CORE's Team

Rewi Nankivell

Kairangahau Matua / Senior Researcher


2008 - Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2001 - Masters in Māori & Pacific Development (Hons) - University of Waikato
1995 - Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies) - University of Waikato

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 409 356

Region: Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Professional profile

Rewi has worked in education and research for the past 20 years. He is an experienced facilitator / lecturer, having worked for large tertiary institutions, including the University of Waikato, WINTEC and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Rewi is also a company director of Tihi Innovations Limited, Gisborne - where he worked as a contractor to deliver small business management programmes at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He enjoys entering spaces that provides education opportunities for communities through innovative thinking and research.

Professional membership

  • Company Director of Tihi Innovations Limited, Gisborne
  • Trustee of Te Rā Kahekeheke Land Trust, Te Kuiti
  • New Zealand Schools Trustees Association Regional representative, Gisborne / Hawkes Bay
  • Board of Trustees, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whatatutu
  • Waikato – Tainui Tribal Council Member
  • Member of LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand / Aotearoa) 


Brown, K., Nankivell, R., & Te Kani, M. (2016). Mangatu Marae Te Reo Survey. Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu, Gisborne. Language Revitalisation Project funded by Mā Te Reo, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo, Wellington.

Meredith, P., Nankivell, R., & Joseph, R. (2010). Ngāti Apakura Mana Tangata: Scoping report for a Ngāti Apakura oral and traditional history project. Commissioned by the Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington.

Nankivell, R. (2014). Ngāti Rora Hapū Tangata Whenua Brief of Evidence. Tangata Whenua Hearings, presented in front of the Waitangi Tribunal, Waipatoto Marae, Oparure. 

Conferences attended

2017 - Te Wero Conference: Māori Education Leadership Conference, Gisborne.

2016 - Literacy Aotearoa National Conference, Takipu Marae, Te Karaka, Gisborne.

2013 - He Manawa Whenua: Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton.


2002 - LIANZA Rua Mano Scholarship Recipient.
1999 – Te Tokanganui-a-noho Scholarship Recipient (Ngāti Maniapoto)
1997-99 - Tumate Mahuta Postgraduate Scholarship, Waikato-Tainui.

Personal statement

Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi and Waikato are my Iwi;
I affiliate closely to Ngāti Rora hapū, Te Kūiti; and Te Kūiti Pā is my Marae

My philosophy is that education is a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and understanding. I enjoy extending my knowledge about all aspects of education and the world.

I am a proud father of three healthy tamariki and I live with my partner and tamariki in Ormond, Gisborne (within the Iwi boundaries of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki).

We are actively involved with hui at Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu. This is the epicentre of our Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki / Ngā Arikikaiputahi reality. And when possible, we travel home to Te Kūiti, to attend hui at Te Kūiti Pā. This is the nucleus of our Ngāti Maniapoto Iwi and Ngāti Rora hapū identity.

We have two whānau pets: Doug our whānau dog, who has genealogical ties to the Jack Russell family. And Kōwhai Bear our black and white cat; notorious for sleeping all day.