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, and see what some of our parents have to say here!

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.

Mangawhai Playgroup LogoMangawhai Playgroups, situated at the Rose Madsen Cottage in The Domain, offers a wonderful range of support services to young families in the community. With the exception of the contracted Plunket Nurse hours, all support services are volunteer-operated and funded through community fundraising. Monies raised from the annual Garden Ramble contribute to general operational expenses of the Cottage and some important capital improvements over the years (most recently a brand new heat pump!), 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 popular playgroups have increased in size in the past 2 years, highlighting the importance and necessity of having somewhere safe, relaxed, educational and supportive for young families to meet and socialise each week, and 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.

Here’s what some of the parents have to say:

It feels like the kindy is part of my family and it has great facilities!

CaraMangawhai Kindergarten members

I joined Thursday playgroup when my first child was 3 months old, 5 years down, and 2 other kids, we’re still coming along! Having this playgroup has been so important to my family , as I could listen to the advice of experienced mothers and feel a sense of belonging to the community. The friends I made there will be ones for life! I have enjoyed my time volunteering with playgroups. Motherhood certainly has its rough patches, and in those times, having somewhere to be where you can relax and talk through it, is crucial to your sanity!

Anna KingiMangawhai Playgroup + Puna Reo playgroup members

We love the playgroups.  As members of Te Puna, it is great seeing how kids, mums, dads and whānau have fun learning together in a relaxed and very welcoming environment. My daughter loves the waiata and it’s amazing just how quickly she picks up on new words. We are so lucky to have this group available in Mangawhai!

Kelly BlaineyMangawhai Playgroup + Puna Reo playgroup members

The playgroup is so important to me and our 2 year old as it has helped us with meeting new people after moving to this town. Our girl learns how to socialise with others her age and the importance of sharing. The kids watch each other and learn by copying. It has helped boost her confidence greatly.

Sandra WichmannMangawhai Playgroup members