Who is Te Mana Whakahaere?


Te Mana Whakahaere/Governing Council

Te Mana Whakahaere / Governing Council is elected by centres to provide governance for the Canterbury Playcentre Association (CPA), overseeing its affairs in accordance with Playcentre philosophy and its vision, mission, values and objects (as set out in our Kaupapa Ture / Constitution).

Te Mana Whakahaere was established in November 2013 replacing the governance functions of the previous Board of Management structure.

An Association Manager and Management Team undertake the management functions of the Association.

Governance responsibilities

They key governance responsibilities for Te Mana Whakahaere includes

  • Leadership [Big picture thinking, innovation]
  • Strategic [goal setting, sustainability]
  • Fiduciary [policy, constitutional, legal, financial, compliance - overview and risk management]
  • Evaluation [robust self review]
  • Advocacy [outside agencies eg MOE and ERO, federation, networking]
  • Communication [overview]

Te Mana Whakahaere team

The current members are Charlotte Oborne (Kaiarahi / Convenor), Rebecca Roper-Gee, Sarah Kerwin and Helen Mullis.  

For Governing Council documentation - please view below or contact the CPA Office for meeting minutes.

Call for Expressions of Interest to join Te Mana Whakahaere / Governing Council - Job Description can be viewed here - further information can be located under Job Vacancies.

The vision and mission statement of the Canterbury Playcentre Association

The work of the association is guided by the vision and mission of the Canterbury Playcentre Association.


We will strengthen and enrich our communities by empowering our tamariki and whanau within a Te Tiriti based organisation that is respected as a positive option for early childhood from birth to school.


Playcentre is a family focused early childhood education organisation where we provide an environment of whanaungatanga, where whanau and tamariki learn and grow together.

Core Values

  • Through cooperative processes we promote the whakamana of adults and children when they play, work, learn and grow together. We honour the partnership within Te Tiriti o Waitangi which builds ngā hononga that celebrates people’s uniqueness.
  • We promote manākitanga through affirming parents as the first and key educators of their children.
  • We work within the guiding principles of Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum.

Roles and responsibilities of Te Mana Whakahaere.