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Mary Stubbings

Ngāti Pakeha
B.Ed Teaching and Learning, Diploma Children’s Lit
Accredited Facilitator
+64 22 013 5002

I believe that we must create caring, safe and culturally responsive classrooms that optimize learning and address racism and equity issues for Maori and for all. I have experience at the ‘coalface’ from year one to year 13 and at middle management and senior leadership levels.

My experience as a lead facilitator of Te Kotahitanga for Wairoa College, a lead coach for PB4L at Flaxmere College and as an across schools teacher for the Te Waka o Māramatanga kāhui has helped me to support schools in their quest to create positive learning environments with equitable outcomes.

Central to my philosophy is that we as educators must build strong relationships in our learning environments that value the student as a cultural being where they can enjoy and achieve success knowing that their ideas and knowledge are valued.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Understanding the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our lives as New Zealanders can be challenging without having knowledge of pre-Treaty events and the actions that led up to the signing. Pre-colonisation and colonisation have had a significant impact on the fabric of our society as it stands today. The different understandings of the Treaty from a Māori and Crown perspective have been the subject of much debate and involve an awareness of the history of Aotearoa.

When working with ākonga, I use a variety of interactive and dialogic resources to deepen an awareness and understanding of the history of New Zealand around Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its significance to society in the present day.

Kaupapa Māori

Kaupapa Māori legitimises and validates the beliefs and practices of Māori, the Māori language and the cultural, intellectual, political and social legitimacy of the Māori people. I provide opportunities to understand and implement practices that support the revitalization and self-determination of Te Ao Māori. Through this learning we deepen our knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principle of āta (growing respectful relationships.

Critical Consciousness

Critical Consciousness focuses on understanding our place in the world through exposure of social and political elements. It involves taking action against the oppressive actions that are made recognisable through this exposure.

I have recently had an article accepted for the Kairaranga journal that outlines my personal story of critical consciousness and conscientization. The article is called “The importance of conscientisation: Learning about privilege from the voices of Māori students”. The reviewer for this article wrote “I would like to thank you for the privilege of reviewing your article. I found it such a pleasure to read – it was very powerful and evoked quite deep emotions reading the narratives from the ākonga Māori. What is also powerful is the impact that this will have on other non-Māori educators. It is very courageous of you to be so honest, to bare your soul, to reflect on your own thinking, and to dig deep into your own positioning (and repositioning). You have displayed such metacognition!”.

Whakawhāiti (inclusion)

All students have the right to be accepted as whole cultural beings regardless of their abilities or disabilities. I work with principals, governing bodies, teachers and students to create practices that ensure rangatahi are respected and appreciated as valued members of their communities. Part of this conversation includes how we can create classrooms that are welcoming and support the diverse needs of our students.

Zac Anderson,
Sarah McLeod, Lead Principal Dannevirke College,