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Mere Berryman

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare
Professor | Poutama Pounamu Director & Expert Partner
+64 27 589 4577

If we are to reap the benefits of Māori students fashioning and leading our future, and we must if our nation is to truly flourish, then ensuring the alignment of those in the academy and in the sector to step up, continues to be the imperative. This requires leaders who are able to weave (raranga) groups of people (tira) together in order to collaborate towards greater cohesion.

Rangatira therefore is the discursive position from which I am attempting to undertake this work. This means that unlike more traditional scholarship that sees the academia as a series of singular endeavours and successes, I understand it as being able to contribute to the success of others andknowing and acknowledging the strength of working together.

Therefore, like the Māori term for leader, rangatira and Freire’s writing I see my real strength and scholarship comes from “being with people”.

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Elizabeth Eley

Ngāti Pākehā, Scotland
Dip.Tchg, B.Ed, M.Ed
Poutama Pounamu Associate Director & Expert Partner
+64 22 067 1673

Through a lifetime in education, I have not lost my commitment to doing all we can to reach New Zealand’s vision for education: to lift aspirations, raise educational achievement for every New Zealander. Our role as educators is to ensure that every student enjoys and achieves educational success, strong and secure in their cultural identity.

I have extensive experience across the education system, including primary and secondary schools - in teaching and leadership roles, the Education Review Office and the Ministry of Education.

I am proud to be part of the Poutama Pounamu whānau – committed to excellence, equity and belonging for all.

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Margaret Egan

Pākehā/ New Zealand European of Irish and Scots descent
Dip.Tchg. MSc(Hons), PGDip.Ed Leadership
Expert Partner & Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 704 9720

Our capacity is boundless when our curiosity is sparked, we are challenged beyond our comfort zone, we see familiar things from another perspective, we can connect our learning to who we are and what we know, we learn with and from others. Ki te kore koe e hoe i tō waka, if we don’t continue to challenge ourselves with questioning, reflecting and developing new skills, new ways of being and responding, kāore tō waka e tū, ka hoki whakamuri, we won’t just stand still, we will go backwards.

Beginning my career as a science teacher, I have been a dean, head of department and deputy principal in secondary schools.

I strive to be a culturally responsive educator and leader who works collaboratively to transform learning contexts and systems to promote a more socially just, equitable and bicultural Aotearoa.

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Therese Ford

Ngāi Takoto, Ngāti Pākehā
Dip.Tchg, B.Ed, PGDip.Ed Leadership, M.Ed Leadership
Expert Partner & Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 448 8949

I am a passionate educator who is committed to developing a high-performing education system that reflects equity and quality outcomes for all learners. Accordingly, social justice is a moral imperative that has underpinned my work as a teacher and a senior leader in both primary and secondary school settings.

The sense of personal and professional responsibility I feel to reduce disparities between Māori and non-Māori students informed my decision to join the Te Kotahitanga Professional Development Team as a Professional Development Specialist in 2011.

Since 2014 I have worked as Academic Director and facilitator in Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success where I have continued to focus on equity and quality education outcomes for all learners, with a particular focus on Māori students.

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Dawn Lawrence

Tauiwi from Essex, England
Dip.Tchg, PGDip, M.Ed(First Class Hons)
Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 458 1286

As tauiwi I believe I have a responsibility to contribute to the vision of partnership given voice within Te Tiriti o Waitangi. As an educator I actively seek to realise this through working to ensure social justice, equity and culturally responsive ways of being are at the heart of our education system.

I have worked in the secondary sector since 1995 as a teacher, middle leader, a school based professional development facilitator, a member of the Te Kotahitanga Research and Professional Development team at The University of Waikato, and as an Academic Director and kaitoro / facilitator within Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success at the University of Auckland.

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Iti Joyce

Ngāpuhi, Tainui
Dip.Tchg, BLS, PGDip, M.Ed(First Class Hons)
Accredited Facilitator
+64 22 067 1689

I am passionate in ensuring we deliver a socially just education system that reflects equity, equality and social justice. This moral imperative previously led me in my professional capacity to become the lead facilitator of Te Kotahitanga in a large secondary school.

In 2006 I then joined the Te Kotahitanga Research and Professional Development team as a regional coordinator to provide professional development for teachers and leaders in schools.

Since 2014 I have worked as a team leader and kaitoro in Kia Eke Panuku, where I continue to focus on equitable outcomes for all learners with a particular focus on Māori students.

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Raewyn Ngaamo

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngā Pui, Ngatai Pakeha
Expert Partner & Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 510 8191

I believe in an education system where there are equitable outcomes for all.

I have worked towards this goal in each of my roles throughout my career - from Primary school through to secondary school teaching, striving to develop teams and individuals who can make a positive difference in education. I have developed a deep working knowledge of what it takes to support schools through my involvement in Te Kotahitanga from 2001 as a participating teacher, then as an in-school facilitator, and subsequently as an external advisor with Team Solutions.

In 2009 I worked as a secondary education advisor in Māori achievement with UC Education Plus (University of Canterbury). In 2010 I joined the Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Function Practitioner. Recently I have worked as a kaitoro/ facilitator for Kia Eke Panuku and now continue this important kaupapa through Waikato University.

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Robbie Lamont

Ngāti Pākehā
Dip.Tchg, PGDip(SNRT), M.Ed(Hons)
Accredited Facilitator
+64 21 791 503

My passion for supporting teachers and school leaders to understand and implement culturally responsive pedagogy stems from the belief that every child who walks through the school gate, no matter where they are, has the right to an education that supports them to pursue their potential.

