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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!