MANZ Conference 2021

Keys to Culture: Te tatau o te ahurea
Date: 10 & 11 July, 2021
Location: Wairakei Resort, Taupo

Kia ora,

Welcome to the information and registration site for MANZ Conference 2021!

I am delighted to present to you the amazing line-up of speakers who are providing a wide range of topics which will, I’m sure, inspire you. Come along and enjoy the relaxing facilities at Wairakei Resort, Taupō while soaking up knowledge for your kite.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Cathy Wilson
Executive Officer

Conference Programme

With the programme for 2021, we have tried to take into account many of your suggestions from your evaluations. We have the overseas speakers giving their keynotes one after another on the opening day which means you are able to listen to all three keynotes. We are also finishing slightly earlier on the second day (Sunday) allowing for kaiako who need to travel and be at work on Monday. 

Our programme and registration will be available online from 1 November, 2020.

Conference Registration Fees and Information 


Early bird (incl. GST)

closes 30 April, 2021

Full Fee (incl. GST)

from 1 May, 2021

2 Day Registration Fee
School / Organisation Member



Individual Member






Prices in NZ Dollars and include 15% GST

South Island Discount

For 2021 we are offering our South Island attendees a $50 discount off their registration fee.

The 2-day full registration fee includes

  • Entry to conference sessions 10 and 11 July
  • Lunches, morning and afternoon teas 10 and 11 July
  • Welcome function and celebration of the 150th birthday for Dr. Montessori (1 year late) 10 July


Invoices will be sent on registration and payments are to MANZ bank account. To qualify for Early Bird discount payment must be received by 30 April, 2021.  After 30 April, 2021 full registration fee will apply.


Cancellations must be notified in writing by email to

We understand that circumstances can change. At any point prior to the event you are welcome to contact MANZ in writing to nominate a substitute delegate at no extra charge. A full refund less a $100 service fee will be issued for cancellations received on or before 31 May, 2021. No refunds will be issued after 15 June, 2021. Non-payment does not constitute cancellation.

NOTE:  Should COVID-19 cause this event to be cancelled full refunds will be given regardless of Refund Policy.


It is strongly recommended and your responsibility to have insurance to cover medical, travel, and registration expenses in the event of unforeseen circumstances.


Please advise of any special dietary, mobility, or other special requirements when you register.


MANZ, PO Box 31461, Lower Hutt 5040.

For all registration and general enquiries, email us at, or call Cathy on 027 4485 525 or Charmaine on 021 069 0092.  We would love to help.

Key Note Speakers

Emma Elegado-Kotulic: 0-3 Years

Emma has an  AMI 0-3 years Assistants to Infancy Diploma, a Masters in Early Childhood Education  and is completing her Training of Trainers for this special age group. Emma is known for her extensive experience as a directress and an assistant administrator in Montessori long day care. Together, with other AMI diploma holders, Emma helped develop a classroom curriculum that has ultimately made the children work independently, one of many principles of a Montessori environment. She has experience in both a Nido and Infant Community long day care implementation.

Carol Potts: 3-6 Years

Carol Potts is an AMI 3-6 Trainer with the Association Montessori Internationale.
She is currently Director of Training for the AMI 3-6 Diploma Programme in Aotearoa, New Zealand and on the Management Team and Advisory Committee of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF), N.Z.
Carol has had the privilege to spend her days in 3-6 Montessori environments, for 25 years.  She is now part of the AMI Faculty in China and offers training in New Zealand and Australia.

Rebecca Dallam: 6-12 Years

Rebecca Dallam is the Director of Elementary Training at the Australian Centre for Montessori Studies. She holds the AMI 3-6 (1987) and 6-12 (1996) diplomas, a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Temple University and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University. Rebecca worked in Montessori public education in the U.S. before emigrating to Australia in 1998. Since then she has worked to bring AMI 6-12 training to Australia so that more children can benefit from the Montessori approach to human development. Rebecca has taught at both the 6-9 and 9-12 levels in Sydney-area schools, and currently directs a 6-9 classroom at Cameragal Montessori School. Rebecca has worked with teachers in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand and has served as a course examiner in Japan.


Anaru Kapa

Nō Te Aupōuri, Maniapoto, Tainui ahau.  Ko Anaru Kapa ahau.  Ngā mihi ki a koutou, ngā rangatira mā o Montessori.

In Anaru’s whānau, Montessori and Māori worlds have been a focus.  His whānau has been involved with both of his children attending a Montessori preschool and kohanga reo concurrently.  Marie (his wāhine toa) and himself chose these educational pathways for their daughters as they best fit their philosophical and educational value systems.  They have learnt much while on this journey.

