2020 – 2026

Our Values

Our work is underpinned by five core values:

Whanaungatanga   – kinship and collectivism
Manaakitanga   – reciprocity and goodwill
Kotahitanga   – unity
Aroha   – compassion, affection and regard
Kia Manawanui   – perseverance, determination,
    persistence and dedication


Our Purpose

New Zealand Kindergartens supports Local Kindergarten Associations to thrive.

Our Strategic Priorities

Our focus is on quality, sustainability and customer service. Our work is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


A focus on quality enables us to:

  • Lead governance, leadership and business best practice
  • Influence and lead teacher practice, growth and development
  • Engage with and influence Government and central agencies
  • Deliver Qual Mark accreditation


A focus on sustainability enables us to:

  • Invest our time, resources and expertise for greatest impact
  • Maximise the use of technology
  • Plan for the future including succession planning
  • Strengthen the Kindergarten Movement within local communities

Customer Service

  • Lead through servant-leadership focused on the growth and well-being of people and the communities they belong to
  • Develop and deliver Member Services that are relevant and fit for purpose
  • Work with agility and at pace
  • Strengthen the NZK network