Teanau has a diverse range of experience managing, facilitating and working on projects both big and small at the national, regional and international levels.
Prior to working for CORE Education, Teanau was based in Europe where he worked with the UN focusing on Indigenous Peoples issues. Previous to this, he worked with NGOs that supported the aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in the global context around different UN processes. Teanau has worked with two Ministries of Education (New Zealand and the Solomon Islands), both times supporting curriculum and resource development in Indigenous languages.
Nationally, Teanau has also worked as the Māori and Pasifika education online editor for Te Kete Ipurangi organising content and working on associated projects that support Māori and Pasifika educational achievement.
- Indigenous Knowledge
- Māori Education
- Pasifika Education
- World Summit on the Information Society Forum - Geneva, Switzerland 2011
- CEESP Sharing Power Conference - Whakatane, New Zealand 2011
- International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity: Diversity for Development – Development for Diversity - Montreal, Canada 2010
- Convention on Biodiversity COP10 - Nagoya, Japan 2010
- Regional Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and ICTs - Brasilia, Brazil 2009
Education is the pathway to support the aspirations of Māori and Pasifika communities. I am interested in the global development of Indigenous Knowledge issues and what that means for supporting Māori and Pasifika perspectives within the education context.
Indigenous Knowledge refers to the cumulative and complex bodies of knowledge, know-how, practices and representations that are maintained and developed by peoples with extended histories of interactions with the natural environment. These cognitive systems are part of a complex process that also includes language, attachment to place, spirituality and worldview.