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Jason Ruakere

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori-medium)


2012 PGDipEd (e-Learning), Massey University
2010 Dip. Taranaki Oral Language, Western Institute of Technology
1994 B.A Dip.Tchg (Secondary), Auckland University, Auckland College of Education

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 222 0925

Accreditation Number: ACC 227

Region: Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatū

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Jason Ruakere FS W

Professional experience

For the last three years Jason has worked for CORE Education as a member of the Learning with Digital Technologies team and Māori-medium publishing team.

Jason’s career has been dedicated to improving education success for all children and supporting school’s to build strong relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi. He has experience in mainstream, whānau/Māori medium, museum and alternative education.

Prior to working at CORE, Jason worked alongside leaders, teachers and whānau to improve the achievement and engagement of Māori students at New Plymouth Boys’ High School. Jason helped to initiate a mentoring program which included in-class support, pastoral care, e-Learning, engaging with whānau and introducing boys to waka ama.


Jason has expertise in the following areas:

Digital fluency (English and Māori-medium)

Successfully supported learning communities to:

  • use the eLearning Planning frameworks (English and Maori-medium) to self-review e-learning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement

  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies.

  • design and connect to local iwi narratives through the use of digital technologies.

Engaging whānau, hapū,i wi and school communities (English-medium)

Successfully supported learning communities to:

  • understand and engage  authentically with whānau, hapū and iwi

  • involve whānau, hapū and iwi in teaching and learning programmes

  • support leadership to engage with whānau, hapū and iwi

  • establish deliberate whānau engagement action plans to support ākonga success.

Culturally responsive and bicultural practice (English-medium)

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • conduct a cultural audit of their current practices

  • gather voice from Māori students and their whānau to inform future direction

  • use the data and student voice to co-create (with whānau and students) a Māori responsiveness plan

  • design and implement localised curriculum content inclusive of whānau, hapū and iwi.

Personal statement

I live on my papakāinga at Puniho Pā with my whānau in Taranaki. We are committed to sustainable living, language revitalisation and supporting the marae community. Our children receive their education at Puniho and regularly engage with the environment and wider community.

Committing to the preservation of the environment, language and cultural identity are integral in achieving the wellbeing of our communities. Education plays a significant role in supporting these aspirations. I’m committed to improving the delivery of quality education in all learning contexts and designing innovative programmes alongside our schools, whānau, hapū and iwi.