ABC Mahora

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20 hours ECE for 3-5 year olds
*Conditions apply

ABC Mahora is a small childcare centre, located near the Mahora Shopping Centre, Cornwall Park, and close to Mahora School.  The Hastings City Centre is nearby, and the local industrial area on our door step.

Our vision

ABC Mahora – nurturing our communities Wairua, Mana and Mauri

Wairua thrives, and children’s Mana is embraced to fully grow each child’s Mauri to bring in a balance of physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. 

By supporting and including others into self-love habits, eating well, and joining us in physical wellness, the sense of well-being is extended to whanau and the wider community.

We have a caring teaching team that brings a wide range of strengths, creating a kete of knowledge that supports children’s wellbeing and  sense of belonging.  Authentic partnerships with whanau and children allows us to grow within a supportive and caring environment where wairua is nurtured, mana is supported and mauri is identified so each child can grow and reach their own potential.

Read what our parents have to say about our vision

“Beautiful! and as a new parent joining the centre whanau I see this”

“Beautiful indeed! You guys are such a one of a kind centre. Your creativeness, your acknowledgment of all cultures and I think the fact that you perfect the LOVE/HEART/WHANAU aspect in a way that’s evident on a day to day basis, really sets you apart from every other centre. Two thing really stand out and that’s the LOVE and the absolute PASSION you all have, to be able to achieve what you do on the daily. If there is such a thing as perfection, it’s all you ECE teachers without a doubt. Massive thanks for everything you do”

Visit our nest, a safe space for our youngest tamamriki


Is a child’s spirit and soul.  We want everyone to feel that this is their place, that they belong and can thrive here. This is nurtured through continuity of teachers, where authentic relationships are developed. We connect to each child by allowing them time to settle, and time to choose their teacher through listening to their inner voice (their heart).  We follow children’s natural patterns and give them space to explore and find their place in their centre home.  This sense of belonging supports children’s wairua and this is achieved through the care and attention they need to feel secure away from their home.


Is power and confidence. Children are part of a bigger whanau here and we become part of their extended whanau.  The children are encouraged, praised, and supported to grow as kind and caring individuals.  This is often seen through the Tuakana teina concept of learning, where the older sibling nurtures the younger children to succeed. Each child is recognised for what they bring with them, this is their whakapapa, their strengths, and their interests.  When this is recognised and nurtured, children are extended to the next level of learning.  Here we garden and grow our own vegetables and fruit, we learn to care for things as well as one another, and are supported to take risks and for them to see themselves as achievers, embracing and growing their mana.


Is life force. Here we nurture Mauri by ensuring that the body is physically and socially well and is in a state of balance. We provide delicious home cooked meals, which have received the gold Healthy Heart Award.  We believe that a full belly makes for a content child, and a delicious healthy menu supports a child’s mauri and sets them up for a day of learning.

The infant garden reflects nature and is a place where children can connect with Papatuanuku.  The Young Children’s room embraces children in life long skills that support a healthy life style, which sees the children growing fruit, veges and herbs that are utilised in our meals and in process cooking.  The garden is large and further supports children’s physical wellbeing, with space to run, jump, hop, skip, spin etc, all foundation skills that are needed for formal learning.

Home, centre and community

Our goal is to nurture the well being of whanau and the local community.  We envision a centre vegie patch where we share our produce with our local community for use at home.  We engage in community walks and giving to great causes out there, such as  Plunket NZ, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Mitre 10 Can Teen walks.   Exercising together allows us to connect with one another, enhances our social well being and grows our sense of community within the centre.

View our Autumn/Winter menu here


Let’s be the best possible role models for our tamariki!


Read our news and stories here:

ABC Mahora bring their vision to life

Papatuanuku unveiling and blessing at ABC Mahora

Healthy Heart birthdays at ABC Mahora



We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report!
We have a Gold Healthy Heart Award!

For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!

Ask us about our Be School Ready initiative

Parent Feedback:

“It was so sad to walk out that door this afternoon, I did hold myself well (until we went to see Becca). I have had a cry this afternoon, remembering all the amazing and wonderful days Cooper has had with you all. You have all played a big part in the Man he will be one day!! All the staff are AMAZING!! You are all beautiful loving people, I couldn’t of asked for more caring ladies to teach Cooper. You all bring something different to the Centre, and its done with a smile! I can’t thank you all enough for caring for my baby!! He is going to miss you all”

“The staff are friendly, kind, loving, amazing.”

“Great staff very welcoming and friendly and the children are happy and I’ve noticed my 2 year old is learning something every week by the way he talks and plays. He’s also learning table manners which makes me proud.”

“My daughter learns, plays and interacts happily with both the children and teachers. They are doing such a great job with my daughter.”

“I would like to thank you all so much for a super breakfast this morning. Also for being part of Johns” best start” he enjoys his days with everyone there and I am sure he will tell you when he starts getting the words out. It is one of the highlights of my day picking him up each day seeing how happy and content he is and I am sure that has a lot to do with the people looking after him all day. Thank you again”