Kawerongo Newsletter 13 2022

Te Rōhutu Whio 22nd August 2022

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Kia ora e te whānau!

I missed you all at the gate last wiki. I was in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland learning with Te Akatea Māori Principals. This included a large amount of mahi about implementing the new curriculum and sharing ideas with other principals. I had the pleasure of kōrero with Linda Munn, an artist and designer of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag and look forward to bringing some of her original art back to Ōtautahi to hang at Te Rōhutu Whio

What great turn out we had our mihi whakatau. It was fantastic to see so many of you there!

Our tamariki have had a great start to the term with a focus on Manaakitanga - looking after ourselves and others. Your tamariki have had the opportunity to join different scientific workshops around the living world - from making kombucha to studying the life of bees.

Kia pai te rā. Enjoy your day.

Kate Morgan

Kaihautū Principal

Te Taumutu Plant-out Day

Te Rōhutu Whio was invited by Te Taumutu Rūnanga to engage with Whakaora Te Waikēkēwai, a five year project that will restore a whole catchment along Te Waikēkēwai, which flows into Te Waihora. The project will result in an improvement to water quality, mahinga kai and indigenous biodiversity.

The Kids Discovery Plant-out programme is an opportunity for ākonga learners to take action to plant habitat for wildlife. Te Ara Kākāriki works alongside public and private landowners in Selwyn District to find opportunities for tamariki to engage with natural spaces.

Our ākonga in Te Korowhio (Hākui Sammy) and Te Pakiaka (Whaea Olivia, Matua Steve and Hākui Cara) headed out to Ngāti Moki marae at Taumutu on Tūrei Tuesday 9th August to participate in this amazing opportunity.

Our tamariki had a fantastic day working and learning with the project crew at Taumutu. They learned about some of the invertebrates living in the awa river, learned about and planted natives, and alsotried some simple weaving with harakeke flax.

Ngā mihi ki te whānau thanks to our wonderful whānau who joined us for the day and supported the kaupapa purpose of the day. We can't do these things without you!

Some of our tamariki have been constructing Aotearoa landmarks...

Can you guess which ones they are?

Hākui Cindy - Interviewed by Sophia and Sharlae

WHANAUNGATANGA: each newsletter we will interview a kaimahi staff member so that you can get to know them!

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

  • Hākui Cindy. Cindy Nielsen

What is your favourite thing about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • The people - everyone here lives our values and loves to learn.

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend?

  • Spending time with friends and family

What is your favourite food?

  • Bagels because I can put lots of different toppings on them. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate

What do you think tamariki love most about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • I think they love making new friends, and being able to learn about things that they really enjoy

What is your taonga?

  • When I share a taonga I always choose a picture of my nieces and nephews as they are the most precious taonga I have.
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Hākui Becks - Interviewed by Aria Harema

WHANAUNGATANGA: each newsletter we will interview a kaimahi staff member so that you can get to know them!

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?

  • Becks

What is your favourite thing about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • The people here. All of the tamariki, and the kaimahi!

What do you enjoy doing on the weekend?

  • Exploring new places and seeing new things.
  • I love hanging out with friends.

What is your favourite food?

  • I love anything savoury!

What do you think tamariki love most about being at Te Rōhutu Whio?

  • I think they love learning from and with others.

What is your taonga?

  • My special treasure is my whānau family.
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Friends of Te Rōhutu Whio

The Friends of Te Rōhutu Whio group have set up a whānau page on Facebook for sharing information, selling second-hand uniform, managing lost property etc.. If you'd like to be part of this, please follow this link to join.

School Donations

At Te Rōhutu Whio, we operate a cash free system. All school payments and donations can be made online through myKindo. This is also available as an app on all Apple or Android devices. If you would like assistance setting this up or making payment, please see below or visit Becks in the Tari Office.


We are excited to let you know that our Kindo School shop is now open.

All your school payments can be made in one place….with your myKindo account.

This includes ezlunch, as well as personalised accounts for school donations and activity fees.

New users

New users can set up a myKindo account easily!

Click here to register & create an account. All you need is the email address the school has on file for you.

Existing users

Already have an ezlunch or myKindo account?

If you have an account, you can log in here, and use the my details page to update your details.


There are a number of ways you can choose to top-up your account, and this can be done at the checkout, or by selecting the ‘top up account’ option at any time.

POLi No fees. Instant transfer. **RECOMMENDED**

Credit/Debit Card 50 cent charge + 2.5% fee. Instant transfer.

Visa / MasterCard / American Express and China UnionPay available.

Bank Transfer No fees. Allow 2 days for processing.


There are TWO types of transactions you will be able to make using myKindo: paying personalised payment requests for your students and purchasing optional items.

Personalised payment requests will appear at the top of your screen under your student’s name. (Coming soon).

Pay the full amount by clicking ‘+’ next to the item or make a part payment, by changing the amount before clicking the ‘+’ (if available).

There are also the Kindo shop/optional items.

Click on your child’s initial next to an optional item to add to your cart.

Once you have made all your purchases click on the Checkout option to complete your transaction.

If you have sufficient funds, then simply click Place Order at the checkout and you’re done!

If you have insufficient funds, you will be able to top-up before completing your purchase.

Your order will automatically go through to the school, or lunch supplier, and you will receive an email receipt confirming your top-up and/or purchase!

mykindo App

mykindo app is also available to download for both android and iPhone.

Need assistance? Our Kindo helpdesk is open 8am to 4pm weekdays.

Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636) Email: hello@mykindo.co.nz

Online support: support.mykindo.co.nz


We have had an increase in the number of missing uniform items and those found without a name. Please ensure you are naming all uniform items, so we can return these to the right owner. We also encourage you to check the items you have at home and kindly ask you to return any that may have been taken home in error.


If you, or anyone you know, have a child who will be starting at Te Rōhutu Whio either this year or next year, can you please fill in the enrolment form on our website. This helps us with planning for our future growth.


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Lunch Orders at Te Rōhutu Whio

Lunch orders are available for ākonga learners at Te Rōhutu Whio on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Subway - order by 9:00am Tuesday

Sushi Factory- order by 9:00am Wednesday

Pita Pita - order by 9:00am Friday

Visit www.ezlunch.co.nz to order or sign up as a new account

Wātaka Calendar

  • Kanohi ki te kanohi personalised learning meetings - 30th September 2022
  • Term 3 Ends - Friday 30th September 2022
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Celebrate Dads this Father's Day!

Whether it's a Dad, Uncle, Grandad or Poppa in your life, make them feel extra special this Father's Day with our ezlunch giveaway. Every lunch order gets you a chance to win one of two $50 'Not Socks' vouchers.

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 22 August - Friday 2 September to be in the draw to WIN!

Two vouchers, two winners!

The winners will be drawn on Friday 2 September and notified by email.

Go to www.mykindo.co.nz to start ordering.

Community Notices

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Singing Stars Selwyn

Singing and piano lessons are available at Te Rōhutu Whio

Group singing - $11.50 for a 30 minute session

Individual singing - $19.50 per 30 minute private tuition

Piano lessons - $18.50 per 20 minute private tuition

For further information or registration, please contact Jacqui Soper, Singing Stars Selwyn