|Kia ora koutou katoa,
I have recently been appointed as Tumuaki in Residence at Teaching Council | Matatū Aotearoa. It is a new role that I realise has a great deal of responsibility. I have been an educator for nearly 30 years, with educational leadership experience for 20 of those years and 15 years as a Tumuaki. I have also had the privilege of being the President of Te Akatea NZ Māori Principals Assn for the last 3 ½ years with 8 years on the Te Akatea executive with roles as Treasurer and Vice President.
My role with Teaching Council | Matatū Aotearoa is to provide a Māori Educational Leadership perspective, advice, and guidance within the mahi that Teaching Council | Matatū Aotearoa is engaging in. I will continue to challenge the Council to ensure that it meets the values and standards that it is entrusted to uphold within the profession and in particular responsibility to meet obligations as a true partner under Te Tiriti. As an independent contractor I retain the ability to have a voice to challenge any aspect within the organisation that does not meet those obligations.
I am excited by this opportunity and happy to say, without any duress, how amazingly passionate and dedicated the team at Teaching Council | Matatū Aotearoa are. I expected a workforce 3 times larger because of the work that this group of very talented and experienced have managed to achieve. I am pleased to report that every single person that I have come across here is dedicated to equitable outcomes and success for Māori. Also, for all groups that are marginalised by our current system. This group is passionate about upholding the mana of our profession.
A key part of my role initially will be to go out to the compulsory sector and ECE to canvass the opinions and ideas of Māori in English medium towards Rauhuia | Leadership Space and on the Professional Leaders Professional Growth Cycle (PGC). I am planning to get out to areas that are not often visited to engage with Māori educators about the kaupapa mentioned. I will also be hosting Zoom hui and am coordinating a survey that we are hoping our Māori whanau will engage with.
Please keep an eye out for dates for hui near you or if you can host a hui near you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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