Alex brings a critical research-based understanding to how systems change can enhance teaching, learning and educational wellbeing. He is interested in resolving the disconnect that can take place between institutions, people's wellbeing, and self-determination.
Alex’s primary role is to advance the research and evaluation capabilities of organisations, with a particular focus on Māori educational issues and equity. He has held a range of research and evaluation roles within the education and community sectors.
- Developmental evaluation
- Qualitative research
- Treaty of Waitangi theory and application
- School-wide approaches to innovation and inclusion
- Community-school engagement
- Bilingual education theory and practice
- Non-Māori engagement in kaupapa Māori education and research
- Critical pedagogies
- Environmental education and action
- Mā te Rae - Māori Evaluation Association
- Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA)
- New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE)
- Te Wānanga o Raukawa (kaiāwhina, guest lecturer/volunteer)
- Reo2NZ - Ngā Rauawa o te Reo Māori
- Social and Civic Policy Institute (SCPI)
- The Kettering Foundation (USA)
- Hotere-Barnes, A., & Jackson, A. (2016). Te Toa Takitini - Early Years Project. Auckland Council: Auckland.
- Hotere-Barnes, A., Jackson, A., Tibble, M., Mohi, M., Walker, N. (2016). A whānau centered evaluation of Poipoia te Mokopuna: He puāwaitanga harakeke. Ministry of Education: Wellington.
- Bonne, L., Hotere-Barnes, A. (2015, December). "English-medium schools engaging whānau: Building relationships, creating spaces". In SET (Research Information for Teachers), No 3, pp. 26-34. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Hotere-Barnes, A. (2015, April). "Generating non-stupid optimism: Addressing Pākehā paralysis in Māori educational research". In New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, Vol 50, No 1, pp. 39-54.
- Hotere-Barnes, A., Bolstad, R. (2015). “Schools collaborating with community and families: A future-oriented view.” Presentation to Bay of Plenty Principals Association Conference. Tauranga.
- Boyd, S., Hotere-Barnes, A., Tongati’o, L., MacDonald, J. (2015). “It’s who we are”: Stories of practice and change from PB4L School-Wide schools. Ministry of Education: Wellington.
- Hutchings, J., Bolstad, R., Hotere-Barnes, A., Tongati’o, L., Lawes, E., MacDonald, J. (2015). He Tomokanga Whare. Ministry of Education: Wellington (forthcoming).
- Bright, N., Barnes, A., Hutchings, J. (2015). Ka whānau mai te reo-Kia rite! Getting ready to move, te reo Māori and transitions. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Hotere-Barnes, A., Bright, N., Hutchings, J. (2014). "Reo and mātauranga Māori revitalisation: Learning visions for the future". In SET (Resource Information for Teachers): Future-focused edition, pp. 7-15. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Bright, N., Barnes, A., Hutchings, J. (2013). Ka whānau mai te reo: Honouring whānau, upholding reo Māori. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Barnes, A. (2013). What can be learned from Pākehā working in kaupapa Māori educational research?Working Paper 1. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Selby, R., Barnes, A. (2013). Māori mentoring and pathways to wellbeing: Te Huarahi o te Ora. Te Tākupu: Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
- Barnes, A., Nelson, M., Margaret, J. (2013). In J. Margaret (Ed.), Working as allies: Supporters of indigenous justice reflect. Auckland: AWEA. 2012.
- Barnes, A., Hutchings, J., Taupo, K., Bright, N. (2012). "Critical issues for whānau in English-medium schools". In SET: Te Māori i ngā ara rapu mātauranga – Māori Education, pp. 12-18. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Hutchings, J., Barnes, A., Taupo, K., Bright, N., with Pihama, L., Lee, J. (2012). Kia Puāwaitia Ngā Tūmanako: Critical Issues for Whānau in Māori Education. NZCER Press: Wellington.
- Barnes, A. (2011). Highbury Community Scholarship Programme Evaluation. Prepared for the Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor Māori & Pasifika, Massey University. Palmerston North: Hāpai Whenua – Environmental Advocates Ltd.
- Moore, P., Royal, C., Barnes, A. (2011). "Environmental oral history research with elders: Restoring the food basket". Journal of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand – Te Kete Kōrero-a-Waha o te Motu. Wellington.
- Barnes, A., Westhall, K. (2011). Buddies Peer Support Service: A qualitative service evaluation of peer, volunteer and staff perspectives. Kites Trust: Wellington.
- Barnes, A. (2009). Te Huarahi o te Ora: A Ngāti Pareraukawa Mentoring Programme, Phase Two Evaluation. Palmerston North.
- Peterson, D., Barnes, A. (2009). "What is self-stigma?" In Peterson D., and Gordon, S. (Eds), Stepping out of the shadows: Insights into self-stigma and madness. Auckland: Pindar NZ.
- Pere, L., Barnes, A. (2009). "New learnings from old understandings: Conducting qualitative research with Māori". In Journal of Qualitative Social Work, Vol 8: 449-467. 2008.
- Peterson, D., Barnes. A., Duncan, C. (2008). Fighting Shadows: Self-stigma and Mental Illness, Whawhai atu te Whakamā Hihira. Auckland: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
- Barnes, A. (2007). Te Huarahi o te Ora: A Ngāti Pareraukawa Mentoring Programme, Phase One Evaluation. Palmerston North.
- Royal, C., Moore, P., Barnes, A. (2006). Greater Ōtaki Freshwater Vision. A research report prepared for Kāpiti Coast District Council. Hāpai Whenua – Environmental Advocates Ltd. Ōtaki.
- Barnes, A. (2004). "Social Justice Theory and Practice: Pākehā, Kaupapa Māori and Educational Leadership". In New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 19 (Special Edition: Educational Leadership for Social Justice), 47-62.
- The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance: Kei tua atu o te matapaki kōrero ko te mahi. Wellington: New Zealand School Trustees Association.
“He pāpaka ahau nō Rangataua!” Nō Tauranga Moana a Alex. He Pākehā ia, ā, he hononga ōna ki a Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi iwi, me Ngā Pōtiki hapū. I tipu ia i raro o ngā maru o te kōhanga reo me te kura kaupapa Māori. Nō taua wā tonu, kua whai a Alex i ngā kaupapa rangahau e tautoko ana i te ao Māori, me te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ki te taha o tōna hoa rangatira, he hononga ōnā ki ngā iwi o Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Wai me Te Rarawa.
I'm a fifth-generation Pākehā and was raised in Tauranga Moana. I have affiliations to Ngāti Pūkenga iwi and Ngā Pōtiki hapū through my Pākehā family participation and support of kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa Māori. I also have whānau connections to Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Wai and Te Rarawa.
My general interests include meditation; staying fit and healthy; te reo me ngā tikanga Māori; ideas and philosophy; languages; culture; music; basketball; travel.
E whakapono ana a Alex ki te whakataukī nei, arā, “ahakoa he iti te matakahi, ka pakaru i a ia te tōtara.”