MANZ Conference 2022

Date: 9 - 10th July 2022
Location: Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand , Wellington

Kia ora,

I am delighted to welcome you to the information and registration page for MANZ Conference 2022. Our theme is: Leaving no one behind: He waka eke noa.

The meaning behind the theme is that it is aligned to the movement of a waka and those upon it paddling together to their destination with deliberateness and clear intent…united in effort and whakawhanaungatanga.

We are incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful line-up of all Aotearoa speakers!  These include Dr. Lesley Rameka, Carli Hausler, Carol Potts, Steven Arnold and Aleks Zajac who are our keynote speakers.

We also have Helen Ramsdale, Rose Phillips, Helena Tihanyi and Dimitra Pantazis, Maria Torres, Michela Homer, Pauline Harter and Jip Bartels facilitating a wide array of workshops.

There is something for everyone! View and download our full Programme for MANZ Conference July 2022 or our  Summarised Programme.


This conference will be open to all Montessorians/ non-Montessorians, kaiako, trust members, principals, parents and whānau, to help tamariki and rangatahi develop the skills needed to assist them on their journey to adulthood.

Wellington has a vast array of accommodation options available and we recommend checking out all the options and deals for your team at

MANZ looks forward to you joining us at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington for an invigorating and fulfilling weekend.

Cathy Wilson
Chief Executive

Conference Registration Fees and Information 

Registrations are now open and our discounted Early Bird price has been extended for registrations and payments by 13 May 2022.  So get in quick to take advantage of this fantastic discount.

Early Bird Registration Fees:  Two-day registration fee including GST are as follows:

  • $390 School Member or Organisational Member (Full Fee $440)
  • $430 Individual Member (Full Fee $480)
  • $615 Non-Member (Full Fee $665)

South Island Discount:  For 2022 we are again offering our South Island attendees a $50 discount on their registration fee.

The 2-day full registration fee includes

  • Entry to conference sessions 9 and 10 July
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea


Invoices will be sent out upon registration and payment is required to the MANZ bank account.  To qualify for our Early Bird pricing all registrations must be paid in full by 13 May 2022.



Conference Programme

Day One: Saturday 9 July 2022

Time Stream Programme Item
8:30 am Registration Opens
9:30 am Pōwhiri Official Welcome
10:00 am Morning Tea Break for 30 minutes
10:30 am Conference Welcoming Address and Presentation of Awards
11:00 am Biculturalism Keynote Presentation by Lesley Rameka
Ngā hōhonutanga o nga ao e rua: Weaving biculturalism in our practice through deepening understandings of te Ao Māori
11:45 am Lunch & AGM Break for 1 hour and 30 minutes
Please bring your lunch and come to hear what your organisation has been working on during 2021 at our Annual General Meeting
1:15 pm 0-3 Years Keynote Presentation by Carli Hausler
Mana is my Mountain
1:45 pm Music and Movement Pauline Harter
2:15 pm 3-6 Years Keynote Presentation by Carol Potts
Supporting Social Competence – I Am, I Can!
2:45 pm Afternoon Tea Break for 30 minutes
3:15 pm 6+ Years Keynote Presentation by Steven Arnold
Leaving no one behind
3:45 pm Montessori Sports Jip Bartels
4:15 pm Children with Challenges Keynote Presentation by Aleks Zajac
The Me You Can’t See
4:45 pm Day One Concludes

Day Two: Sunday 10 July 2022

Stream 0-3 Years 3-6 Years 6+ Years All Ages
9:00 am Carli Hausler Aleks Zajac Helena Tihanyi &
Dimitra Pantazis
Rose Phillips
Communication for the 0-3 Child Part 1 The Me You Can’t See A Tātou Haerenga
(our journey)
Collective Wellbeing
10:30 am Morning Tea (Break for 30 minutes)
11:00 am Carli Hausler Pauline Harter Helen Ramsdale Maria Torres
Communication for the 0-3 Child Part 2 A Montessori Cosmic Journey through music Environmental Science and Change Montessori care for the elderly and persons with dementia
12:30 pm Lunch (Break for 1 hour)
1:30 pm Carli Hausler Carol Potts Aleks Zajac Cathy Wilson &
Michela Homer
Communication for the 0-3 Child Part 3 Let’s Take a Walk in the Garden The Me You Can’t See Montessori Journey to Excellence (MJ2Ex)
3:00 pm Afternoon Tea (Break for 30 minutes)
3:30 pm Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Michela Homer
Panelists: Carli Hausler, Steven Arnold, Carol Potts, Rachel Ammundsen, Pauline Harter and Nikki Campbell
4:45 pm Conference Closing

