A second early childhood centre run by a Rotorua iwi-based trust has closed.

Te Puna Manawa o Whakaue, on Pererika St, chose to temporarily close on Friday - affecting 37 children aged between 3 and 5.

In a statement responding to Rotorua Daily Post questions, Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust, which governs the early childhood centre, said it closed due to "staffing issues which impacted the ability to operate".

The Ministry of Education, which funds the early childhood centre, supports the trust's decision to close.

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Te Taumata o Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake Trust opened the Māori

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