Te Āwheonui: Our Team

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Our Team

Our team is made of up ex-teachers and education researchers. We are MOE accredited facilitators and our expert partners can call upon their experience in their field of academic research and teaching to support schools.
Hine Waitere
Director

Ka huri taku mata ki te puku o te ika a Maui ara te whenua o oku iwi. Ko au te uri o tetahi whenua. Ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui me ngāi Tūhoe oku iwi.

Ki te kore ngā pūtake e mākūkūngia, e kore te rākau e tupu
If the roots of the tree are not watered, the tree will never grow

I believe in potential: yours, mine and the next generations. I also believe that potential needs to be nurtured and that education is one of the main sources of nourishment. As an educator, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, an aunt, a whānau, hapū and iwi member, I have been reminded, in our current work that unlocking potential is about having the heart, to do the head and hand work, that creates the shift - where belief not only shapes but importantly, becomes reality.

Karen Henderson
Kaihautū

Ko Mayflower tōku waka, Ko Putauaki tōku maunga, ko Rangitaiki tōku awa, ko Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi, ko Karen Henderson tōku ingoa.

Believing avidly in a collective bicultural commitment to achieve excellence and equity from our mainstream education system, I am dedicated to supporting schools on their journey towards ensuring our Māori students enjoy and achieve educational success as Māori. Being driven by the moral imperative, I strive to support schools so that together, a more socially just society can be realised; a place where both Treaty partners can enjoy the benefits that success in education offers.

Hannah Simmonds
Kaihautū

Ko Tainui te waka, Ko Waikato te awa, Ko Wharepuhunga te maunga, Ko Raukawa te iwi, Ko Ngāti Huri te hapū, Ko Pikitu te Marae.

I am committed to working with schools to address the issues of equity and excellence through Ka Hikitia – Māori students enjoying and achieving success as Māori. I have a deep working knowledge of the processes and pedagogies that support Māori students to achieve success and I am passionate about supporting leaders, teachers, whānau, hapū and iwi to contribute to this success through a potential approach.

Harata Day
Kaihautū

Ko Taiarahia te maunga, Ko Ōhinemataroa te awa, Ko Mataatua te waka, Ko Te Rewarewa te marae, Ko Te Māhurehure te hapūKo Rūātoki te ūkaipō, Ko Te Purewa te tangata, Ko Ngai Tūhoe tōku iwi

Mā ngā Kura Māori
E ngākaunui ana ahau ki te mahi tahi i te taha o ngā kaiako o roto o ngā kura Māori ki te whakahaere hui whakangungu mā rātau. Ko ētahi o ngā kaupapa e taea ai e au te kawe, ko te NCEA, Aromātairua, Whakaū Kounga, whakapakari pūkenga ako, ko te aromatawai, whakarite tono motuhake ki te Tāhūhū mo ētahi pūtea whakangungu, whakahaere hui NCEA mā te whānau.

Mā ngā Kura Auraki (For mainstream schools)
I am passionate about supporting leaders, staff and school communities to become culturally responsive, to build learning-focused relationships with Māori students by understanding tikanga Māori and the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. I am also passionate about providing support around NCEA assessment, Moderation, Quality Assurance, and improving teaching practice.

Expert Partners
  • Hine Waitere
  • Dr. Richard Smith
  • Dr. Miriama Postlethwaite
  • Rosina Taniwha
  • Pania Te Maro