Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust

Jacqui Settle – Chairperson (co-chair & enrolments)

My family and I fell into Montessori Education while living in Hong Kong - we're grateful that we can continue with Montessori learning in Matakana. I have a background in Health Sciences and Occupation, and value that my children can choose to work on what is interesting them. 

Dan Paine – Chairperson (co-chair)

We moved to Matakana in 2005 and several years later when considering our young children's education, we discovered Montessori through the positive word-of-mouth we were hearing from families about Totara Hill Montessori Pre-school. The shared learning environment and the way that this form of learning strives to instil strong self-confidence really resonates with me.

Stef Robertson – Treasurer

We discovered Montessori by accident when our oldest was three. We fell in love with the philosophy and how Montessori is setting our tamariki up to be life long passionate learners and meaningful global citizens.


We currently have two children at Mahurangi Montessori Primary, another at Totara Hill and one more ready to start as soon as she is able.

Christine Sheehy – Secretary/Policy

Our family discovered Montessori education when we first moved to the Matakana area in 2009. All three of our children flourished at their Montessori preschool and the older two are now thriving as confident independent learners in the Montessori class at Matakana School. They both enjoy the mixed age learning environment and I believe the shared learning experiences have strengthened their sibling bond.  

Tara Southgate – Communications

I discovered Montessori through a friend whose two teenage boys had an extensive Montessori education.  I've always been impressed with how smart, creative and articulate they are, but also the high level of emotional intelligence they seem to have.


When I got around to having children I enrolled them at the local Montessori Pre-school.  Later, to my disappointment, there were no local Montessori primary schools so our family relocated to Matakana so that our children could continue their Montessori education.


Cees van Egmond – Trustee

Mariska and I discovered Montessori through the Helensville Montessori Pre-School, back in 2007. Heather and her team, and subsequently the teachers at Huapai District School, did a great job 'converting' us. When it was time for Yma to go to a primary school, we were looking for a smaller school. A conversation with Jane, the then-teacher, proved that Room 15 would be the inclusive environment we were looking for, so we moved here. And we're still glad we did. We believe that through education we can make the world a better place, so I look forward to do my bit through this Trust.