Our history

Pipitea was established in November 1988 as Wellington’s first childcare centre for the children of public servants (then called Thorndon Child Care Centre). It was opened by then-PM David Lange and has, since opening, operated out of our current site on Hobson Crescent.

Pipitea was first registered as an incorporated society in November 1986 (Wellington Public Servants Childcare Centre Incorporated) two years prior to opening, and, in 2008 we were also registered as a charity. As part of the constitution of our incorporated society we provide childcare primarily to children of parents who work in the public sector, but we also ensure that at least 5% of our places are made available to children of the general public.

In 2018 we celebrated 30 years of operation with a big birthday bash. Pipitea is also honoured to include among our staff a special taonga – Tenaya our Deputy Manager – who has been with us since opening.