Niu Early Learning Centre
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
221 Woodham Road, Linwood North School,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Stephanie Olliver
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Jessica Bazzarelli
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Lineti Punivai
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Uta Soise
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Makeleta Mohi
Bachelor of Education
Latu Filiai
Tongan Diploma of Education (Primary)

Our Education Service Manager, or ESM, is an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, she is on site regularly to observe our programme, give us feedback and professional support, and encourage us toward continuous educational improvement. Please feel free to talk with her about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience..


Our ESM is Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00

We are able to talk to parents and caregivers most of the time, so please make an appointment if you'd like to do this. EMAIL US HERE

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Tēnā koutou katoa, Mālō e lelei, Talofa lava, Kia orana, Bula vikana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Mālō ni, Mauri and Hello to you all.


The word ‘Niu’ refers to the coconut tree, and the coconut itself is often referred to as the ‘tree of life’.

Kidsfirst Niu Early Learning Centre places a strong emphasis on maintaining our Tongan identity, language and culture and values here in Christchurch, under the guidance, support and ownership of our umbrella organisation of Kidsfirst Kindergartens.

We believe in celebrating and honouring other Pasifika nations and value and nurture the diverse cultures within our service. Kidsfirst Niu ELC honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi through tikanga practices and the use of Te Reo.



The curriculum offered to the children is based on Te Whariki (1996) Early Childhood Curriculum and the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017. We believe in providing a safe and supportive learning environment, with high quality care and an educational programme that nurtures and respects each child’s well-being, sense of belonging, interests, strengths and capabilities.

Our service will provide the children with opportunities to have fun, while learning the necessary skills which will empower, develop confidence and encourage the children to become lifelong learners.


The teaching team believe in using the “talanoa” approach to communicate effectively and building positive partnerships with our kainga, famili and the community. The teaching team will maintain a high level of professionalism within the service, and work in unity and model our cultural values in a respectful and responsive way.


School days and hours:

Monday to Friday

9am to 3pm

We do offer morning session 9am-12pm and an afternoon session 12pm-3pm for under 2 years old.


What to bring:

  • Please write your child’s name on all their belongings
  • Healthy Lunch boxes. We collect fruits from lunch box and cut up to share for morning and afternoontea.  We can heat up food if require.
  • A change of clothes
  • If necessary provide daily nappies and baby wipes
  • Sun hat and sun screen – Summer
  • Jacket and warm clothes – Winter

On each child 5th birthday, we do cerebrate in recognition of their early childhood learning and wish them good luck with the next chapter of their academic journey.

Open invitation:

We welcome you to stay and spend time with your child to enjoy seeing how and what your child is learning here at Kidsfirst Niu.


For more information please contact our Head Teacher Stephanie Olliver on 03 3898462, email niu@kidsfirst.org.nz.

Malo e lava mai - welcome


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