Rewi has worked in education and research for the past 20 years. He is an experienced facilitator, having worked for University of Waikato, WINTEC and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He is accustomed with data collection and analysis as well as reviewing and synthesising literature for the purposes of literature reviews. He enjoys entering spaces that provides education opportunities for communities through innovative thinking and research.
- 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 Te Rōpū Whakahau (Māori Librarian Assosciation)
- 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.
2018 - uLearn18, Auckland
2018 - 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
I affiliate closely with my hapū, Ngāti Rora and my Iwi Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Kuiti. My whakapapa ties are also connect me to Ngāpuhi and Waikato Iwi. When and where possible, I travel home to Te Kuiti Pā to attend hui.
My philosophy is that education is a lifelong pursuit of acquiring knowledge and that you never stop learning. I enjoy extending my understanding about all aspects of Te Ao Māori, education and keeping up with current affairs and news.
I am a proud father of three tamariki and we reside within the Iwi boundaries of Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Gisborne. As a whānau, we attend hui regularly at Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu where my partner was raised.