View and download our full Programme for MANZ Conference July 2022 or our  Summarised Programme.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Lesley Rameka

Ko Tararua te maunga, Ko Ohau te awa , Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Ngāti Tukorehe te hapu , Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi. 

Lesley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcom Institute of Educational Research, and the Poutama Pounamu Maori Education Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato.  Lesley has worked in early childhood education for over 30 years, beginning her journey in te kohanga reo and working in a number of professional development and tertiary education providers over the years. Lesley’s research interests are mainly related to Māori education, early childhood education, assessment and curriculum development. 

Carli Hausler

Carli has been a 0-3 Montessori guide since 2010. She completed her AMI Assistants to Infancy diploma at Montessori Northwest in Portland and is enrolled in the AMI Training of Trainers programme to become an AMI trainer at the 0-3 level. Carli is co-founder of Aroha Nui Montessori and Beyond delivering parent/child classes in Auckland.  “I love this work more and more with each passing day – it is a privilege to be journeying alongside so many wonderful children and their whānau. Every day is a new adventure filled with joy, discoveries and possibilities.”

Carol Potts

Carol is an AMI 3-6 Trainer.   Carol has had the privilege of working alongside young tamariki for more than 25 years. She is a trustee of the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF), the affiliated AMI training centre in Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is an AMI examiner, consultant and mentor and has offered workshops and training in Australia, Japan & China. Carol is one of the AMI training faculty in Shenzhen, China. She is the Director of Training for the current 3-6 Diploma in N.Z. and when not training, enjoys the ebbs and flows of mentoring in 3-6 environments. 

The next MMEF AMI 3-6 Diploma commences in September 2022.

Steven Arnold

Steven Arnold has diplomas in Montessori from AMI 3 – 6, and 6-12 and from AMS 12 -15 and 15 – 18 as well as a certificate in 0 – 3. He has recently completed the Montessori and Memory care (dementia) course. 

Steven is the foundation principal of Peace Experiment, a Montessori Secondary Education programme, in Auckland. He also lectures on TIES – an online Masters in Montessori Education, and is currently studying for his own doctorate in “Education as a Peace Process”. Steven is active within the United Nations Association. Steven lectured in Montessori Education at AUT until that programme was closed down. Steven continues being a passionate Montessori educator, a career spanning over 25 years. 

Steven loves theatre, and (in a different time) travel.  Steven and Mallika have two adult sons, and are delighted to announce their recently born grand-daughter.

Aleks Zajac

Aleks is an AMI teacher and school leader with over 20 years of experience in international education. Over the last 20 years, she has worked with tamariki and their families in many cultural contexts.

As a mum to a child with learning differences, Aleks always felt that more needed to be done to support those children, their teachers and families. She trained as an educational psychologist with VUW and is now working towards becoming a certified assessor with SPELD NZ.

Aleks contributes her knowledge and experience to various organisations and initiatives. Over the last two years she has been a part of a project at Victoria University Wellington Autism Clinic, investigating the effectiveness of Early Start Denver Model therapy in addition to parent coaching for young children with autism.

Aleks is excited to join the MANZ conference this year hoping that by sharing the tools that work for her, she will be able to help conference attendees carry out their own missions of helping tamariki with learning difficulties achieve their full potential.

Workshop Speakers

Pauline Harter

Pauline has been learning and teaching in the Montessori community for nearly 40 years, at both the 3 – 6 and 6 – 12 levels.  After completing her AMI training in India, Italy and England, she was actively involved in teaching and training in New Zealand, Australia, USA, India and England.  Pauline has taught in Montessori Early Childhood and Primary classes, and also held many music workshops.  She has made two CD’s of children’s songs with accompanying song books. The international cultural and spiritual elements featured in the CD’s fit perfectly with the Montessori multicultural programme. Music, dance and multicultural celebrations are important daily activities in her Children’s House and in the Montessori Primary classes in the Wairarapa.  It is this joy and connection, this vital part of our curriculum, that she wishes to share in this music workshop.

