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Kolisko Conference 2015

‘Trauma in Childhood and Building Resilience in the 21st Century’ Brief report from Erika Vink Understanding hidden trauma in childhood and how we can help to build resilience and heal these children was the theme of the Kolisko medical and education conference.  Seven teachers, staff and health practitioners from Motueka and Nelson attended.  In total… Read more »

Whakanoa te Whenua (blessing the land)

It was a significant, beautiful and historic day for the school community.  Sunday, May 10th started with a dawn blessing of the new school farm.  The dawn ceremony was lead by Kaumatua Tom Matthews who lifted tapu and cleared the energies so our new endeavour could flourish.  Karakia were recited and a Mauri stone buried… Read more »

Midnight Elves retreat weekend

Every year before the Spring Fair the Midnight Elves craft group go on retreat.  Its a creative weekend of stitching, stuffing, knitting, cutting out, spinning, sanding, oiling and more. Its also a very sociable occasion.  Read more, and see the photos at

Harvests Magazine

The winter 2015 edition of Harvests magazine carried a story about our plans to become a farm-based school. Read it here Harvests article winter 2015

Autumn Fair full of colour

A colourful day and a big crowd suggest the Motueka Rudolf Steiner Autumn Fair is now an established event.  Even the forecast for heavy rain did not discourage visitors.  Fortunately the rain held off until mid-afternoon and the planned bon fire was lit an hour earlier than programed.  Both local newspapers sent reporters, and for… Read more »

Our first school building

We have land, and soon we will have our first building.  Work has started on a small relocatable office so we can test some eco-building ideas, and test ourselves at managing a community build.  There are so many options and ideas when it comes to building, especially eco-friendly, natural and healthy building.  As a community… Read more »

Online crowd funding

After 31 years of providing playgroups, kindergarten, and schooling in Motueka we think there are thousands of people who have been either students, parents, grandparents, visitors or supporters.  For the first time we are reaching out to everyone and asking for a small donation to help fund the new office build. The project budget is… Read more »

Consensus Design Workshops

Christopher Day, the Welch architect and author, gave a presentation on Consensus Design at our school almost 4 years ago.  Ever since that evening we knew we would use his method when designing our new school campus.  Fast forward to February 2015 and we embarked on 10 days of consensus design workshops lead by Wellington… Read more »

We Own a Farm

It’s a dream come true.  Our small Steiner school community has firmly grasped its future as a farm based school.  March 19th is now a significant date in our history, the day we became owners of a 13.6 hectare farm (33.6 acres).   It is hard to believe that only six months ago we had… Read more »

Beach clean-up

  Students from Motueka Rudolf Steiner School joined the Big Beach Clean-up for Conservation Week.  This event is the biggest community conservation project in the region.  Our group of students scoured the section of coastline between Split Apple Rock and Marahau.  See photos here.