West Coast pride.
Hokitika Kindergarten was opened in August 1960 under the Canterbury and Westland Free Kindergarten Association and was first of the Association's kindergartens on the West Coast.
The opening of the West Coast kindy, like many of our kindergartens, was the result of a dedicated and active committee.
Carol Eggleston, former CWFKA President, explains how central these community groups were in setting up kindergarten.
"The advantage that kindergarten had in the early days was that it was just about in every suburb because there'd be this group of dedicated people who'd want a kindergarten. So they'd get together and they'd get this Establishment Committee and they drove this fundraising and work with the Association."
The photo below shows the dedicated group of ladies who's work resulted in the Hokitika Kindergarten. It's their sense of community and active work ethic that we have seen coming out of Hokitika for the last fifty years. In 2011 when the Association enjoyed its 100th birthday, Hokitika was keen to celebrate with 100 balloons tied up to the kindergarten fence.
Head Teacher Ceridwyn Dimmick said they emphasised the centenary because it was a one-off occurrence in the children's life time.
"100 years is such a milestone so in staging these activities we're teaching the children 100 is a big number and that it is important to celebrate special occasions."
Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have used any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.