about US

Kia ora,

My name is Anna and I am owner, operator and qualified teacher here at Ruru House. You will see me amongst the tamariki and other kaiako.  My husband Nathan works locally in Bell Block.  He likes to be behind the scenes, tinkering in his shed, inventing cool resources and offering moral support. Joe is our son and you will be seeing him at Ruru.  He is our chief resource tester, playground critic and lover of fish and chips.  You may come across other members of my whānau as Ruru is situated on our whānau land.

I was born and raised on the land where Ruru is built and reside next door.  I feel connected to this land and feel a responsibility (kaitiaki) to ensure it is nurtured.  I have had a vision for long time to be able to offer our extended family land as a place for discovery and learning. A base for children to foster a love of nature and that supports children to take healthy risks to develop their sense of self.

Before embarking on my teaching journey we lived in Wellington then abroad and worked in a range of roles that focused on business administration and IT support.  The opportunity arose to come back to settle in Lepperton, a real slice of paradise in our corner of the world.  The urge to become a teacher grew and I became qualified through Canterbury University in 2011. 

We hope you feel at home at Ruru House 💚


246 Richmond Road, Lepperton

Our Hours

Monday to Friday 7.45am - 5.15pm

w: www.ruruhouse.co.nz

Centre owner

Anna Ryder (BTchLn ECE)

p: 021 156 3300

e: anna@ruruhouse.co.nz

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Education is not a linear process of preparation for the future: it is about cultivating the talents and sensibilities through which we can live our best lives in the present and create the future for ourselves”
— Sir Ken Robinson