The Federation of Steiner Waldorf Schools Aotearoa New Zealand are strongly committed to upholding and honouring the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and we celebrate the cultural richness and diversity in Aotearoa. Steiner/Waldorf schools are responsive to the wider cultural, social and political contexts in which they are located in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st Century.
Our schools embrace and honour Aotearoa New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage and consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and right. While acknowledging Rudolf Steiner’s work, the Federation of Steiner / Waldorf Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand works out of an approach of equity and strongly rejects any historical statements from which inferences of racial prejudice may be made.
Steiner/Waldorf schools and teacher training centres are cultural safe havens for all.
The Federation of Rudolf Steiner Waldorf Schools in New Zealand’s Curriculum Guidelines state that, “the principles that are fundamental to Steiner/Waldorf education are that it is accessible to, and able to be adapted to, the needs of different ethnicities, cultures and religions. Curriculum content allows for the exploration of a wide variety of cultural traditions and world views. Steiner/Waldorf schools in Aotearoa New Zealand strive to imbue their curricula with the unique spirit and history of this land and its peoples."