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, Ngāi Tahu


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


 I so look forward to having you with us.


Intern | Kaiako Māori 

Materia Hutana 

Tēnā koutou. 

Ko Kāi Tahu, Ko Kāti Kahunuku kā iwi 

Ko Kāti Wheke, ko Kāi Tuahuriri kā hapu 

No ōtautahi ahau

Ko Materia Hutana tōku ikoa


I have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge. I love a good wānaka where that is sitting down and re-learning whakapapa, to learning about the Maori atua, or how to make the best caramel steamed pudding or my favourite, weaving. I love the arts and crafts because I am re-learning crafts that my Tīpuna used when they were walking around the motu. At the moment I have a passion for working with Rakatahi, learning, connecting and growing with them.

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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