Invited Symposium 5

Living Legacies of Māori Human Development: Learning to Live, Living to Learn within Te Ao Māori Everyday

Māori perspectives pertaining to human development are not new in the context of schooling and education.  The past often informs the present, and the present provides an opportunity to highlight the distinct Indigenous differences that underpin how Māori, as culturally connected peoples, view the world they live and learn.  This symposium will highlight the important distinctions, dynamics and developments to emerge with respect to Māori children, and their learning from bi-cultural perspectives in Aotearoa New Zealand. This phenomenon has also given rise to a distinct Indigenous approach(es) to research and theory advancement that is fundamentally couched in Te Ao Māori but inherently inclusive in its approach and delivery.  These and more will also be discussed within the symposium.

PresenterAffiliationPresentation Title
Associate Professor Paul Whitinui (Ngā Puhi, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī)University of Otago College of Education – Te Kura Akau TaitokaTe Whakahōnere ngā Wawata o te Whānau: Honouring the Educational Aspirations of Whānau to Improve the Wellbeing of Māori Learners in English-Medium Primary Schools in the Southland/Otago Region, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Dr. Lesley Rameka (Ngāti Raukawa)School of Education, University of Victoria Images of Maori child in early childhood education, changing the lens
Dr. Awanui Te Huia (Ngāti Maniapoto)School of Māori Studies, University of VictoriaThe development of proficiency in te reo Māori by Māori and non-Māori learners.
Dr. Hiria Mcrae (Te Arawa)Te Kura Māori, University of VictoriaNgā Pūmanawa e Waru: A Te Arawa approach to examining Māori student success


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Associate Professor Paul Whitinui (Ngā Puhi ki Wha(i)ngaroa, Te Aupōuri ki Te Kao & Ngāti Kurī ki Ngataki)

Dr.  Whitinui is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago College of Education – Te Kura Akau Taitoka in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.  He is responsible for providing professional and strategic leadership in the area of Māori teacher education… read Dr Whitinui’s full bio here