Rose Phillips

Rose Phillips

Rose has been a representative on MANZ Council since 2009. She began her Montessori teaching career with Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary at Glendowie School in Auckland in 2002 and is the Lead Teacher of this Unit. Rose completed her Montessori training at Toronto Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Canada and holds a teaching diploma from North Shore Teachers College, a BEd (Tchg) from the University of Auckland and completed her MEd (Literacy) from the University of Auckland focusing her research on comparing reading achievement in Montessori and New Zealand state schools.

Helena Tihanyi  

Tēnā koutou,  Ko te Wairoa ki Ngati Kahungunu toku iwi, Ko Helena Tihanyi toku ingoa.

I have worked in the education sector for 24 years, starting  at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Kohanga Reo and later Berhampore school in Te Rito Harakeke, the bilingual Maori unit, firstly as a parent helper and then as a qualified Teacher Aide, after studying for a qualification at Massey University.  Several years ago, I trained as an AMI Montessori Classroom Assistant and now I work in the Montessori Unit at Berhampore School.

My interests and hobbies are hanging out with my whānau, eating yummy kai, singing waiata, and although I am not fluent in Te Reo Māori I am passionate about learning  Te Reo Māori and Tikanga. 

Dimitra Pantazis 

Tēnā koutou, No Poneke ahau , Ko Kariki tōku whānau, Ko Dimitra Pantazis toku ingoa.

My experiences in education are many and varied. I have taught in a range of classrooms, starting out in conventional teaching before moving into Montessori education. I have studied for a certificate in Montessori Teacher Preparation from TIME, a diploma in AMI Montessori  6-12 education, and a certificate for AMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation. 

I have been a Montessori teacher at Berhampore School for many years – but this year, prompted by conversations with Helena Tihanyi, I am embarking on something new… to develop an understanding of Māori philosophy and use our classroom to help children become aware of Māori cultural values. To nurture a sense of tikanga, whakapapa and te reo māori is the task, and the challenge is to combine all three and shine a light.

It doesn’t leave me with much free time….

Helen Ramsdale

Tēnā koutou katoa, Ko Kurahaupo toku waka, Ko Taranaki toku maunga, Ko Pungaereere toku awa, Ko Taranaki, ko Ngati Ruanui oku iwi, Ko Ngati Haupoto toku hapu, Ko Minarapa Rangihatuake toku tipuna, Ko Amy, ko Anna, ko Liam, ko Abbie toku tamariki, Ko Helen toku ingoa, No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Helen Ramsdale has lived in Rotorua for many years and has four amazing grown children: Amy, Anna, Liam and Abbie. She has a Bachelor in Teaching and Learning and has worked at St Mary’s School, Malfroy School and the Gifted Kids Programme (now known as MINDPLUS). 

She has completed Montessori papers at AUT and been in our Montessori community a total of  10 years completing the MINDLAB Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning. She has been the Science Professional Learning Group Leader for Malfroy Primary School for the past 6 years where they have made significant changes to how they deliver science throughout the school.

In 2021 she was invited to speak at the science forum commissioned by ERO that released the report based on best practice in NZ schools, entitled Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science, in which Malfroy @ Montessori school science programme was featured. 

In short, Helen does not consider herself a Montessori or Science expert, but has pursued the knowledge of both with a genuine passion for helping akonga to access the skills and materials that help them maintain their curiosity and ability to become connected lifelong learners. 

Helen will be sharing her science journey, what she has learned along the way, and how it has impacted her class, school and community.

Maria Torres 

Maria is a dedicated aged care nurse with more than 20 years of nursing experience in both Philippines and New Zealand. She is a creative, inspirational nurse leader. With a postgraduate qualification from the University of Auckland in Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare, she integrates leadership values with practical innovative care models that will make a positive difference where service is needed in the community. She is a member of the College of Nurses Aotearoa and a certified Careerforce Assessor.

Maria is also a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional and the founding director of Scott Holland Healthcare, a home and community support service company which is the first to offer the Montessori model of care for the elderly and persons with dementia in New Zealand.

