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Last updated: 13 December 2018

Heretaunga Kindergarten Archive, Heretaunga Kindergarten Association

About Heretaunga Kindergarten Archive, Heretaunga Kindergarten Association

The Heretaunga Kindergarten Archive is devoted to the social and institutional history of the Heretaunga Kindergarten Association. It collects, preserves and facilitates research access to historic material related to the committees, kindergartens and significant individuals that make up the Association.


Heretaunga Kindergarten Association was formerly known as the Hastings Free Kindergarten Association. From the first public meeting held on 15 February 1928, committees of the Hastings Free Kindergarten Association worked to establish, staff and provide kindergartens for local children. Various Association and local Kindergarten committees; Mothers’, Fathers’ and Parents Clubs; and Establishment, Building and Fundraising committees all contributed to this work.

In 1979, the Hastings Free Kindergarten Association was joined with the Havelock North Kindergarten Association and the name was changed to Heretaunga Free Kindergarten Association. Central Hawke’s Bay Free Kindergarten Association also joined the Association in 1997.

In 2008, the Heretaunga Free Kindergarten Association and Michael Fowler (as author) published a book titled, 'A Proud Heritage: A History of the Heretaunga Free Kindergarten Association 1928-2008'. Following publication, it was recognised that such a large quantity of archival material existed that it was important to catalogue and preserve this material for ongoing research.

Today, the Heretaunga Kindergarten Association has sixteen kindergartens based in Hastings, Havelock North, Flaxmere, Waipawa and Waipukurau.

I have about 25-30m of archival material, spanning 1928-present. Not all of it is catalogued but a significant proportion is and we are now ready to encourage research access and raise awareness of the collection holdings. As it is largely a community history, with a particular focus on women, families and children, it is much more than an institutional history (for many years it was mainly a volunteer run organisation, dependent on local committee based fundraising), we hope to encourage community and research based access.

I am only at the Archive on Fridays, if you find an email is delayed

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Educational institution

Archive types:

  • Other educational records

Contact details

Contact person:


810 Heretaunga St East

Postal address:


Phone number:

  • +64 6 834395