Hands-on Education&Training


I arrived at Steve's Confidence With Tools workshop feeling aprehension at the prospect of using power tools. I left with a finished product ready for painting, a sense of accomplishment, and new confidence in my tool handling skills. Steve is knowledgeable and passionate about woodworking, and encouraged us to experiment with a variety of tools (power and hand), giving clear instructions on the correct and safe handling of all used. An enjoyable, informative, and productive session.

       Sharon Edinborough
       Workshop participant



Thanks to Steve for a great afternoon - excellent teaching, fun skill learning, and the most I've learnt in a workshop ever! Steve is a natural teacher willing to impart his passion for making and learning, and his considerable experience, guiding us all safely towards exploring possibility and our own creative capacity.

       Katy Carter
       Workshop participant



Wonderful Steve.. you have been an amazing teacher & so far I have really embraced my learning experience with you.. I love the feel of Wøod & I'm so pleased with the progress I have made with your help


       Raewyn Darrach
       life long learner



Steve came to Waimokoia in 2002 and introduced a fresh approach to teaching and learning.  With extensive knowledge of environmental and project based learning, a successful teaching background, along with an in-depth understanding of the technology curriculum he was quickly able to motivate students and staff to join him in a creative approach to learning.

Steve is a visionary with the ability to turn a dream into reality.  Steve impresses us all with his knowledge, enthusiasm, work ethic, care and compassion for people and a genuine desire to improve the world in which we live.

Our students are very challenging and others before Steve have become disillusioned when attempting to introduce new initiatives into the school.  Steve has been unwavering in his positive attitude about what our children can achieve.  In all cases they have proved him correct.

       Lorraine Guthrie
       former CEO Waimokoia School



Steve is an asset to our staff with his commitment to children and young people, his understanding of their very special education needs and his ability to cater for these needs, and bring the joy of achievement into their lives at school. Over the time he has worked for us, the students have participated in a number of challenging activities which have given them opportunities to practice many social and practical skills such as patience, caring for others, taking turns, trying out new things, problem solving, managing resources, using tools and IT, sharing and finishing tasks, public speaking and organizing events, all of which have led to the development of greater feelings of enthusiasm, motivation, and self-worth.

Steve spreads his enthusiasm across our staff as well, and all of those who have been involved in this programme have come away with a sense of satisfaction and pride in the achievements of their students. We know that Steve will take his attributes to the other side of the world and continue to use them for the betterment of communities who have suffered great losses. We hope that along the way he will be able to support intellectually disabled students to access educational opportunities .

        Kathy Dooley
        Principal Mt Richmond School



Steve has a great rapport with the students who have a wide range of abilities and disabilities, Steve brings out skills with these children that they didn’t know they had.  He challenges them, encourages them, and expects them to work hard and give it a go.


        Janine Nielsen
        Ambury Farm Ranger



Really enjoyed the presentation, very informative. Liked being able to work with the tools and logs. Very knowledgeable tutor, experienced and creative.



        Teacher Early Years



Highly enjoyable experience, learned lots.



        Kristie Choi
        Teacher Early Years



The staff were very nervous at first but they had a fantastic day; they are now in the staff room all buzzed up



        Senior Manager

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