Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your basket and my basket the people will live.

"This Māori proverb expresses my philosophy of knowledge sharing."

Aroha Heaslip

Kaitakawaenga/PLD Consultant - Tauranga

Accredited facilitator for MoE-funded PLD

He uri tēnei no te waka o Tainui. Ko Maungakawa te maunga, ko Ngati Haua te iwi, ko Ngāti Werewere te hapū, ko Rukumoana te marae.

Aroha works as an education consultant, based in Tauranga. She works with schools in the following areas:

  • Aromatawai/Rukuhia Rarangahia
  • Assessment for learning
  • Tumaki and management
  • Mentoring and coaching school leaders and leadership teams
  • Inquiry planning with teachers and leaders

Aroha facilitates Aromatawai/Assessment for learning in Māori-medium kura, with a focus on developing teaching and assessment practices to improve learning and achievement for all learners.

Aroha’s support and leadership experience in both English and Māori-medium settings means that she is able to effectively provide tailored support to school leadership and kaiako in a variety of contexts. She supports school leaders and teachers to use assessment information to plan and teach effectively, and to strengthen how they use inquiry to enable student success and to embed sustainable practices.

Aroha has a background in teaching and leadership in international and New Zealand secondary schools, advisory with The University of Waikato and the Ministry of Education. While with the Ministry of Education her role as a Student Achievement Function Practitioner allowed her to support schools to improve educational outcomes for students. She has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Waikato.

Aroha loves going to church, spending time with her whānau, and watching New Zealand films.

Schools that Aroha has worked with recently are:

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere
  • Westmere Primary
  • Te Matai – Te Kura-Ā-Iwi ō Tapuika


“Aroha is an approachable, personable facilitator. I have been amazed at her ability to; bring us all along, engage our input, keep us on task, tie a multitude of complexities together and enable great outcomes. She has a wonderful way with people, highly developed understanding of Spirals of Inquiry and unlike many other facilitators an affinity with RTLB. I would highly recommend Aroha's facilitation services.”

Nicola Talbot, Practice Leader, Cluster 9 RTLB

“Yesterday our staff attended your one day course on OTJs… they were very, very positive about the message and the quality of your presentation. We need to get you to come here!”

Deputy Principal