Jip Bartels

Jip Bartels is a Montessori Sports Trainer with a background in professional soccer. He believes that sports and Montessori is the best combination for young children to develop their full potential. He holds a 6-12 AMI Assistants Course Certification.



Saturday Key Note Presentations

Ngā hōhonutanga o nga ao e rua: Weaving biculturalism in our practice through deepening understandings of te Ao Māori  Lesley Rameka

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It gives recognition of Māori as the first people, tangata whenua ([First] people of the land). It provides the foundation for Māori and Pākehā to build relationships as citizens of Aotearoa, NZ. 

It also has implications for the education system, in terms of achieving equitable outcomes for all, and ensuring that the Māori language, culture and identities, not only survive but thrive. Language, culture, and identity are integral to the learning of mokopuna.

This presentation will explore how kaiako can deepen their understandings of bicultural practice through exploring te Ao Māori, Māori ways of seeing and knowing the world, and Māori views of the child. It will also support kaiako to include Māori values and beliefs and pedagogies in their practices and programmes.

Mana is my Mountain Carli Hausler

In a world that expects us to follow and fit in, how does shared language build a foundation for authenticity? Language, as a tool, has the power to bring us together or separate us, to create a sense of belonging or alienation.

This keynote will take us on a personal storytelling journey illustrating the human need for depth of expression to maintain authenticity.

Supporting Social Competence – I Am, I Can! Carol Potts

The integration of the personality – for every tamaiti – naturally occurs through increasing independence, purposeful activity and social competency.

This keynote address explores how to “remove barriers to learning, engagement, and well-being so that all [tamariki] can flourish.” (He Mapuna te Tamaiti, 2019).

What are the barriers? When are the early glimmers of social competency apparent? And are independence and social competence polar opposites?

Montessori’s clarity of vision guides us: “It seems clear enough that nature lays down a plan for the construction both of the [individual] personality and of social life, but this plan becomes realised only through children’s activity when they are…in circumstances favourable to its fulfilment.” Montessori, 2019.

Let us traverse the favourable circumstances which lead to the harmonious integration of social, intellectual and physical growth.

Leaving no one behind  Steven Arnold

The 6 -12 plane expands the finite sensorial observer of the 3 – 6 plane, to the infinite active imaginative participant in the primary years.  The cosmos is the framework that stimulates and provokes the imagination, which includes all that is known, all that is knowable and all that is not yet knowable.  We live in the universe, and it is “an imposing reality”. 

So where to start?  Leaving no one behind, does not mean that all are heading in the same direction, or even to the same venue, but that everyone engages and moves in their own dance. Grab your hats folks (and some sunscreen) we are off on a cosmic tour making sure we are leaving no one behind.

The Me You Can’t See  Aleks Zajac

Each one of us exists within a matrix of risk and protective environments that makes us what we are and determines how we interact with the world. Knowledge of these factors is critical for kaiako to understand children with additional needs and plan for the journey of compassion and support.

In this keynote address, Aleks will briefly explain the Me You Can’t See model of preparing and positioning support for children with additional needs, including the importance of care for the kaiako’s own mental health. The goal of this presentation is to lay a foundation upon which the following age group workshops will build.

Sunday Workshop Sessions

Communication for the 0-3 child  Carli Hausler

Part 1:  Establishing an environment where “I am heard” is critical to well-being. This session will explore the needs of the child aged 0-3 with an emphasis on supporting emotional development to maintain authentic communication.

Part 2:  This session will take a closer look at the prepared physical environment and how we can best support children’s growing ability to express themselves.

Part 3: What does preparation of the adult look like so we can clearly see, understand and support the needs of the child. In this session we will take a look at Dr Montessori’s perspectives on observation and freedom and limits and how they support children’s (and our own) authenticity.

The Me You Can’t See  Aleks Zajac

Session 1:  In this age-specific breakout session, Aleks will discuss in more detail the most prevalent early childhood disorders, including anxiety (separation anxiety, selective mutism), ADHD, childhood depression and autism, and lead the group to discuss the best ways to support tamariki with those conditions in the context of a Montessori classroom.

