Te Puna Kohungahunga is open 8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and can be found on the Epsom Campus of the University of Auckland.


We would like our mokopuna to:
  • Be exposed to quality te reo Maori
  • Have an understanding and able to participate in nga tikanga Maori
  • Foster Manaaki - respectful relationships
  • Foster Tuakana/teina relationships where they can look after each other
  • Mana tengata - be able to stand confidently in both worlds (as New Zealand is a bicultural nation)
  • Have pride in who they are - know their identity
  • Have respect for the environment
  • Love and feel valued and special
  • Have a feeling of belonging - this is their place
  • Have good self esteem, and self confidence
  • A desire to learn


If you are interested in TPK's ERO Report, it can be found Here.

For more information about how TPK is run, please check out TPK's Policy Section or Contact Us for more information!

TPK's teaching practice will reflect:
  • Tikanga
  • A well resourced centre
  • Positive interactions with mokopuna and whanau.
  • Capture and enjoy the teachable moments but also allow the mokopuna to determine their own learning.
  • Child-initiated learning
  • Educators that are resourceful
  • Build on strengths of the mokopuna
  • An environment that reflects Maori tikanga - use of art, designs, language, print, kupu-rich, natural materials, an atmosphere of whanaungatanga.

Our Kaiako
Ko Tararua nga maunga
Ko Waikawa te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Wehiwehi te marae
Ko Ngati Wehiwehi, ko Ngati Tukorehe, ratou ko Ngati Rangitawhia oku iwi
Ko Marshall Miles raua ko Ruby Bevan oku tipuna
Ko John Sweetman raua ko Elaine Miles oku matua
Ko Bill Liley taku hoa tane
Ko Jack raua ko Saxon a raua tamariki
Ko Karen Liley ahau



Ko Tapeu te Maunga
Ko Avetele te Awa
Ko Tuapa/Alofi te Marae
No Nuie ahau
Ko Whaea Lovey taku ingoa

Lovey has a Diploma in Early Childhood and have been working in the field for eight years now. She has a beautiful son, Maino who used to attend TPK, and daughter Tylah. Lovey is very passionate about working as a team with the staff as this ensures a peaceful wairua when the children enter the Centre. She is still learning Te Reo Maori and currently takes Kura Po classes to enhance her knowledge and learning of this beautiful language.

Ko Hukirangi ki Te Urewera te Maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Tama-ki Hukurangi te Marae
Ko Patuheuheu te Hapu
Ko Ngai Tuhoe te Iwi
Ko Mata-atua te Waka
Ko Des McCauley ahau

E nga mana, e nga reo , e nga pataka tuku iho a kui ma koro ma, tena koutou katoa. Tena hoki tatou i o tatou mate e noho mai ra, e noho atu ra i nga marae maha o o matua tupuna. Me mihihia ratou, me tangihia ratou hoi ano me wheturangitia ratou ki te aka o te rangi, ano matou te hunga ora e tiaki te aka o te whenua. No reira tena koutou katoa.

Ki te taha o toku Mama.
Ko Rakaumangamanga te maunga.
Ko Waitui te awa.
Ko Ipipiri te moana.
Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua te waka.
Ko Te Rawhiti te marae.
Ko Ngati Kuta, ko Patukeha nga hapu.
Ko Nga Puhi te iwi.
Ko Henry Heta raua ko Hariruatanga Hetaraka oku koroua.
Ko Maurice Ah Chee raua ko Wairui Hall (nee Heta) oku matua.
Kia ora e te whanau.
Ko Dahleen Ah Chee ahau.

Tokotoru aku teina, kootahi ta matou tungane.
Tokoono aku tamariki.
Ko Asti te matamua.
Ko Vaughn, Tamainu Po, Te Rangi Toa ratou ko Billy (te potiki) aku tama.
Ko Orion (Mihiterina) taku kotiro tuarua.
Ko Mya-Kelly taku mokopuna, ko te whiti o te raa.
Mai i toku hakapapa ki too koutou, ko ngaa puukenga me ngaa paahekoheko.

Mauri Ora!

Ngā Puke ki Hauraki ka tārehua.
E mihi ana ki te whenua.
E tangi ana ki te tangata.
Ko Moehau ki waho.
Ko Te Aroha ki uta.
Ko Tīkapa te moana.
Ko Waikato te awa.
Ko Kotuiti tuarua me Tainui ngā waka.
Ko Kohukohunui me Taupiri ngā maunga.
Ko Makomako rātou ko Wharekawa, ko Pohara, ko Hukanui ngā marae.
Ko Hauraki te whenua.
Ko Marutūahu te tangata.
Ko Hoturoa te rangatira.
Ko Ngāti Paoa ratou ko Ngāti Wairere, ko Ngāti Koroki, ko Ngāti Hako ngā hapu.
Ko Jasmine Castle ahau.


I have successfully achieved a Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland in 2012. I am passionate about the revitalisation of te reo and tikanga Māori. I have two beautiful young boys and together we enjoy quality time with whanau and friends, music, sport and recreation, kapa haka and waka ama. I look forward to establishing strong relationships with the mokopuna and whānau. I am committed to working collectively with my colleagues in developing successful, positive and holistic learning environments and outcomes for our mokopuna. I use the following whakatauki to support my education and personal goals ...


Ko te manu e kai ana te miro ... nōna te ngahere,
Ko te manu e kai ana te matauranga ... nōna te ao.
A bird that consumes the miro ... the forest is theirs,
A bird that consumes knowledge ... the world is theirs.



Ko Taupiri raatou ko Karioi ko Maunganui ngaa maunga.
Ko Waikato te awa.
Ko Kaawhia raaua ko Whaingaroa ngaa moana.
Ko Waikato raatou ko Ngaapuhi ko Te Rarawa ngaa iwi.
Ko Maahanga raatou ko Apakura ko Wairere ngaa hapuu.
Ko Te Papa o Rotu raaua ko Tama te Uaua ngaa tuupuna whare.
Ko Marama Young tooku ingoa.


Ko Tuumanako Kina Taniere taku tama - te tau o taku ate Tokorua aku taonga iramutu - ko Tikirau Kina Totara raaua ko Jazmine Hapimana. He tino kuru pounamu ngaa tamariki katoa. Ko ngaa mokopuna ko ngaa rangatira o te ao hurihuri nei.


Ko ngaa mea nunui ki au nei - te reo rangatira me ona tikanga, ngaa reo maha o te o whaanui nei, te maatauranga, ngaa taketake tangata whenua me te mahi whakauka ki a Papatuuaanuku, Rongomataane me Tangaroa.


Nau mai haere mai ki teenei whaarangi ara, ki Te Puna Koohungahunga hoki.