Cook Islands Early Learning Centre, Mangere

Ta'i Tamaiti Turanga Rangatira ECE

Kia tiratiratu toku turanga Kuki Airani, na roto i tōku reo, tāku peu e tāku akano’anga.

About the ECE

For a number of years, a total immersion early learning centre has been a dream for Cook Islands NZ families. It was a priority highlighted by communities across NZ in the inaugural Cook Islands national strategy 2012 – 2015.

 Through funding provided by the Ministry of Education NZ, a 60 children facility now stands in Mangere.

Our Mission

That I am confident and competent in my Cook Islands identity, and heritage through my reo, culture and traditions.

Kia tiratiratū tōku tūranga Kūki Airani, nā roto i te kite’anga i tōku reo, tāku peu e tāku ‘ākano’anga.

Our Vision

The child competently knows their language, culture, & Cook Islands ways of being, that the child is proud of their heritage and identity during their formative years, progressing into a bright productive future.

Kā kite meitaki te tamaiti i tōna reo, tana peu e te ākono’anga Maori Kūki Airani. Kia ngākauparau katoa ‘aia i tōna turanga Maori, mei tōna tupu’anga mai. Kia riro ‘aia ‘ei tūpa’upa’u no te tuātau ki mua.

Ministry of Health Guidelines

At our centre families provide a lunch box for their child. We encourage parents to provide food that meets the guidelines below. Please discuss with us if you would like further information.

Reducing Food Related Risks

Ministry of Education require us to provide this document on ‘Reducing food related risks’ for all families enrolling in Early Learning Services. We highly recommend you read and review.


A teaching position at Ta’i Tamaiti has recently opened up, and we’re recruiting a permanent, full-time (40 hours a week) qualified early learning teacher to work Monday to Friday between 7:00am – 5:30pm on a rotating roster to start as soon as possible!
oneCHILD Ta’i Tamaiti Tūranga Rangatira is an Early Learning centre that values and takes pride in our Cook Islands language, culture, and belief systems which are crucial to the education of our tamariki. We want to provide the very best education for our tamariki during their important early years of development.

We are looking for a teacher who is:

  • ECE qualified (or Primary School qualified depending on experience) and registered with a current NZ full practising certificate
  • fluent or has basic command of Te Reo Māori Kuki Airani (preferred) or is willing to learn Cook Islands culture and language.
  • passionate about creating a safe and fun learning environment for Tamariki
  • a NZ resident or has a valid NZ work visa
  • a team player and prepared to work effectively and collectively within the team.

Contact Us

Ta’i Tamaiti Administration at