As Pākehā I believe I have a responsibility to contribute through bi-cultural partnership to realising the intent of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in our schools and in our society. Since 2005 my professional role has been focused in the secondary sector, as a member of Te Kotahitanga team based at Waikato University from 2007 – 2014, and most recently as a member of the leadership team and as a PLD facilitator with Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success.

I began my journey in education in the primary sector and am excited at the possibility of contributing what I have learned over the last 12 years to support and benefit students, teachers and school leaders in primary schools.

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Zac Anderson

Tauiwi from Sydney, Australia
Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 544 6244

I strive to be a transformative leader, where equity, inclusion and social justice remain paramount to achieving educational reform in Aotearoa.

I embrace my obligation as a bi-cultural Treaty partner in realising the potential of Māori students succeeding as Māori. I am committed to ensuring the principles of a culturally responsive and relational pedagogy remain the foundation of my practice at multiple levels.

I lead with positivity, innovation, creativity and fresh thinking. I have expertise in promoting deep learning through critically reflective conversations in order to effect positive and sustainable change in pedagogical practice.

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Alex Hotere-Barnes

Pākehā New Zealander
MA (Hons), Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi
Expert Partner & Accredited Facilitator
+64 27 309 2977

“Whakamatauria te mātauranga hei whakairo i ō whakaaro.” - Eruera Manuera.

I am a fifth generation bilingual Pākehā New Zealander. I was raised in Tauranga Moana within the kaupapa Māori educational movement. I have affiliations to Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Pareraukawa. Through my wife’s whānau I affiliate to Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Wai, Te Aupōuri and Te Rarawa.

My background in educational research and evaluation has included work alongside whānau, hapū, iwi, schools, tertiary institutions, and the nonprofit and community sectors. I am interested in growing the critical theory and application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in education specifically, and across New Zealand generally.

I have broad interests in education policy and systems change. As a critical qualitative researcher and evaluator, I work within the paradigms of critical theory, kaupapa Māori and developmental evaluation. Presently I work as an Expert Partner and facilitator in kura and Schools. I am passionate about understanding what structural elements improve family and whānau educational, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing.

My personal interests include: philosophy, languages, hip-hop, meditation, basketball, staying fit and healthy, and having a laugh!

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Johnson Davis

Ngāti Raukawa
Dip.Tchg, B.Ed, PGDip.Ed (Distinction)
Accredited Facilitator
+64 21 1098 162

Ko Maungatautari te Maunga, ko Waihou te awa, ko Tainui te waka
Ko Raukawa ki te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere te rohe, te pae o Tapapa te whenua tapu
Ko Raukawa te iwi, ko Tūkorehe te hapū, ko Ruapeka te marae
Ko Rangimarie te wharenui. Tihei mauri ora ki a koutou katoa.

I am a highly dedicated and experienced educational leader committed to championing equity, excellence and belonging for all learners.

My senior leadership experience in primary and secondary settings, co-educational and Boys’ schools and recent tertiary study, ensures I have the relevant professional knowledge and expertise to support and make a difference.

My personal and professional commitment to equity, excellence and belonging is shaped by a range of leadership experiences. I have an unrelenting commitment and passion to ensure the guiding articles of honourable leadership, Māori agency and equity for all are realised for Māori learners and their diverse communities across the country.

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Katie Pennicott

Ngāti Porou
Post Graduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Literacy University of Canterbury (Distinction) 1999 Bachelor of Education- Teaching Primary Bilingual Otago University
Accredited Facilitator

Ko Hikurangi te maunga,
Ko Waiapu te awa,
Ko Horouta te waka,
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi.

I am a passionate, committed educator and an equally passionate, committed learner. Within my kete of experience sits curriculum development, assessment and use of data, effective deliberate professional acts, mentoring, change management, teaching as inquiry trans-language approaches towards bi-literacy, and a personal commitment to ongoing learning through postgraduate study.

At the heart of my practice is my moral purpose to address intergenerational educational disparities. This has underpinned my work as a teacher, school leader, postgraduate student, author, Kāhui Ako leader and as an accredited facilitator.

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Catherine Welham

BA, PGDip (Teaching and Learning), MA(Education)
Accredited Facilitator
+ 64 220153571

Ko Matawhaura toku maunga,
ko Kaituna toku awa,

ko Te Arawa toku waka,
ko Ngāti Pikiao toku iwi,
ko Ngāti Te Rangiunuora me Ngāti Whakahemo oku hapū;
ko Taurua me Pukehina oku marae,
ko Catherine Welham ahau.

I have experience in schools both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and a key area of my work has involved leading innovation and change. I have worked alongside kāhui ako and school leaders to develop personalised PLD action plans that are inquiry-centred, driven by evidence and responsive to the contextual and situational factors within each setting.

I am a dedicated, life-long learner who searches for ways to challenge my own thinking and explore new ideas every day. I am potential-focused, relentlessly positive and culturally relational and responsive in my way of being. Committed to achieving equity, excellence and belonging for all learners, I am excited and encouraged by the shifts I have seen within schools and wider society.

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David Copeland

Engagement Strategist

I come from the West Coast of the South Island. My father's people landed Te Tai Tokerau in 1860 where space was given to them to establish a saw mill. My mother, a Campbell of Argyll, came out to New Zealand after WW2. My wife, Mary, and I have two grown-up children and are based in Wellington. I have been been able to work alongside the Te Kotahitanga, Kia Eke Panuku, and now Poutama Pounamu, teams developing resources and I will be supporting Kaiwhakaako to use the eLearning environment.


Jill Wilson

Digital Producer / Online support

Kia ora. I'm on the team as site support. My background is in television, video and website production, and I have been working in the education sector for over 30 years.