As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Waldorf school in Europe, over 3,000 children attend Steiner/Waldorf schools or early childhood centres in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our History

During the mid 1980s, a group of Steiner/Waldorf Schools and the Adult Education Centre established the Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand to facilitate the exchange of information, to promote education, to safeguard its integrity and to be the body that would represent Steiner/Waldorf Education legally when interfacing with organisations such as the Ministry of Education and the Crown.

The Federation represents the interests of Steiner schools that are part of the state system along with independent schools. Since this inception, many more schools have been established and joined the Federation.

Name Change to SEANZ

During 2018, the name of the Federation was changed to Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand (SEANZ) to better reflect a broader educational involvement than merely schools, as well as to bring the name into a contemporary and inclusive context. The SEANZ Directory lists the full complement of members and associates and provides contact details along with specific websites.

As the educational environment has developed in New Zealand, Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand has increased its interaction with other agencies, such as the Ministry of Education, the Association of Integrated Schools and the Education Review Office.

SEANZ is committed to enhancing the profile of Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) Education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Members, whilst all working out of the educational indications of Rudolf Steiner, interpret these in their individual ways. This diversity is considered a strength of the movement and the independence of each member is respected. Members collaborate in a number of forums including professional development and meetings convened by Steiner Education Aotearoa New Zealand where issues of strategic significance are debated.

SEANZ offers various services to support its members. Please Contact Us for more information.

The NZ Certificates of Steiner Education (previously Steiner School Certificates) are secondary school qualifications which are owned by the SEANZ Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. and delivered, quality-managed and developed by the Steiner Education Development Trust (SEDT) under license. SEDT accredits and contracts providers (normally schools) to deliver the programmes and awards the Certificates at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Further information can be found at the following link

Steiner Education Development Trust is the company that has been granted the licence agreement to manage and develop the SSC/NZCSE in New Zealand and internationally from September 2014.

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New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma
New Zealand Steiner Teacher Diploma (Early Childhood) (NZSTD-EC) The NZSTD(EC) works in cooperation with Steiner Education Aoteara New Zealand (SEANZ) and is endorsed by the International Association of Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE). The programme has been specifically designed for people working in Steiner kindergartens, early childhood centres, home-based situations and playgroups, who would …
Kolisko 2021
Kolisko 2021 will go ahead on Wednesday July 14, running till Saturday July 17 and it will be held at Taikura in Hastings. See you there! Download Event Brochure (PDF)