Please meet our team...

Steven Arnold


Kia ora tatou

Welcome to Peace Experiment, I am the founder and principal. I really enjoy teaching and have been recognised nationally and internationally. I am also a teacher trainer, lecturer, principal, teacher, consultant, guest speaker, parent, board and trustee member. With overseas experience in England, Brunei and Australia, I have has taught all levels of education from early years to tertiary.

I established New Zealand's first Montessori Secondary School in 2002 - Athena Montessori College (Wellington, NZ), then I became principal at Brisbane Montessori School (Queensland, AU), and have recently been the Senior Lecturer in Montessori Education at AUT University (Auckland, NZ).

I am a Montessori trained teacher in the following age groups: 0 - 3 (assistant cert); 3 - 6; 6 - 12; 12 - 15; 15 - 18yr olds (Diplomas)

I am a registered teacher, I love drama, travel, languages and learning

I also holds the following qualifications: MEd; Dip Tchng (NZ), PGDipEd, BA, BSc, LTCL, LSB, ASB, ANZDA (Accred), SCA (Accred)

Nik Parkin


Hola, bienvenidos

I have my M.A., Teaching and Education Leadership, from Unitec and The Mind Lab, 2019. I gained my Ph.D., in Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics, from the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, 2012. I was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award (four-year full fees and stipend scholarship), and I was ranked by examiners in the top 5% of received Ph.D. theses. My other qualifications are M.A., Philosophy (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington, 2008. B.A. (Hons. 1st class), Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006. P.G.Dip., English Literature, Victoria University of Wellington, 2017 (TBC). MMEF AMI *Maria Montessori Education Foundation, with the Association of Montessori Internationale, 3-6 Basic Montessori Theory (psycho-pedagogy) Component 2020.

I love speaking Spanish, travel and visiting museums; and have completed Foreign Language (Distinction), Levels 6 and 7 (of 8), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008. I am a pretty good chef, so happy to help with any students wanting a tour of the kitchen!

Marie Kaukura


Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava

My role is as Mentor / Support, pastoral care and Guardian of the environment.

Which means I like to have fun and be there for everybody.

My main position as mentor is to be there for the students and support them as they navigate their world. I provide the wind to the students' sails. I am also their guide and student advocate. A local to the Panmure area, and a sports and movement enthusiast I am always keen to get the students to have a game, try something new or go out and about. I am there to be a good friend to everyone.

Any questions my response is always "I got this"!


Hannah Armstrong


Nga mihi

I love working with young people and has been teaching for 9 years, from primary through to adult.

I studied in Wellington, and gained the Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, Victoria University of Wellington, 2011, as well as my B.A., Art History and Religious Studies, Victoria University, Wellington 2009. I love languages, Trinity CertTESOL, English for Asia, Hong Kong 2016, and have completed my Foundation Certificate in Fashion Design, Massey University, Wellington 2005, I enjoyed my time at Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centred Classroom, Programs in Professional Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2017.

MMEF AMI *Maria Montessori Education Foundation, with the Association of Montessori Internationale, 3-6 Basic Montessori Theory (psycho-pedagogy) Component 2020.

I love sewing, dance, designing, reading and cooking!