Establishing a certificated puna kōhungahunga (Māori language playgroup)

"Te piko o te māhuri Tera te tipu o te rakau - The bow in the branch is indicative of how the tree will grow."

'Establishing a Certificated Puna Kōhungahunga' is a guide for whānau who want to set up a puna kōhungahunga.

Ministry of Education staff are available to work with whānau to set up a puna kōhungahunga and to get certification. Their focus is on quality early childhood education programmes for children.

If you are interested in setting up a certificated puna kōhungahunga contact your local Ministry of Education office. 

Māori language glossary

Kaiako

Teacher.

Kōhanga reo

Māori language early childhood centres which come under the umbrella of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

Matua

Parent or father.

Mātua

Parents.

Papa kāinga

Residential area located around or in close proximity to the marae.

Tangata whenua

Indigenous people of the land.

Tamaiti/Tamariki

Child/children.

Te reo Māori

The Māori language.

Tikanga

Customary practices.

Whānau

Family.