Anaru has taught in various capacities for over 20 years, focusing on how to support the child/person to express the fullness of their taonga in the world to make positive changes.   This focus has had a bi cultural lens. There has been much learning and opportunity to grow.  He has been trained in counselling (various forms), business and education.  He is continually learning tikanga, whakapapa and growing in te reo Māori with whānau and other sources.

Anaru’s educational background includes a M.Ed in counselling and career development and degrees with sociology,  psychology and business majors.  He has had the honour of completing a Diploma in Whānau Strengthening and Support using an Indigenous qualifications training framework.

Aleks Zajac 

Aleks is a Montessori teacher, school leader and a mum of a child with learning differences.  Over the span of the  last 20 years, she has worked with many tamariki and families with learning differences in various cultural contexts, made quite a few mistakes, learned from them and made a journey from fear to love and compassion.

In an attempt to fulfill her life mission of making life a little easier for those families and their teachers of tamariki with learning differences, she is now studying to become an educational psychologist.

She is looking forward to sharing tools that work for her knowing that she doesn’t have all the answers but has some which she hopes will help.

Pauline Roberts

Pauline Roberts has been teaching at Ōrākei Montessori Preschool since 2008 and in 2016 became the owner. She is married to Mal and has 2 children and 3 step-children, all now have flown the nest! 

Before teaching at Montessori she taught at kindergarten which has helped her fuse Montessori philosophy with Te Whāriki. She believes tamariki who attend Montessori preschools have a positive, happy, fun start on their educational journey, 

She teaches in the younger Fantail Class at her Montessori because this age group (20 months to 3 years) is her calling. She has endless patience and a great sense of fun.

She is so grateful to have studied under Dr. Nicola Chisnall at AUT and considers the mentoring advice and wisdom Nicky gave will remain with her always. Pauline remembers a discussion with Nicky where they talked about Pauline one day talking at a MANZ Conference, both agreeing she would know when she found something she was passionate about and for her it is educative mentoring, She thinks Nicky had already adopted this style of leadership before it had a title and was waiting for the rest of us to catch up!

Accommodation Options at Wairakei Resort

Wairakei Resort, Taupō, 640 Wairakei Dr, Taupō 3379

The resort’s comfortable rooms and suites feature en-suite bathrooms and geothermal sourced heating. Twin Rooms accommodate up to 4 guests in 2 doubles or 2 queen-size beds. Suites offer king-sized beds for 2 guests and a separate lounge or sitting area. Family Villas feature a spacious open-plan living room, full kitchen and separate bedroom, and they all interconnect with adjoining Studio accommodation. The luxurious split-level Rangatira Suite offers 2 bedrooms and a lounge with dining area. Most room categories offer views of manicured gardens and Wairakei Tourist Park from patios or private balconies. Disability rooms with wheelchair access are available. WiFi and 24-hour room service are available in all accommodation.

Click here for more information about the hotel.

Room types & rates:

  • Economy king room – $145.00 per room per night
  • Run of House studio, double, king and twin rooms – $175.00 per room per night
  • Tauhara Superior twin room – $185.00 per room per night
  • Suites and villas – $205.00 – $245.00 per room per night
  • Rangatira suite – $345.00 per night

To make a booking and to take advantage of these special room rates please click here.  Special group room rates cover up to two adults in the room and are valid for bookings made prior to 09 May 2021. To make any changes to your booking please contact the Wairakei Resort reservations team directly at:

Phone: 07 4749004

The special room rates are available up until the day of the conference subject to availability. These rooms are based on general availability; it is recommended that you book as soon as you can to ensure you don’t miss out.

Accommodation Policy:

Accommodation must be booked via the link provided above. MANZ is not responsible for any of your accommodation booking and payments. Please ensure you read and understand the hotel’s terms and conditions as they vary from one hotel to another. It is your responsibility to contact the hotel directly for any amendments or cancellation and all payments.

Find out more about visiting the beautiful lakeside resort town of Taupō.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors

If you would like to reach the Montessori community let’s talk about your vision and how we can help you connect with early learning centres and schools nationwide. Talk to us about your ideas, we’d love to hear from you.

Email us at to receive a copy of the Event Prospectus or call Charmaine at 021 069 0092.


The MANZ team is happy to help, email us at or call Cathy on 027 448 5525 for any registration queries or contact Charmaine on 021 069 0092 for any sponsorship queries.

MANZ Conference 2021

Date: 10 & 11 July, 2021
Location: Wairakei Resort
Address: 640 Wairakei Drive, Taupo