Position: Ngā Manutaki (Regional Coordinator) - Taranaki / Horowhenua / Whanganui / Manawatu
I am of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Ruanui descent on my mother’s side.
I have 20 years experience in the education sector. I am primary trained and have taught in both mainstream and bilingual education in the primary sector. For the last six years I have been employed in the secondary sector, leading an in school project with a focus on raising Māori student achievement in the mainstream and more recently, leading a secondary school cluster project with a specific interest on the transition process from intermediate to high school. During this time I have also lead a Student Engagement project, working with Māori students needing extra support both pastorally and academically.
Throughout my career, I have always been involved in searching for solutions to raise Māori student achievement within mainstream education. I have a firm belief that Māori can achieve as Māori in the mainstream learning environment as we continue to challenge our thinking in our response to Ka Hikitia.
My academic qualifications include a Master of Philosophy (Māori), a Postgraduate Diploma of Second Language Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, and a Diploma of Teaching.