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Montessori is a style of teaching developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor. It’s based on her scientific findings, many of which have now been verified by modern research.


Walk into any Montessori classroom today, and you’ll see happy, relaxed, engaged children, thriving in a space where they’re free to do the things they enjoy. It’s an approach to education that values independence, hands-on learning, real-world application and problem-solving. Montessori teaching is highly personalised to the learning style and pace of each child, rather than being based on the average child.

New Zealand Montessori primary schools are often classes within state primary schools, supported by parent Trusts. This is the case with Pakiri Montessori and the Mahurangi Montessori Primary Trust (MMPT).


The MMPT was set up by a group of parent volunteers who wanted to extend the benefits of their children’s Montessori education from pre-school into primary school. They formed a charitable Trust in September 2007, opened Mahurangi Montessori Primary at Matakana School in 2009 and relocated to Pakiri School in 2019.  Read more


A New Era Begins: Ko Tahi te Hikoi Whakamua • Forward Together

Our relocation to Pakiri School is complete! 


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About Montessori

Key differences to state primary schools

Planes of development, teachers as guides, self-learning structure, self-correcting hands-on learning materials, mixed age classrooms and...

What does a typical day look like?

The children plan their day in their work journals, and then the three-hour work cycle begins. As a child completes each activity on their plan, they check it off.