Transformation in Māori Education - Māori teachers' conference
Transformation in Māori Education
23rd NZ PPTA National Māori Teachers’ Conference 2017
Date: 9 -10 July 2017
Pōhiri 12.30pm, Sunday 9 July (delegates travel home morning of Tuesday 11 July)
Venue: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Pem Bird QSM
Pem Bird is Ngāti Manawa and Ngāti Tahu. He is the Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau – New Zealand’s first Designated Character Iwi/tribal school. Pem has extensive experience in education and is currently advocating for Māori language and history to be core curriculum subjects in New Zealand schools. He is renowned as the educator who found a way forward for his community, based on “the values of taking care of one another come what may.”
Portia Woodman affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi. She is currently a member of the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team. Before playing rugby union she played netball for the Northern Mystics. Portia comes from a sporting background, her father, Kawhena and her uncle, Fred Woodman were former All Blacks. Portia is a whānau person who loves having family around. She is also a disciplined high performance athlete with a philosophy that “you can do it [succeed] if you really believe you can.”
Keriana is of Ngāti Porou descent, a truly inspirational leader who is passionate about nurturing the very best qualities in people and communities. She is highly skilled as an educator, mentor, administrator and advisor. Keriana has a broad background in the union movement and in public policy. A former school principal, with the gift of communication, care and building trusting relationships.
Te Hira Paenga
Te Hira Paenga affiliates to Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu ki Torongare, Ngāti Rangi, Te Māhurehure, Ngāti Kanohi and Te Whānau ā Ruataupare ki Tūpāroa. He is currently the Assistant Principal at Te Aute College. Te Hira is a kapa haka tutor and passionate exponent of te reo Māori, haka and weaponry. He is keen to encourage rangatahi “with their creativity, singing and writing” while students at Te Aute.
Marama Davidson is of Ngāti Porou, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. She is a Member of Parliament for the Green Party and advocates for Māori development rights, protecting the environment, women’s rights, ending child poverty, ending homelessness and addressing the housing crisis. She recently fronted the launch of the Green Party’s plan to support universal te reo Māori in all public schools to year 10 . “We have a responsibility to ensure that our indeigenous language not just survives, but thrives in Aotearoa.”