The Mangawhai Garden Ramble was established in 2003 by a dedicated group of Mums, Kindy staff and other volunteers, to raise funds for both the Mangawhai Kindergarten and Mangawhai Playgroups.

Every single dollar raised by the Mangawhai Garden Ramble goes towards the continued education, health and general support of our young children and their families!

Read below to find out more about these wonderful groups.

Kindergarten, translated as the children’s garden, is a place for young minds to be inspired, to connect and to feel part of a community that values them as life-long learners.

Mangawhai Kindergarten is located adjacent to Mangawhai Beach School and provides high quality early childhood education to the local community. As part of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, we are a not-for-profit organisation and rely heavily on fundraising to maintain an inspiring and well resourced learning environment. We pride ourselves on our large outdoor environment, which is rich in opportunities for children to connect with nature and to take risks and challenge themselves.

All funds raised from the Mangawhai Garden Ramble directly benefit the children who attend Mangawhai Kindergarten, and ensure that our kindergarten remains a highly regarded place of learning within our community.

In 2020 the Kindergarten is organising the Garden Ramble without the playgroups, and though it was a slightly later start than usual for the organising committee because of COVID, it has been full steam ahead ever since.  We look forward to treating gardeners to a bit of delightful relief from a tough year!

Mangawhai Playgroup Logo

Mangawhai Playgroups, situated at the Rose Madsen Cottage in The Domain, offers a wonderful range of support services to young families in the community. Monies raised from the annual Garden Ramble contribute to general operational expenses of the groups and some important capital improvements over the years, as well as help fund weekly playgroups and an array of educational and learning resources (such as books, toys, games, art and craft supplies and playground equipment).

The groups provide a safe, relaxed, educational and supportive space for young families to meet and socialise each week, and help cater to the need to keep up with Mangawhai’s expanding population. The weekly playgroups cater for all ages, from newborn babies to preschoolers, and provide a wonderful opportunity for first time parents, or those new to the area, to meet a network of families with babies/children the same age.

2020 has brought with it a number of challenges which meant unfortunately the playgroups could not rally enough volunteer numbers this year to be a part of the Garden Ramble.  They hope to come back on board next year.