Harakeke is a privately owned Early Childhood Education Centre for 2 to 5 year old children situated between Motueka and Upper Moutere in the idyllic countryside of the Tasman District.

Welcome to Harakeke!

Read more about our philosophy and vision and meet our professional and friendly teaching staff.

Check out our news on Facebook for what's currently happening at the centre and find more information on our programme and enrolment options.

Harakeke is a green-gold Enviroschool.


Why 'Harakeke'?

Harakeke is the name given to the native New Zealand lily by Māori. The first European settlers called it 'Flax'.

For us it's a symbol of family, community, nurturing and learning together.

FlaxHutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te kōmako e ko
Ki mai ki ahau
He aha te mea nui i te ao
Māku e ki atu
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

If the centre shoot of the flax is pulled out
Where will the bellbird sing?
If you were to ask me
What is the most important thing in the world
I would reply
It is the people, the people, the people.

Kingi Ihaka (Te Aupouri)