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 Kindergarten

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


School Tumuaki / Principal: Kerstin Wagner

Kindergarten Kaiārahi / Centre Manager: Amanda Bradley

Executive Officer: Rhonda Huntley

Financial Administrator: Tonia Goodwin-Fox

Caretaker: Jason Grundy

Receptionist: Cat Hendra

Enrolment Officer: Natasha Robertson

Class teachers

Class 1:  Aleka Beaumont

Class 2:  Sharon Wilmshurst

Class 3:  Katherine Benge

Class 4: Natasha McLean & Thereza Scott

Class 5: Buck Campbell

Class 6:  Paul Fletcher

Class 7:  Ashley Gibbs

Kindergarten teachers

Ruru Group: Olivia Chubb with Rebecca Pene & Dianna Fary

Korimako Group: Beth MacGibbon with Jill Murray

Kereru Group: Gussie Gertge with Tina Regtien and Noritta Attwood

Riroriro Group: Vanessa Baker and Rebecca Cooper with Fiona Raynel

Teacher Aide: Jill Murray (all groups)

Additional staff release: Erin Blayney

Specialist teachers

Literacy Support: Thereza Scott

Eurythmy: Sue Pegler

Handwork: Sharon Wilmhurst & Maria Protassova

Woodwork: Paul Denford

Kaiako Māori: Rongo Ngata

Cooking: Fiona Walker

Gardening: Christian Boedeker

Art: Maria Protassova

Orchestra: Mary Taylor & Ann Taylor

String Programme: Mary Taylor

Learning Support Assistants

Christine Cangardel & Ben Schmidt

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: Sylvia Madden (Kindergarten Licencee), David Simpson, Richard Hale, Doris Zuur, Natasha Robertson

Kapiti Waldorf Trust

School Board

Every state and state-integrated schools and kura in New Zealand is governed by a school board, which 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 in the best interests of its students. It is also the employer of all staff, including the principal, and sets the overall strategic direction . The principal is the board’s ‘chief executive’ and manages the school or kura in line with the board’s direction and policies.

Presiding member: Michael Freeman (elected parent representative)

Other parent reps: Veronika Munro, Alys Titchener, Steven Wheeler, Anita Mortlock

Principal: Kerstin Wagner

KWT reps: David Simpson

Staff rep: Jason Grundy