Christine Furminger

St Cuthbert’s College

Service to Experiential Learning


Christine has been the co-director of Kahunui St Cuthbert’s remote campus, since July 2006. Along with her husband John she has been a key figure in the planning, development and of Kahunui’s use of experiential teaching pedagogy where students are empowered to explore, play and discover.

Under Christine and John's leadership, Kahunui has received awards such as the Environmental Leadership Award 2012 from Outdoorsmark and the Education Outdoors New Zealand Best Programme Award in 2009. The constant stream of requests to spend time with her from other schools is recognition in itself of this outstanding and dedicated educator.

Christine lives and breathes the philosophy of Kahunui. She cares for the students and staff literally 24/7 with each intake spending one month at the campus.

In the words of one of her former students…

“You do an incredible job at Kahunui and nothing would be possible without your compassion to teach us and motivate us to do whatever we desire with our lives. Your dedication to teach students about the outdoors is amazing and everything you do for us and explain to us comes from the heart.”

Not only has Christine's work had a significant and long-lasting impact on the lives of the young women, she has mentored and guided many young teachers, she has shared her expertise and skills at workshops and conferences within New Zealand and internationally. She has been an active researcher and has supported and mentored others to increase the body of research into experiential learning.

An inspirational, highly regarded and much loved teacher Christine is a worthy recipient of this year’s ISNZ Honours Award for Service to Experiental Learning.