We honour the life of Marie Buchler (formerly Darby), pioneering Steiner teacher, biologist and Antarctic explorer who sadly passed away on October 10, 2019, aged 79 years.

Marie was the first Class One teacher at Te Ra Waldorf School.  She was also a pioneering teacher of the Raphael House high school and was a leading light in the development of that high school.  Marie was much loved for her kindness, courage and intelligence.

Marie was the first NZ woman scientist to visit the Antarctic mainland in 1968. She visited Scott Base with other staff and tourists, after arriving on board the first tourist vessel, the Magga Dan, to the Ross Sea area.  In 2004 the New Zealand Geographic Board named a mountain after Marie called ‘Mt Darby’.

Marie was a marine biologist and particularly loved the foreshore.