National hui 2021 workshop presenters

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i

Wayfinding on a Run

Wayfinding: Art of Pacific celestial navigation and ocean voyaging transposed into strategic system to give people and organisations clarity on direction and priorities.

On a run: sailing term meaning the wind is behind you - it can be a bit unstable so hold onto your hats!

Wayfinding on a Run: An abbreviated workshop to give participants a quick, hands-on experience of wayfinding.

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’I bio

Hailing from the villages of Mulifanua and Asaga in Samoa, Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i is the daughter of Mau’u Lopeti and Nivaga. She carries the surname Tafuna’i from her late husband Patrick and continues to walk alongside her son Oliver. Faumuina, an award-winning journalist and ocean voyager, created a wayfinding system that takes the wisdom of Pacific star navigation and ocean voyaging and transposes it into a strategic framework. Guided by navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui) from Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Faumuina has been developing wayfinding programmes for strategic planning, business, resilience and suicide prevention. She has worked in media, iwi communications, and development throughout the Pacific Islands, projects developing and running programmes for Oxfam, UN Women and UNDP. She was also the first Pacific Island person to become an Edmund Hillary Fellow.

Dr Wayne Ngata

Atua Matua: Repurposing old knowledge.

Atua Matua is a term used to describe how we are working with kaiako in kura to reconnect with Māori environmental knowledge and repurpose that knowledge in today’s learning environments to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes for students. Atua refers to the mātauranga of the pantheon of Māori gods present in our environments. Matua refers to how iwi interpret that mātauranga in their own regional environments. This is an initiative being tested with 16 Māori medium kura throughout the country with support from NZ Sport and the Ministry of Education, with a view to scaling further as the approach is refined.

Dr Wayne Ngata’s bio

Dr Wayne Ngata MNZM (Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti) helped establish Māori Studies at the Tairawhiti Polytechnic (now EIT Tairawhiti). He is a performer, composer and advocate for haka and mōteatea. He is a practitioner and supporter of waka hourua navigation and voyaging. He has helped develop health education programmes with an atua Māori approach. He has had academic, management and governance roles at EIT Tairāwhiti, the MacDiarmid Institute, the Ministry of Education, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He is currently a Board member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Board Chair of Te Taumata Aronui.

Mark Sheehan

Ka mua, ka muri

Me tiro whakamuri, kia anga whakamua.

If we want to shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s future, start with our past.

The Aotearoa New Zealand histories curriculum is a major shift in how our rangatahi will learn to locate themselves in time and place as well as make sense of the past. They will develop understandings of the foundational place of Māori in Aotearoa, the legacy of colonisation and the effects of power (Understand). They will learn about the diverse historical experiences of all New Zealanders (know) and draw on a range of historical approaches - including mātauranga Māori histories - to think critically about the past (do). This talk/workshop is an interactive session that explores the opportunities the curriculum offers to shift practice and the implications this has for teaching and learning.

Mark Sheehan’s bio

Mark Sheehan was formerly a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Victoria University; Te Ako Pai o Te Herenga Waka; a position he held from 2003 – 2021. He has been a history educator since the 1980s and has worked as a primary/secondary teacher, a tertiary lecturer/researcher and a curriculum advisor/developer. He still has an ongoing connection with Te Herenga Waka (as a Research Fellow) and currently works as a curriculum/teaching consultant on the implementation of the Aotearoa New Zealand histories project. Mark holds the degrees of BA and MA (in history) and PhD (in education) as well as a Dip. Tchg. 

Charles Rolleston

Tū Rangatira – a Māori framework for educational leadership

Framed around educational leadership in Māori medium settings, Tū Rangatira offers valuable insights for all educational leaders in Aotearoa. In this workshop, participants will firstly explore the framework and principles of Tū Rangatira; then reflect on how the Māori concepts and perspectives in Tū Rangatira can enrich our actions and growth as leaders.

Link to download - Tū Rangatira: Māori Medium Educational Leadership (2010)

Charles Rolleston’s bio

Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa

Charles joined Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga in January this year. Having worked across many sectors of the New Zealand education system, Charles brings a unique combination of experiences and perspectives to this conference, in particular those relating to his passion for Māori medium and kaupapa Māori education methodologies. In his calm and inclusive style of facilitation, Charles values the opportunity to engage and make meaningful connections with other committed professionals as they chart their own journeys as effective educators and leaders. To read more about Charles, follow this link.

Wayne Whitney

From tokenism to commitment.

Engaging the hearts and minds of a, rural, pākeha community.

The Te Reo Maori journey at Hikutaia School has not been without its challenges. I will share with you challenges, insights, dos, and don'ts for changing a community's thinking around Te Reo Maori. Unpack the WHY? and getting your staff on board to all walk the talk. Step away from tokenism delivery of Te Reo Maori and start to normalise how Te Reo Maori can be delivered within your school. I will share with you our Te Reo Maori curriculum and learning plan of what our teachers do in their classrooms. Ngaa mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Wayne Whitney’s bio

Tena koutou katoa,

Ko Wayne Whitney ahau

He Uri au no Te Arawa waka

Ko Rangiwewehi te hapu

Ko au te tumuaki o Hikutaia

I am currently the tumuaki of Hikutaia Schoool, a small rural school between Paeroa and Thames. Decile 5, 124 students. Previous to Hikutaia I worked at Thames South school and Owhata Primary in Rotorua. Most of my teaching career has been offshore in South Korea, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, and Zambia. I've worked as a native English teacher, education. advisor, and management advisor. I like to challenge students thinking with real-life learning experiences and challenging norms. Hikutaia is my first principal position, where I have been for the past 3 years, while it is very challenging being a principal, it is also very rewarding.

Chris Theobald

Being a Treaty Partner in a multicultural school

The dominant mainstream perspective of the treaty focuses on obligations between pākehā and Māori, however Te Tiriti is actually between the Crown and Iwi Māori. This subtle but important difference is often ignored at the expense of the relationship between Māori and non-Pākehā tauiwi. Alongside this is the nuanced relationship between Māori and the majority of minority cultures within Aotearoa, a myriad of cultures that have so much difference but also share a similar experience of being treated as The Other by society at large. How do schools navigate this space to honour, respect and uplift Tangata Whenua Māori while at the same time giving value to people from all cultures that now call Aotearoa home?

Chris Theobald’s bio

Chris Theobald is the principal of Bishop Viard College in Porirua, a Catholic co-ed college in Porirua. This is the first secondary environment that Chris has worked in, coming directly from Primary teaching and principalship. Chris believes that the strength of Viard College lies within the strong multi-ethnic community, a community which draws out the best in people and is one of awhi and alofa, a community which Chris feels fortunate to be a part of.