Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'

Maria Montessori

Montessori in New Zealand Primary Schools started in 1992 with the establishment of a unit at Otari School in Wellington. Since then it's gone from strength to strength as more and more parents see the opportunity to have their child continue on from a successful Montessori preschool experience.

In almost all cases the units have started because a groundswell of parental support. These parents, most of whom have had children in Montessori preschool, wish to extend their child’s positive preschool experience and have them continue in Montessori education in their primary years. The parents form a trust, or group to see what is possible. 

This is the case with the Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust (MMPT), which was set up by a group of parent volunteers in 2007.

MMPTs first project was to establish a Montessori Unit at Matakana School in 2009.  They enjoyed a 10 year tenure at Matakana school, then relocated to Pakiri School in 2019.

There are 15 Montessori Primary Units in New Zealand ranging in size from approximately 20 students in one class to over 90 in three others. 

What does a typical day look like in a Montessori classroom?

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MMPT Website

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Find out more about the MMPT and their visions and values.

MANZ Website

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Montessori Aoteroa New Zealand (MANZ) is a collective of schools, organisations and individual members who work together to provide and promote Montessori education in New Zealand.

Totara Hill Montessori Preschool Website

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Find out more about the local Montessori preschool.