Session 2:  Behaviour disorders are usually those that place the most strain on a primary school teacher. While all tamariki need our understanding and support, some communicate it in a way that is at times difficult to address. In this workshop, Aleks will lead the group to look deeper into mood and conduct disorders, suggest strategies and discuss possible sources of support for the child, the classroom and the teacher.

A tātou Haerenga (our journey)  Helena Tihanyi & Dimitra Pantazis

Come join us to hear of the journey we are on to strengthen our biculturalism knowledge and implementation in our environment. We will share where we started from, what we have all gained and the direction we would like to head on our te ao Māori journey.

Collective Wellbeing  Rose Phillips

This workshop touches on some theory but it’s main aim is to equip you with practical ideas to take back to your work environment. Its focus is to build relationships – this can be amongst staff or amongst the tamariki/rangatahi you are responsible for. This year I have been tasked with leading the  ‘embedding’ of wellbeing within our school. What does that mean? Come along and gather (and share) ideas that may work!!! (This workshop does not involve yoga or meditation.)

A Montessori Cosmic Journey through music  Pauline Harter

We will learn new waiata that connect our Montessori materials, stories and activities with Te Reo. A celebration of our Bi-cultural community.  We will learn songs, chants and dances from the many countries around the world and that we celebrate throughout the year in our multi- cultural community.

Bring your own ukulele and be prepared to have fun.

Environmental Science and Change  Helen Ramsdale

This session will focus on the journey my students have taken towards community awareness, sustainability, developing learner agency and engagement.  I will unpack the structures and processes involved, share practical ideas, examples, templates and tips for going on your own journey.   I will also share (briefly) re the impact on the school, students and the wider community, and where to next.

Montessori care for the elderly and persons with dementia  Maria Torres

This is an introductory presentation on Montessori care for the elderly and persons with dementia. It will cover exactly what this is, why it is appropriate in our Aotearoa context and information about training which people can do in this field.

Let’s Take a Walk in the Garden  Carol Potts

Tamariki have a fervent thirst for language; for words that pique their curiosity, impel them to explore socially, and aid their adaptation to our world.   In this workshop we will explore the linguistic riches of the outside environment.  Do you know the names of the plants in your garden? Or in which direction roots grow ? Or the names of the leaf shapes? 

Let’s explore the World of Plants, including a colourful selection of the botany ‘keys’.

MJ2Ex  Michela Homer & Cathy Wilson

MJ2Ex was designed as a way to support quality in Montessori in Aotearoa New Zealand. Many services/schools are using this document in ways that can inspire and support sustained changes and improvements. In this session, we invite you to come along and listen to kaiako who are using MJ2Ex in a variety of ways with the intent to inspire you when you go back to your own  services and schools.

Trade Exhibitors

We are pleased to announce this years trade exhibitors.

Te Reo Singalong Books:  Have a great range of fun and engaging Māori language resources for children and teachers throughout Aotearoa.  To find out more visit their website.

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Heltvativa’s mission is to provide better value for Montessori teachers by supplying sustainably produced, long-lasting Montessori resources that meet the requirements and budgets of New Zealand Montessori early learning services and schools.

The Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF) is the official New Zealand teacher training centre of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), welcoming both New Zealand and international students.

Sharp provides the following products and support to assist our members in being original.
Microwaves Commercial Microwaves Fridges Calculators Software Digital Displays Business Phone Systems Internet and WAN Dynabook Laptops Visitor Management System  Process Consultancy



Substitutions: If you have registered and paid but are unable to attend then you are welcome to substitute someone to take your place. Please contact us with the new attendees name and details as soon as possible. You can make substitutions up until one week prior to the workshop.

Cancellations and Refunds: Please email if you wish to amend or cancel your registration. A full refund less a $100 service fee will be issued for cancellations received on or before 31 May, 2022.

No refunds will be issued after 15 June, 2022. 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. When booking flights MANZ recommends that you book with a Flexi-fare so you can change flying dates or obtain a refund – just in case.


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.  Special Dietary requests will only be accepted until 11 am on Friday 24 June 2022.  We thank you for your understanding in this matter.


MANZ, PO Box 31461, Lower Hutt 5040.

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



MANZ Conference 2022

Date: 9 - 10th July 2022
Location: Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand
Address: 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington