MANZ Conference 2015
Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
April 11-13th, 2015
Saturday 12.30pm to Monday 1pm.

A pathway to creative expression
He ara hei whakaputa i te wairua auaha 

Montessori Three to Six (Saturday and Sunday)
Polli Soholt from the USA will explore creative expression with the Montessori 3-6 sensorial materials and in math, language, art. 

Montessori Music - a pathway to creative expression (Saturday to Monday)
Both early childhood and primary teachers have the opportunity to have fun learning experientially about the Montessori music curriculum with Marcia Perez from the UD.

Montessori Journey to Excellence (Sunday and Monday)
You will be able to learn more about what was discovered on the Montessori Journey to Excellence Pilot Programme and how your centre or school can engage in the MJ2Ex from this year. You will have the chance to work with your peers with the guidance of Adie Graham from Massey University to more learn about becoming part of a professional learning community and to develop peer mentoring skills to enable the development of a strong and vibrant community of Montessori professionals. Seven teachers from Montessori centres and schools around New Zealand will share some of their learning engaging in the MJ2Ex and teaching as inquiry.

More about the conference
The conference stars at 12.30pm Saturday and ends at 1pm on Monday. For teachers in Montessori early childhood centres who have to be back at work on Monday morning the conference is designed so all the workshops for 3-6 are held on Saturday and Sunday.

Montessori Mystery Bus Tour of MANZ member centres and schools Saturday April 11, 9am - 12pm
There will be a bus tour of MANZ member centres and schools in Tauranga on Saturday morning prior to the conference opening … you can register for the bus tour as part of your conference registration $35pp.

Discover Montessori Saturday April 11, 9.30-11.30am
Discover Montessori workshops for those new to Montessori will run prior to the conference opening. This is a free event for parents and teachers.

Welcome Reception Saturday April 11, 6.45-7.30pm
The conference welcome reception is on Saturday evening and is part of your conference registration.

Conference Dinner and Dance, Sunday April 12, from 7pm
The popular dinner and dance is held on Sunday evening. This is an optional social event @ $65pp.

Registration Costs
Registration costs for this conference have been held at 2014 rates.

  Full rate

MANZ member centres, schools, student members and member organisations


MANZ individual members
Full conference $820.00 $410.00 $600.00
Weekend $740.00 $330.00 $520.00

If your centre is not a member of MANZ, you can join as an individual member ($62pa) as part of the conference registration and opt for the MANZ individual member rate. PLUS you will get four issues of the teacher e-zine by email and four issues of our national magazine Montessori Voices.

The full conference programme is available here

Conference Accommodation
Make your own accommodation booking in Tauranga.

If you wish to stay at the conference venue at Trinity Wharf
07 577 8703
Please quote the event name when booking - Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand 

2014 MANZ Conference
The Reflective Montessori Practitioner
Te Pouaaki Huritao o Montessori

The conference is over for another year. Thanks to our international speakers Uma Ramani and Jamie Rue, to Nicki Dowling and Karen MacKay from Massey University and to all the New Zealand teachers who presented at the Montessori Journey to Excellence BusStop.

Feedback has been amazing and here are some comments from delegates

Different speakers , different style, yet similar content and strong messages. It felt consistent.Very inspiring keynotes and workshops. It has refreshed my vision for Montessori education once again.

Uma and Jamie were both great choices... so difficult to choose between their workshops though!

When I first saw the programme my reaction was "what no workshop choices" but the conference structure this year really nurtured the process of deepening your exploration as each workshop extended the learning of the previous workshop. Well done!

I really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm Jamie Rue shared with our group. She had wonderful and practical tips which I feel I can immediately put into practice and I am excited to go back and re-read my albums.

Just awesome. Uma Ramani, particularly for our age group, needs to be physically bottled and sold.

The bus stop was the most insightful, relevant learning I have ever had at a MANZ conference in 14 years. It was definitely worthwhile having MANZ invest in the Montessori Journey to Excellence Pilot. 

