Charles Rolleston

Kaihautū Māori

Ko Mauao me Taiarahia ōku maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Ohinemataroa taku awa
Ko Mataatua taku waka
Ko Opureora me Ōwhakatoro ōku marae
Ko Ngāi Tūwhiwhia me Ngāti Rongo ōku hapū
Ko Ngāi-te-rangi me Tūhoe ōku iwi
Tēnā rā koutou katoa.

Charles is the Kaihautū Māori for Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura Mātauranga and started in this role in January 2021. His extensive background and experience in education and evaluation positions him well to support kura and schools seeking sustainable change and ongoing improvement for students, their whānau and communities. Charles has a key leadership role in Evaluation Associates and its commitment to being a Tiriti-honouring company.

Throughout his professional career, Charles has contributed to a number of projects focused on:

  • te reo Māori and kaupapa Māori education

  • curriculum design, content development and assessment

  • indigenous evaluation

  • coaching and mentoring

  • supporting leadership and management.

Charles has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in both dual and Māori medium settings. He joined the Education Review Office as a Review Officer, and later worked as a Senior Advisor Māori. He then moved across to the Ministry of Education as a Senior Partnership Advisor working alongside iwi and national Māori education organisations, and then as an Education Manager in the Waikato region. Charles was the Toka ā-Nuku (National Director) for the Māori Review Services team which carries out the external evaluations in Māori medium education settings.

Charles was previously an Associate Director of Te Whai Toi Tangata Institute of Professional Learning at the University of Waikato, a role that would influence practice at classroom and leadership levels as an accredited Māori Medium PLD facilitator and as the project leader for Te Reo Māori in English Medium PLD. Most recently, Charles has also worked at CORE Education Tātai Aho Rau where he was a Senior Consultant.

Charles lives in Hamilton with his partner and their two daughters. When he has down time, Charles enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time together with his whānau, including his nieces and nephews who also live in the Waikato region.