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Passionate about Māori Education

Māori students have the right to learn as Māori   

Background

Although I whakapapa to the East (Ngāti Porou) and West Coasts (Te Ati Awa/Ngāti Ruanui) of Aotearoa, I was born and raised in the Manawatū where I completed all of my primary and secondary education and my first two degrees.

After completing my undergraduate studies at Massey University in 1998, I have been working in the Māori Education field in a variety of different roles. From Māori learning support to cultural and education consultation and facilitation within the Early Childhood, Primary and Tertiary sectors.

I completed my Masters degree in Education at Massey University in 2008, and my PhD in Māori Education through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, which I completed at the end of 2019.

Culture Counts

Māori students excel when they are able to learn as Māori. As a Māori Education Consultant I can give you a plethora of tools to assist you to best meet the needs of Māori students within your learning institution.


Likewise, Māori clients, patients, and staff feel safe and connected when their culture is acknowledged, recognised, and respected as the Indigenous culture of Aotearoa.  I can assist you and your team to truly understand and practice what it means to be an authentic Treaty partner.

Noho Ora

Noho Ora - Staying Well - is crucial to achievement and developing good self-esteem in all aspects of our lives.  I have come to learn the importance of having balanced wellbeing in all the dimensions of health, and this is another area of education I am passionate about.


I provide a range of services through Noho Ora, the health education arm of Māori Education Consultancy.

Why Choose Me?

I am absolutely passionate about empowering Māori students to connect with their cultural identity in order to unlock the best of their academic potential, which research continues to show is an essential element to academic success.

I love to work with educators to bring them the practical tools they need to be able to effectively work with and teach Māori students to learn as Māori, and enjoy seeing the transformational change that occurs as bicultural practice becomes natural, normal and empowering for all.

I particularly enjoy working with rangatahi Māori as a cultural mentor, and feel a connection with these young people.


Likewise, I love to work within other sectors of Aotearoa assisting businesses, social service providers and corporate sectors to become culturally sustaining in their practices and to become authentic Treaty partners.

Having grown up disconnected from my Māori identity until I was 14 years old, I understand the struggles of claiming and reclaiming cultural roots and identity, and how that effects life's journeys.

As a 'white' Māori I have experienced the realities of cultural and racial conflict from both sides of the fence, and can identify with the challenges that Māori students, staff, clients and customers face. I have developed a strong connection to all aspects of my whakapapa on both my Māori and my Pākehā sides. I am secure in my identity as a Māori woman and believe that I have much to offer to our rangatahi Māori and to the education and general sectors in Aotearoa.

Experience - My journey thus far

I have spent the last 12 years as a cultural consultant, a Te Reo Māori teacher of emergent Te Reo, a Kapahaka tutor, an education adviser, a school whānau group chairperson, a public educator, a cultural mentor and a community liaison specialist.

I have worked in 6 different schools across the Lower Waipa region, in permanent, contract, and volunteer roles assisting staff, students and whānau to develop cultural competency in a variety of ways. I particularly enjoy opportunties to engage in Education Outside the Classroom, which over the last few years have included locations such as: on Mount Pirongia, at various marae/pā, at historical sites, at the pā harakeke (flax plantation sites), and even at the local Four Square.

I have also worked for the Waipā District Council in the Te Awamutu Museum fulfilling a variety of Māori education roles in a variety of locations.  Further to this I have provided cultural training and supervision to University students from undergraduate to Masters level.


I would love to have you continue this journey with me regardless of what sector of Aotearoa you work in.


Nau mai, haere mai i tēnei haerenga mo te poipoi i te ahurea mo Aotearoa nui tonu.  Join me on this journey to grow a culturally sustainable Aotearoa.

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