ABC Mahora

Mahora - Girl
Mahora - Exercise
Mahora - drama
Mahora - Bikes
Mahora - rings
Mahora - girl tree
Mahora - Boy book
Mahora - Reading
Mahora - Big Garden
Mahora - Carving
Mahora - Outside
Mahora - Baby Block
Mahora - Baby scarf
Mahora - Baby bib
Mahora - Drums
Mahora - water
Mahora - Volcano
Mahora - 2 in water
Mahora - Girls sandpit
Mahora - writing
Mahora - Pencils
Mahora - Girls
Mahora - Gardening
Mahora - Bottle
Mahora - Boy
Mahora - Crayons
Mahora - Palydough
Mahora - Hat
Mahora - Boys
We are a small childcare centre, located near the Mahora Shopping Centre, Cornwall Park, and close to Mahora School. The Hastings City Centre is nearby, and the local industrial area on our door step.

We have a caring teaching team that brings a wide range of strengths, creating a kete of knowledge that supports children’s wellbeing and  sense of belonging.  Authentic partnerships with whanau and children allow us to grow within a supportive and caring environment where wairua is nurtured, mana is supported and mauri is identified so each child can grow and reach their own potential.

ABC Mahora – nurturing our communities wairua, mana and mauri.  Wairua thrives and children’s mana is embraced to fully grow each child’s mauri to bring in a balance of physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. By supporting and including others into self-love habits, eating well and joining us in physical wellness, the sense of wellbeing is extended to whanau and the wider community.

Wairua - Is a child’s spirit and soul.  We want everyone to feel that this is their place, that they belong and can thrive here. This is nurtured through continuity of teachers, where authentic relationships are developed. We connect to each child by allowing them time to settle, and time to choose their teacher through listening to their inner voice (their heart). We follow children’s natural patterns and give them space to explore and find their place in their centre home. This sense of belonging supports children’s wairua and this is achieved through the care and attention they need to feel secure away from their home.

Mana - Is power and confidence. Children are part of a bigger whanau here and we become part of their extended whanau. The children are encouraged, praised and supported to grow as kind and caring individuals. This is often seen through the tuakana teina concept of learning, where the older sibling nurtures the younger children to succeed. Each child is recognised for what they bring with them, this is their whakapapa, their strengths and their interests. When this is recognised and nurtured, children are extended to the next level of learning.  Here we garden and grow our own vegetables and fruit, we learn to care for things as well as one another and are supported to take risks and for children to see themselves as achievers, embracing and growing their mana.

Mauri - Is life force. Here we nurture mauri by ensuring that the body is physically and socially well and is in a state of balance. We provide delicious home cooked meals, which have received the gold Healthy Heart Award.  We believe that a full belly makes for a content child and a delicious healthy menu supports a child’s mauri and sets them up for a day of learning.

The infant garden reflects nature and is a place where children can connect with Papatuanuku. The Young Children’s Room embraces children in life long skills that support a healthy lifestyle, which sees the children growing fruit, veges and herbs that are utilised in our meals and in process cooking. The garden is large and further supports children’s physical wellbeing, with space to run, jump, hop, skip, spin etc, all foundation skills that are needed for formal learning.

Home, centre and community - Our goal is to nurture the wellbeing of whanau and the local community.  We envision a centre vegie patch where we share our produce with our local community for use at home.  We engage in community walks and giving to great causes out there, such as  Plunket NZ, Breast Cancer Awareness and Mitre 10 Can Teen walks. Exercising together allows us to connect with one another, enhances our social well being and grows our sense of community within the centre.

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ABC Mahora Vision
ABC Mahora Infant Nest

kind words from our parents


Beautiful! and as a new parent joining the centre whanau I see this vision in place.


Beautiful indeed! You guys are such a one of a kind centre. Your creativeness, your acknowledgment of all cultures and I think the fact that you perfect the LOVE/HEART/WHANAU aspect in a way that’s evident on a day to day basis, really sets you apart from every other centre. Two thing really stand out and that’s the LOVE and the absolute PASSION you all have, to be able to achieve what you do on the daily. If there is such a thing as perfection, it’s all you ECE teachers without a doubt. Massive thanks for everything you do.


It was so sad to walk out that door this afternoon, I did hold myself well (until we went to see Becca). I have had a cry this afternoon, remembering all the amazing and wonderful days Cooper has had with you all. You have all played a big part in the Man he will be one day!! All the staff are AMAZING!! You are all beautiful loving people, I couldn’t of asked for more caring ladies to teach Cooper. You all bring something different to the Centre, and its done with a smile! I can’t thank you all enough for caring for my baby!! He is going to miss you all.


I would like to thank you all so much for a super breakfast this morning. Also for being part of Johns” best start” he enjoys his days with everyone there and I am sure he will tell you when he starts getting the words out. It is one of the highlights of my day picking him up each day seeing how happy and content he is and I am sure that has a lot to do with the people looking after him all day. Thank you again.


Bring their vision to life

Our centre vision is ‘ABC Mahora nurturing our communities Wairua, Mana and Mauri.’ Wairua thrives, and children’s mana is embraced to fully grow each child’s Mauri to bring in a balance of physical, emotional and social-wellbeing.

Papatuanuku unveiling and blessing

At ABC Mahora, Papatuanuku is unveiled and our garden receives a blessing….. bringing a state of noa. Thank you to Johan for the blessing you performed today. A big thank you to Beststart for supporting us in our natural garden, where Papatuanuku ca

Healthy Heart birthdays

ABC Mahora have been working hard to gain their Gold Healthy Heart Award. This is the top level achievable, Pā-Harakeke. This means ABC Mahora have woven healthy eating and physical activity practices sustainably into all asp...