What is Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand (MANZ)?

MANZ is a collective of schools, organisations and individual members who work together to provide and promote Montessori education in New Zealand. MANZ is governed by a voluntary Council and managed by a Chief Executive and Account and Administration Officer, in consultation with members.

Our Mission, Vision & Principles


MANZ Mission

Montessori makes the Difference

Our mission is to support and influence our community to deliver excellent Montessori programmes that enable the holistic development of infants, children/tamariki and adolescents/rangatahi.


Vision for MANZ

Making Montessori Matter in Aotearoa New Zealand

We envision Montessori education becoming a well-known, highly respected and informed choice in Aotearoa New Zealand.


MANZ Guiding Principles

  • Creating an environment to foster a love of learning by enhancing freedom with responsibility, valuing creativity and appreciating individuality.
  • Nurturing the human spirit by respecting self, others and the environment through connection, communication and collaboration.
  • Educating for peace by embracing diversity, celebrating the joy of discovery and practicing honesty and humility.