Te Puna Kōhungahunga

One of the two centres available at the Epsom Campus and one of the University's two Māori medium early centres.

A small yard with outside benches, a tree and a toy truck laying around

Whangaia te manuo te ngahere ki te miro, nana te ngahere
Whangaia te tamaiti ki te matauranga, nona te Ao!

Feed the bird of the forest the miro berry and he will own the forest
Feed the child knowledge and he will own the world

As kaiako of Te Puna Kōhungahunga, we aim to provide a safe, challenging, positive and caring environment. We aim to deliver quality learning experiences that encourage our mokopuna to be active learners using te reo me nga tikanga Māori me nga akoranga o te Ao Whanui, encompassing a holistic approach.

We want our tamariki to:

  • be exposed to quality Te Reo Māori
  • have an understanding and able to participate in nga tikanga Māori
  • foster manaaki - respectful relationships
  • foster Tuākana/teina relationships where they can look after each other
  • mana tangata - 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.
Licensed for children aged 10 months - to 5 years
Opening hours
: 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday

Please note: Te Puna Kōhungahunga is scheduled to close when the Faculty of Education and Social Work relocates to the City Campus at the end of 2023.
Te Puna Kōhungahunga
Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue
Epsom Campus
Children artwork

For more information, contact:

Phone:  +64 9 373 7599 ext: 48837
Direct dial: +64 9 623 8837
Email: tepuna@auckland.ac.nz
Visit Te Puna Kōhungahunga

Nets of children' bridge