We are  passionate educators who believe in supporting the students, and their individual growth and learning.  We care for our environment, our people and our world.


Steven Arnold


Peace Experiment was set up by Steven Arnold in March 2017. A passionate teacher by training - he has dedicated his life to education. 

Steven is a Montessori trained teacher 0 - 3 (cert); 3 - 6; 6 - 12, 12 - 15, & 15 - 18yr olds (Diplomas); MEd; Dip Tchng (NZ), BA, BSc, PGDipED, LTCL, LSB, ASB, ANZDA (Accred); SCA (Accred).

He is a teacher trainer, lecturer, principal, teacher, consultant, guest speaker, parent, board and trustee member. With overseas experience in England, Brunei and Australia, he has taught all levels of education from primary to tertiary.

Steven established New Zealand's first Montessori Secondary School in 2002 - Athena Montessori College, then he became principal at Brisbane Montessori School, and has recently been the Senior Lecturer in Montessori Education at AUT University.
Peace Experiment is the only fully independent Montessori Secondary Education provider in New Zealand.

Here is a podcast recorded after Steven went to Bulgaria to speak at the European Montessori Congress (2018)

Marie Kaukura

Mentor, pastoral care and environment




  • The Peace Experiment Trust (formed 2016)is a not-for-profit organisation, with charitable trust status that is non-religious (all religions and belief sets welcome); and independent.  The trust governs and owns the school.  The purpose of the Trust is to educate people, particularly youth, adults and teachers.

    The school is registered with the NZ Ministry of Education, #787.

    In particular the Trust will:

    operate a Montessori school, as accessible as possible and open to all students, within the realm of ideas recognized by those who have studied Montessori, and also extending those ideas;
    provide opportunities for Montessori teacher education
    Engage in peace work, activism and community celebration
        other adult education
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History -Panmure (Mokoia), Auckland

Panmure’s proud heritage goes back to pre-European times when the Panmure area (or Mokoia as it was known) was home to the Ngati Hura people, and was the largest Maori community in New Zealand due to the fertile soils and abundant fishing in the Tāmaki Estuary and Panmure Basin.

Strategically placed for rapid access by canoe to the Waitematä Harbour, Hauraki Gulf and North Island east coast as well as 4km up the Tāmaki Estuary was the portage that provided canoe access to the Manukau Harbour and the west coast.

Settlement by the tribes in the area between the Tāmaki River and Maungarei  (Mokoia and Mauinaina Pa) became well established and was highly valued  because of the easy access to good garden land, swamps and lakes, marine resources and many fresh water springs. 

The inhabitants of the two Pa were destroyed in 1821, by marauding warriors from the north. Led by the chieftain Hongi Hika, the invaders had the technological advantage of modern weapons acquired through earlier contact with Europeans and decimated the population. The Ngati Paoa never returned to the area, where a thousand of their number had been slain and the land slowly returned to be covered by fern and manuka.

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