Montessori Journey to Excellence is an amazing initiative that is obviously yielding positive results for those schools participating. I think those involved have shown extraordinary commitment to Montessori education by taking this on, on top of their teaching work load, and all of us stand to benefit from their learnings.

LOVED some of the (pilot programme) ideas,identified with the common themes of their processes, eg recognising that staff come from different training programmes, different age/experience bases and how to bring them together before anything else can happen. I feel inspired to follow through with some of their ideas, eg documentation which allows for ease of planning.Lots to think about! 

2013 MANZ Conference
Reflecting on Community Me Whakaaro Hāpori

Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Wellington
Saturday April 20, 12.30pm - Monday April 22, 4pm

Our 2013 conference reflected on the importance of community and explored how to nurture a sense of community with children and students of all ages and their families.

Thanks to the 230 delegates from around New Zealand, our four keynote speakers, 14 teachers from New Zealand who lked or shared in workshops for creating a sense of connection and community over the three days in Wellington.

Some of feedback from delegates:

Most valuable – Collecting new ideas to use in the classroom
Most fun – Singing .. meeting and talking to others
Most informative – Having reinforced that ‘community’ is the heart of Montessori
Most valuable – Reconnecting with familiar faces, sharing the daily experiences of the class
Most fun – Connie Black was so engaging and wonderful role model to learn from
Most valuable – Learning more about communities working together and coming together
Most valuable – Recognising what I am doing well as a teacher and what I need to change, learning more about special needs from Wendy Fidler
Most informative – Sessions on observation and Jaime Rue's workshops, practicality of Carol Pott's grace and courtesy workshop
Most informative – I really enjoyed the research presentations – especially Ed Stanford's action research – inspiring about what can be done!

We hope you enjoy viewing some video from the conference.


NICOLA CHISNALL Montessori - an critically engaged pedagogy

 CONNIE BLACK  Sense of community - a hallmark of our approach


JAMIE RUE - Why strong community matters for older children


 WENDY FIDLER - Are there really more children with special needs these days ?






 Many thanks to our generous conference sponsors






Download here
MANZ 2015 Conference Programme



MANZ Conference Handouts

These are handouts provided to MANZ.






MANZ 2015 Conference Handout - Polli Soholt.pdf233.02 KB
Uma Ramani Guide to Reflective Practice -Foundations of Practice.pdf193.82 KB
Uma Ramani Guide to Reflective Practice - Enhancing Practice.pdf156.06 KB
Uma Ramani Guide to Reflective Practice - Expanding Practice.pdf81.48 KB
Jamie Rue Self Evaluation and Reflection.pdf348.44 KB
Jamie Rue Lesson Plan.pdf196.54 KB
Jamie Rue Weekly Lesson Plan.pdf212.23 KB
Jamie Rue Observation in Montessori 6_12.pdf314.92 KB
Jamie Rue Montessori Homework Ideas.pdf311.38 KB
MJ2Ex GROW model.pdf278.81 KB
MJ2Ex Questions and Prompts to support professional conversations.pdf112.64 KB
Teaching as Inquiry -a framework for self review.pdf852.66 KB
Inquiry TAI reflective questions.pdf397.47 KB
Inquiry Blank Teaching as Inquiry Cycle.pdf399.48 KB
Elements of Centre self review table for cutting.pdf182.39 KB
Headings for Self Review.pdf104.71 KB
Inquiry resource A REMINDER.pdf171.97 KB
Self review analysis sheet.pdf298.51 KB
Teaching as Inquiry Gazette article.pdf246.38 KB
Joining the Dots PP Presentation.pdf377.48 KB
Connecting the dots diagram.pdf226.85 KB
Connecting the dots.pdf324.95 KB
Draft MANZ Strategic Aims 2015.pdf193.08 KB
Rogoff Join the Dots.pdf116.86 KB
SCOT DOC.pdf244.95 KB
Change.pdf199.68 KB
Capital Montessori MJ2Ex _ Interest_doc.pdf1.27 MB
Capital Montessori MJ2Ex - Reflect.pdf541.58 KB