Passionate about Māori Education

Māori students have the right to learn as Māori   

Background

Although I whakapapa to the East and West Coasts 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 I am currently completing my PhD in Māori Education through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, which I hope to complete at the end of 2018.

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.

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.

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 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 sector in Aotearoa.

Experience - My journey thus far

I have spent the last 10 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 Waipa District Council in the Te Awamutu Museum fulfilling a variety of Māori education roles in a variety of locations.