Meet Our Team


Kapiti Waldorf Trust:  proprietor of our land and buildings and the guardian of  our ‘Special Character’ for school and kindergarten, also oversees the governance of our Early Childhood Education at Te Rāwhiti

School Board: responsible for Te Rā school’s performance and ensures that all legal requirements are met


School Tumuaki / Co-Principals:  Kerstin Wagner & David Nicoll

Kindergarten Kaiārahi:  Shelley Wrigley (acting)

Executive Officer:  Rhonda Huntley

Financial Administrator:  Tonia Goodwin-Fox

Caretaker:  Emile van der Merwe

Receptionist:  Maxine Olsen

Enrolment Officer:  Natasha Robertson

Class teachers

Class 1:  Katherine Benge

Class 2:  André Ngāpō

Class 3:  Buck Campbell

Class 4:  Paul Fletcher & Carolyn O’Mahony

Class 5:  Mary Fryer

Class 6:  David Nicoll & Thereza Scott

Class 7:  Todd Chaplin & Nicki Young

Kindergarten teachers

Kakariki Group (Paekakariki):  Lotti Henehan

Pihipihi Group (Paekakariki):  Eija Frost

Ruru Group:  Olivia Chubb

Korimako Group:  Shelly Andrews

Kereru Group:  Gussie Gertge

Riroriro Group:  Rebecca Cooper

Playgroup Facilitator:  Natasha Robertson

Specialist teachers

Literacy Support:  Thereza Scott

Eurythmy:  Elien Hoffmans

Handwork:  Sharon Wilmhurst, Janine Walker & Maria Protassova

Woodwork:  Paul Denford

Kaiako Māori:  Rongo Ngata

Cooking:  Fiona Walker

Gardening:  Christian Boedeker & Cree Hatfield

Art:  Maria Protassova

Extra Lesson:  Mary Fryer

Orchestra:  Mary Taylor

String Programme:  Mary Taylor & Ann Taylor

Kapiti Waldorf Trust (Proprietors Trust)

The Kapiti Waldorf Trust, as governance body, founded Te Rāwhiti Kindergarten and Te Rā School. The Trust made the choice to negotiate an Integration Agreement with the Ministry of Education in order for Te Rā to become a state-integrated school with a special character (Waldorf School). The Trust continues to be the governance body that safeguards our Special Character. It ensures we deliver high quality Waldorf education and owns and/or leases the land and buildings. The Trust also holds the licence for our kindergartens operating at the Raumati South site and in Paekakariki.

KWT chair: Johannes Boele van Hensbroek

Other trust members: Shelley Wrigley (Kindergarten Licencee), David Simpson, Richard Hale, Doris Zuur, Sylvia Madden

Kapiti Waldorf Trust

School Board

Every state and state-integrated schools and kura in New Zealand is governed by Boards of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is a Crown entity. A Crown entity is an organisation that is part of New Zealand’s public sector. The board’s job is to see that everything that needs to be done gets done – legally, ethically, and as well as possible in the best interests of its students. It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction for the school or kura. The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies. At Te Rā School, the role of the principal is jointly held by two co-principals.

Board Chair: Michael Freeman (elected parent representative)

Other parent reps: Simon McKay, Gordon McKenzie, Tommy Benefield, Matt Lamason

Co-principals: Kerstin Wagner, David Nicoll

KWT reps: Shelley Wrigley, David Simpson

Staff rep: André Ngāpō

Te Rā Board Of Trustees