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My teaching career began in 1992 in a bilingual class, and carried on to teaching in rūmaki units, kōhanga reo, kura and wharekura. My tertiary teaching career began at Victoria University where I spent eight years mainly focusing on maths education and education for Māori. I moved to Massey University after spending six and a half years lecturing in teacher education at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, some masters classes, and some adult numeracy and te reo Māori teaching for bridging-to-nursing students. My main focus at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi was teaching Pāngarau/maths and integration of curriculum area teaching and learning that centralises kaupapa and mātauranga Māori.
My PhD explored the relationships that kura communities have with mathematics education with a view to ensuring that kura have emancipated decision-making power to determine how kaupapa and mātauranga Māori are equitably privileged with kaupapa and mātauranga mathematics.
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi, Ko te Whānau a Pōkai te Hapū, Ko Te Kapa o Hinekōpeka te Tūrangawaewae, Ko Pōkai te Marae, Ko Pōhatu te Wharekai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa.
My main accomplishments to-date are my five children and (so far) eight mokopuna.
I am a senior lecturer/researcher in education with a main focus on mathematics education in relation to kaupapa and mātauranga Māori in kura.
Critical mathematics for indigenous cultures
Leadership in Māori education
Literacy and numeracy for adult learners
Kaupapa and mātauranga Māori for education
Critique of curriculum and governing bodies
Critique of assessment and disciplining, judging and governing bodies
Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples) (130307): Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori Primary Education) (130104): Maori Education (excl. Early Childhood and Primary Education) (130310): Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313): Technical, Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Teaching and learning of mathematics and maths education for Māori immersion schools.
Mātauranga and kaupapa Māori in relation to Māori education.
Adult literacy and numeracy.