Founder | Lead Kaiako & Mentor

Katie Earle

Kia ora, I'm Katie. I've been on a quest for meaningful connection with self, others and our whenua, which has led me on a fifteen-year journey around the world. I've taught from South Auckland to Alaska,  inner-city London, to the wilds of East Africa, before returning back to my tūrangaewaewae, Te Pataka o Rakaihautū,  The Banks Peninsula. 


Over the past ten years, I have been designing and delivering experiential place-based (localised) curriculums that showcase dual worldviews. Recently,  I was Adjunct Faculty at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and enjoyed collaborating with the Native Education Department.    Prior to this, I worked for six years in the Environmental Education Team at Christchurch City Council (CCC). I relished my lead role in providing bi-cultural perspectives with help from Māori advisors and also participating in Aoraki Bound with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.   During this time, I also managed to get national funding for a 'pasture to milk' programme for an organic farm. 


Other highlights in my career have been teaching in low decile schools, across Ōtautahi Christchurch,  Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and Kampala, Uganda. In these roles, I was dedicated to exploring holistic real-world learning experiences that would enable all whānau and ākonga| learners to thrive.  


When not working, I love to spend time with family and friends, tramp, forage, kayak, garden and travel off the beaten track.

Grad Dip of Teaching (Primary)  
MSc in Education for Sustainability 
Te Ara Reo Māori  (Level 2 Certificate), Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, NZ 
Te Papa Tikanga (Level 3 Certificate)  Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, NZ
Aoraki Bound, Kupe 15, Kāi Tahu


Health & Safety Operational Lead | Mentor

Joshua Broadhurst 

Kia ora, I'm Josh. I grew up in Christchurch.


At school, I didn't fit into 'the box' that the education system thought I should. I was labelled with ADHD and Dyslexia at seven and felt extremely alienated and alone at school. For the next part of my life, I played out 'the rebel' to the nth degree which over fifteen years saw me learn many painful lessons. The last decade has been an epic journey of healing and integration which has revealed a sense of purpose deeply tied to Ōtautahi and our future generations. I'm passionate about regenerative farming, composting and circular systems. When I'm not working, I'm in the bush, exploring a mountain or a river somewhere. I'm extremely excited to be working at Bush Farm and supporting the flourishing of our tamariki.


Mātauranga and Te Āo Māori Lead | Mentor

Ruth Patuwai-Beere

He Tuhinga O whenua me mua.
To be a keeper or guardian of nature is to welcome nature to be a present part of our daily lives.

Ngati Porou  me Ngati Mutunga O Wharekauri nga iwi
No Otautahi te Papakainga
Ko Kaiako me kaitohutohu matauranga
No reira,

I am from a large whanau of six siblings. I started my career in Southland, Murihiku, and have taught overseas (Russia, Cambodia, Thailand), as well as working with refugee and migrant whanau.  In- between I have done Radio DJ ing, Music production and performance, Art projects and met lots of interesting creatives. My passion is building and making connections with all kinds of learners, and empowering them to become self-managing- Tinorangatiratanga. There is nothing more satisfying. I love to explore Te Ngahere me Te kai Moana, Māori gardening and navigation. There are so many stories to be told, shared and experienced as Tangata Whenua or Mauwhenua alike. I look forward to using my skills, knowledge and lived experience as a Maori woman and a Kaiako Atawhai.

Nga Mihi Koutou.

Farmer | Mentor,  Orton Bradley Park 

Stella Bauer

Hi, I’m Stella. I originally come from Berlin, Germany but came to New Zealand in 2009.

I fell in love with farming from my New Zealand partner, Tom who passed his knowledge onto me.  Working on the farm is an utter privilege to experience nature so closely. I enjoy how the job is so varied. I do everything from looking after our financial budgets, stock management to mustering sheep & cattle, sorting wool and caring for all the animals including our working dogs. When not working, you can find me baking, playing strategic games or doing photography.  I love having a balanced work-life and welcoming others to the farm. 


 I so look forward to having you with us.

Plus a  whole host of exemplary members in our wider Bush Farm community who give their passion, time and dedication in bringing their skill-set to you.   

Valmai Becker

Herbalist, naturopath, gardener, teacher, learner and caretaker of 30 acres of forest and gardens. 

{@ Phytofarm}

John Lawry

Crafter, carver, firemaker, hands on experiential outdoor facilitator with over 25 years experience.

{@ Artisian Pathways}

Laura Beck

Farmer, gardener, all rounder in organics and natural farming. 

{@ Laura's Dairy}

Gunther Gordon Hammer

Bushcraft, outdoor guide, woodwork teacher with over 25 years experience.

{@ ProGuides NZ }

Te Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour,
Te Pataka o Rakaihautū  The Banks Peninsula,
Aotearoa New Zealand
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