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Māori Medium Advisory Group

The Māori Medium Advisory Group (MMAG) offers advice and guidance on professional issues concerning teachers working in the Māori medium sector, in total immersion and bilingual settings.

For enquiries please contact:

Sally Macesmith, Board Secretary
Phone:  (04) 974 8709


Ani Rolleston, Senior Advisor Teacher Education – Māori Medium
Phone:  (04) 974 8708


The current members of the Māori Medium Advisory Group are: 

Ripeka Lessles (Convenor and Governing Council member), Matthew Fraser, Hilda Halkyard-Harawira, Wiremu Kaua, Rita Powick, Dy Stirling, Tatai Takuira-Mita, Evelyn Tobin, and Tui Yeager

About the MMAG

The purpose of the Māori Medium Advisory Group (MMAG) is to provide the Teaching Council with advice in respect of any of the Council’s role or responsibilities relating to teachers / kaiako, akonga / students and others in the field of Māori medium education.

The functions of MMAG are to:

  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Teaching Council on any education matter within its area of expertise that MMAG considers to be of concern or potential interest to the Council’s strategic goals; and
  • Receive and respond to requests from the Teaching Council for advice on specific issues and matters within its area of expertise.

In carrying out these functions, MMAG will be expected to:

  • be aware of the environment and issues facing teachers and employers in Māori medium education, including an awareness of relevant government policy and strategies;
  • be aware of the views, expectations and attitudes of whānau and hapu, and matua of tamariki / mokopuna, concerning Māori medium education and the provider facilities that deliver such education;
  • make strategic assessments with the view to helping the Teaching Council to plan appropriately and to provide an opportunity for positive Council decisions and interventions;
  • give the Teaching Council timely, well considered, balanced and objective advice and recommendations appropriately reflecting or acknowledging all relevant perspectives;
  • respond to or provide advice or comment to the Teaching Council’s other advisory groups, the leadership centre and/or to project or reference groups set up on particular topics;; and
  • provide recommendations and advice that reflect a consensus view of MMAG but where this is not possible to indicate  to the Teaching Council where the views and advice expressed represent the opinions of only a majority of members or where appropriate provide a range of views.

The Convenor of MMAG is required to exercise a number of duties and responsibilities in addition to those of other members including:

  • convene meetings with members of MMAG, in person or by telephone/video conference, to consider issues and prepare advice for the Teaching Council;
  • preside over MMAG hui / meetings and facilitate their effective functioning;
  • sign or authorise any communications or documents from MMAG to the Teaching Council;
  • serve as the spokesperson for MMAG, only when requested by the Teaching Council; and
  • arrange with the Teaching Council for the appointment of a Deputy Convenor for when the Convenor is not available or cannot carry out their functions.

Selection Criteria

Members (and convenor) will be appointed on the basis of their individual knowledge, expertise and personal attributes, for the provision of the best possible advice to the Teaching Council, not on the basis of their membership or association with any one or more organisations.

Every effort will be made in the appointments process for the membership to cover the entire Māori medium range of:

  • early childhood education (kōhanga Reo, kōhungahunga, puna reo);
  • primary / secondary education Māori medium (kura kaupapa Māori, kura ā iwi, kura Māori, wharekura;
  • primary / secondary education English medium (immersion / bilingual settings, kura hourua, kaupapa Māori-centred);
  • initial teacher education; and
  • education administration.

Members of MMAG are required to:

  • be demonstrably knowledgeable in one or more areas in the field of Māori medium education, and possess a relevant teaching qualification that leads to registration;
  • be open minded, receptive to, aware of, and able to take into account the expressed views of others in the field of Māori medium education;
  • have at least five years evidenced practical teaching experience in one or more areas of Māori medium education;
  • be current and knowledgeable about trends and issues in teacher professional practice and the Teaching Council’s standards and codes;
  • be able to effectively communicate in writing and orally, especially in groups and including in te reo Māori;
  • have the personal attributes necessary to engender good working relationships within an advisory group;
  • be able to commit some of their own time to preparatory work associated with the working of the group, and to attend the group’s meetings (assuming due notice is given); and
  • be, or have been, a registered teacher.