Kia ora koutou!
I am originally from Whakatāne in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, and I whakapapa to Ngā Puhi ki Wha(i)ngaroa, Te Aupōuri ki Te Kao, and Ngāti Kurī ki Ngataki in the Far North. I have been a registered teacher since 2000, and have worked in education for the past 15 years. Following a background in sport, physical education, health and teaching, I completed a doctorate in education at the University of Auckland in 2008 exploring the perceptions and experiences of both Māori students and teachers about kapa haka in mainstream secondary schools. Before arriving at Otago, I lectured in community health, physical activity, fitness and education at the University of Waikato (2007-2011) as well as, Māori and Indigenous health and development at the University of Canterbury (2011-2012). My current leadership role focuses on providing professional and strategic leadership in Māori teacher education and programme development. I am also involved in teaching various aspects of Māori studies within and across the initial teacher education programme at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.