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Antoinette van der Weerden

17. Antoinette van der Weerden

Senior Academic Staff Member

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Antoinette van der Weerden is a teacher within the landscape and horticulture departments at Wintec. She has been teaching in this field for over nine years and practising horticulture and landscape design for over 30 years in varying positions and locations worldwide.

She is also passionate about life, the outdoors, family, tramping, the arts, plants and plant health.


Accredited Member of the New Zealand Garden Design Society (Academic)  


  • Diploma in Horticulture, Lincoln University
  • Diploma in Parks and Garden Technology, Lincoln University
  • Bachelor in Social Science, begun at Canterbury University and completed at Waikato University
  • National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (MIT)
  • Permaculture Design Certificate
  • Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, Wintec
  • Te Tauihu, Wintec
  • Te Taurapa, Wintec

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Industry experience, affiliations, and achievements

Research activity

Past research has focussed on the connection of original ecosystems and urban development.  

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What do you enjoy about teaching/your job?

Education is essential for human development and enjoyment. I love that landscape design engages people with nature, makes the most of peoples living spaces, and creates supportive and beautiful outdoor spaces in peoples homes. 

What do you love about your area?

Tell us about your experience in the industry

I have been involved in vegetation surveys in Broome, Australia, managed private historic gardens in Melbourne and run a small garden design business in Hamilton prior to employment at Wintec. I am working with a group through the Garden Design Society to raise awareness of te Ao Māori among our members, and continue to develop my te reo skills.

What keeps you busy outside of Media Arts?

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