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Why Us?

We are dedicated to making a difference to childrens’ lives and their planet! All children are created differently and we celebrate and nourish this.
Talking Tree Hill is the engine room for research and development of  creativity, nature education and innovation for children’s mind and body health. Papatuanuku is our first teacher, so we must respect and connect to her before we need to protect her. We foster the authenticity and curiosity of all children through outdoor and ‘real green learning’ experiences.

Our Planet.
Kaitiakitanga. Oneness

Promoting education that fosters caring relationships with
ourselves, others and the planet.

Advancing authentic voice, creativity and nature education
for the betterment of future generations.
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Spirit & Planet

Together we help children identify, embrace and value their true-self and develop their authentic voice. 



Through experiences of curiosity, creativity and connection, children develop strength and pride in their unique cultural story, spiritual identity and emotional language

Mind & Planet

Together we help children develop, empower and practice critical thinking, problem solving and behaviour awareness.


Through opportunities for inquiry and mindfulness, children learn to connect with and explore their thoughts, feelings and actions.

A tree illustration, a brown trunk with green leaves made out of hand prints and red paisley. In the tree trunk there is a white figure and it says Body and PlanetA tree illustration, a brown trunk with green leaves made out of hand prints and red paisley. In the tree trunk there is a white figure and it says Body and Planet

Body & Planet

Together we help children learn to nourish their body, community and planet

Through the practice of real green essential skills, healthy consumerism and conscious eating, children learn to sustain a healthy planet and give back to their community.

A tree illustration, a brown trunk with green leaves made out of hand prints and red paisley. In the tree trunk there is a white figure and it says Spirit and Planet

Spirit & Planet

Together we help children identify, embrace and value their true-self and develop their authentic voice. 



Through experiences of curiosity, creativity and connection, children develop strength and price in their unique cultural story, spiritual identity and emotional language

A tree illustration, a brown trunk with green leaves made out of hand prints and red paisley. In the tree trunk there is a white figure and it says Mind and Planet

Mind & Planet

Together we help children identify, embrace and value their true-self and develop their authentic voice. 



Through experiences of curiosity, creativity and connection, children develop strength and price in their unique cultural story, spiritual identity and emotional language

A tree illustration, a brown trunk with green leaves made out of hand prints and red paisley. In the tree trunk there is a white figure and it says Body and Planet

Body & Planet

Together we help children identify, embrace and value their true-self and develop their authentic voice. 



Through experiences of curiosity, creativity and connection, children develop strength and price in their unique cultural story, spiritual identity and emotional language

Talking Tree Hill Kaiako

Come meet their awesomeness!
Julie Moore
(Dip primary Teaching, Dip Performance Flute Massey University, Dip Flute Australian Music Examinations Board, Grade 8 Piano).
Biography
Kirsten Simmons
(Dip ECE, Bed, MEd) is a mother, registered teacher and child advocate for holistic wellbeing and planet kindness.
Biography
Lucy Cherrington
BA Hons Languages, Cert in Steiner Ed

Biography
Jess Singh
Drama and Arts facilitator who graduated from Leeds University UK with a First class BA Hons degree in Drama and Arts Education.
Biography
Dafna Kaplan


Biography
Lynsey Champion
TEFL Certificate Oxford and Cambridge

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Talking Tree Hill Charitable Trust

The Talking Tree Hill Charitable Trust is a registered charity with the NZ Charities Commission (ref CC58427). The trust was set up to support the long term plans for Talking Tree Hill, a nature-based education facility on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.


TALKING TREE HILL VISION
Healthy Children. Healthy Planet.
An educational community to advance the holistic wellbeing of our children and their planet - locally, nationally and globally.


TALKING TREE HILL PURPOSE
To sow and nurture the seeds of nature-based creative change throughout the education community.

TALKING TREE HILL MISSION
Cultivating and connecting identity, awareness and authentic action in an outdoor mindful educational environment.

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