanga reo.  Ruapōtaka MWWL decided to name the kōhanga reo after Puau Te Moananui a Kiwa Kopua, a member of Ruapōtaka MWWL and a Māori Health officer, because of her desire to set up a  kōhanga reo in Glen Innes.  Sadly, after a long term illness, Puau passed away on the 15th March 1990.



Te Kōhanga Reo o Puau Te Moananui a Kiwa was opened in February 1991 at the old Tāmaki Girl’s College, Elstree Avenue, Glen Innes.  Due to the imminent sale of the old Tāmaki Girl’s College, by Ministry of Education (M.O.E), the kōhanga reo were forced to shift to Glen Innes Intermediate, 26A Farringdon Street on 3rd April 1993, at the invitation of Maurice McCarthy the principal of Glen Innes Intermediate.

1991 – 1993

  • Opened February 1991 at the Old Tāmaki Girls College, Elstree Avenue, Glen Innes.

  • Ruapotaka Māori Women’s Welfare League and the Taimana Whānau, through Kia Tutuki Trust, were instrumental in our establishment.

  • Ngā Tūpuna: Puau Te Moananui a Kiwa Kopua, Mā Taimana, her son Maurice Taimana.

  • We were first licensed for forty tamariki.

  • Our staff consisted of two kaiako, two kaiāwhina and a number of voluntary whānau helpers.



1993 – 1996

  • On 3rd April 1993 we shifted to our new premises at Glen Innes Intermediate, 26A Farringdon Street, Glen Innes because the Old Tāmaki Girl’s College was sold by M.O.E  to Ngāti Whātua.

  • Our roll increased to sixty eight tamariki, our Early Childcare Licenses to two, and staff numbers to nine.

  • In March 1995 a Feasibility Study was untaken to cater to the need for childcare for babies under 2 years old.



1996 – 1999

  • 1996 Education Office Report

  • 1998 Education Office Report

  • Building of a new whare began in April 1996 which opened on October 1996.

  • Our Early Childcare Licenses to three.  Kōhungahunga (3–5yrs), Piripoho (2-3 yrs) & Kōngahungahu (9mths–2 yrs)

  • Staff numbers increased to fourteen

  • Participated in the Manu Ariki Kapa Haka National Competitions, Taumaranui.  National winners in 1995, 1996, & 1997.  Second place in 1999.



1999 – 2002

  • Established a fulltime Whare Whakapakari Course for whānau.

  • Hosted the Prince and Princess of Belgium - 25th November 2004

  • Participation Contract with M.O.E to increase Māori Early Childhood attendance at kōhanga reo.

  • Drivers Licensing Courses for whānau were administered from 1999 to 2002.

  • Attended 20 year Celebration of Kōhanga Reo – 14 November 2002

  • December 2002. Initial consultation with Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, CEO, TKR National Trust, regarding Centres of  Innovation (COI)



2003 - 2006

  • Education Office Report: 24 /02 to 26/02.  We were told in their first Draft Report that we didn’t need E.R.O. because we were always self-evaluating and complying with E.R.O. requirements.

  • The establishment of a Transitional Class for the 4 year olds going to kura kaupapa māori

  • Started negotiation with M.O.E to build a new kōhanga reo alongside of the new kura kaupapa.

  • February 2003.  Started Three Year Centres of Innovation Project.  We were one of six early childcare centres, from throughout Aotearoa, involved in the first round. 

  • Attended over 200 COI hui & wānanga

  • Undertook the research, writing and reportage of COI findings.

  • March 2006.  Completed COI Project 

  • 14 July 2006.  First Redevelopment Hui

  • Hui with  M.O.E throughout 2006 & 2007 to discuss the building of a new kohanga reo



2007- 2008

  • 19 February 2007. Established Manaakitia Te Ara Puawai Māori Women’s Welfare League Branch, at our kōhanga reo, for TKR whānau, Whare Kura, Kura Kaupapa, Tāmaki College students and the local community.

  • 6 March 2007. Received a letter from M.O.E. cancelling our relocation.  

  • 9-11 May 2008 Haerenga to Tauranga Moana




  • 6 June 09.  Korowaitanga.  Whakapakari Tohu presented to Nanny Lillian Hira & Matiu Tarawa.  Te Ara Tuatahi presented to Mere Austin, Te Ara Hiko Tohu presented to Akinihi Austin



2010 – 2011

  • Kaimahi development.

  • Nita Kohu & Anahera Simon started Whakapakari Training

  • Hinemoa Kanuta, Evelyn Davis, TK Kohu graduated from Te Ara Tuatahi in 2011

  • Attended a number of TKR National Trust Wānanga.



  • Jan - Applied for targeted participation funding (TAP)

  • Sept - TAP Funding approved

  • Nov - KKMOPTMAK Board of Trustees chairman signed agreement for new TKR to be built


  • June - Final plan for new TKR building approved. Mere Austin organised all resources for our new kohanga reo

  • Redevelopment of Whare Kura started. Our kohanga lost a substantial amount of funding due to unforeseen circumstances that were not taken into consideration.

  • TKR National Trust sign off TAP Agreement.

  • October 20th - Whakanoa i Te Whenua (Blessing of the Land)

  • December 11th - Whakapoua i Te Kohatu Tuuaapapa. (Placing taonga in the whenua)



  • Feb - started building our new kohanga reo.

  • May - Building Consent approved.


  • October 8th - Hurahanga tohu hou o Te Koohanga reo (Unveiling of the new koohanga sign)

  • Oct 9th - Opening of our new kohanga reo. 


  • December 5 - 10th - Haerenga ki Tai Tokerau


  • Extended Certificate for Public Use (CPU)


The M.W.W.L. has played an active and supportive role amongst our whānau through:​

  • Whānau Toko i Te Ora Programmes

  • Immunisation Programmes                

  • Hauora Programmes

  •  Manaakitia Te Ara Puawai Māori Women’s Welfare League Branch was established by our whānau in 2007.

  • There are Honorary Male Members

  • Many activities are undertaken to support our Junior Members who are from our Kura Kaupapa Māori O Puau te Moananui a Kiwa and our local Tāmaki  College.

  • Senior and Junior Members attend the M.W.W.L National Conference held each year.

  • Courses for Senior and Junior have included; Grooming Course undertaken by  Smitten Personal Image Consultants on; How to build a basic wardrobe, Grooming basics for women, How to dress for success, The Job Interview, CV Preparation, Create a new you and Shopping guidelines.