Utu Nui and Rangatira are lucky enough to have an incredible and huge under cover outdoor area as well as a beautiful sandpit and climbing area filled with sunshine.

Our space is so big, it enables us to have bikes, running, obstacles courses, balls, a climbing wall and lots of opportunity for gross motor skill play across a big area. And to make this safe, we have movable fences that we are able to position in different ways to respond to the needs and direction of play for our tamariki.

Not everyone wants to burn energy at a high rate outside. Sometimes, tamariki just want to do their quiet activities outside too. Our space also enables us to have areas for construction, carpentry, arts and crafts, a role play area, and to have puzzles and games outside too.


We have chosen the pikorua - triple twist to represent our outdoor area. This extends on the thinking behind the double twist of the Utu Nui room and welcomes another twist in the joining of cultures and the bonding of friendship for life. We liked how the concept of two shoots growing and twisting together represented our Utu Nui and Rangatira rooms coming together and forming friendships across groups.

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This is what we may expect our Butterflies to be able to do:

Social & Emotional

  • Show affection for friends
  • Turn taking
  • Understand the idea of “mine”, “his” and “hers”
  • Show a wide range of emotions (happy, angry, sad etc)
  • Self-help skills

  • Language/Communication

  • Follow instructions
  • Can name most of the familiar things
  • Understand words like “in”, “on” and “under”
  • Say their first name, knows their friends’ and teacher’s names
  • Carry on conversations using 2 or 3 sentences
  • Sing various songs

  • Cognitive(learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Play make-believe with dolls, animals and people
  • Work successfully on puzzles and connecting games
  • Turn book pages one at a time
  • Able to hold a crayon, pencil, paint brush to draw and scribble

  • Movement/Physical Development

  • Climb well (may need supervision when needed)
  • Run easily
  • Dance to the beat of the music
  • Able to sit as part of a group

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