Transformation in Māori Education - Māori teachers' conference

Held in July of every year this conference is aimed at Māori teachers working across the curriculum, including guidance counsellors and transition teachers, teachers of Te Reo Māori and teachers involved in Māori medium education.


Conference dates: 9 July 2017 - 11 July 2017

Maori teachers conference logoTransformation 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

pdf buttonDownload Programme

Speakers include:

MTC 2017 Pem Bird

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.”


MTC 2017 Portia Woodman

Portia Woodman

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.” 


MTC 2017 Keriana Tawhiwhirangi

Keriana Tāwhiwhirangi

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.


MTC 2017 Te Hira Paenga cp

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.


MTC 2017 Marama Davidson cp

Marama Davidson

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.”

weblink More about the invited speakers and workshops - Transformation in Māori Education


emailButton Enquiries- please contact Moira Aberdeen

Last modified on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:20