Children's Playgroup

CMRL’s mission statement is “building stronger communities through Rugby League” and we are well down the path of this journey with Children Play Groups operating out of the Mangere East and Otara Rugby League clubs, with the possibility of another one soon to begin in the Papakura RL Club.

Ministry of Education (MOE) statistics show many Counties Manukau children under the age of 6 years are missing out on basic fundamental learning skills and these playgroups designed with a community focus, lead by a trained professional in this field, Melanie Kaipo, can help bridge that gap.

As part of the “More than just a Game” philosophy, NZRL has established free playgroups using our local clubrooms.

Anyone in the local community is welcome to bring their children (aged 0-5 years) along and be a part of providing a better future for all Kiwis.

Come along, make new friends and enjoy learning alongside your child – shared meals workshops & much more. See what it’s all about here.

  • Arts & crafts
  • Waterplay
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Zumba
  • Messy play
  • Outdoor
  • Adventure
  • Sports

Sign up to a free playgroup at your local rugby league club.

For more information, please contact NZRL national playgroup manager Melanie Kaipo at or 

Number: 021 031 7979. 

To follow the NZRL Playgroups journey and stay up to date with the programme, you can follow them on Facebook here.


A list of NZRL Community Playgroups operating in your area …


Tuakau Broncos

  • Tuesday & Thursday 4-8pm
  • Tuakau Sports Complex
  • Kandi Ngataki 021 246 8475

  • Waiuku Oscar Rocks
  • Tuesday & Thursday 4-8pm
  • Hamilton Park
  • Grace Vanderbrink 027 255 7316​​​​​​​