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Rewi Nankivell

Kairangahau Matua / Senior Researcher


2008 - Dip Adult Teaching - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2003 - Dip Māori Information Management - Te Wānanga o Raukawa
2001 - MA Māori Development (Hons) - University of Waikato
1998 - PGDip Comm Management - University of Waikato
1995 - PGDip Management Studies - University of Waikato
1995 - BA Māori Studies - University of Waikato
1989 - Cert. Te Tīmatanga Hou (Bridging Course) - University of Waikato
Completing - Dip Te Pīnakitanga - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 409 356

Region: Hawkes 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, 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 delivered small business management programmes (as a contractor) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Currently, Rewi is working towards completing a Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki Te Reo Kairangi at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Gisborne. He enjoys entering spaces that provides education opportunities for communities through innovative, creative and collaborative thinking.

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


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, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Whirikoka Campus, Gisborne.
2016 - Literacy Aotearoa National Conference, Takipu Marae, Te Karaka, Gisborne.
2013 - He Manawa Whenua: Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton. Hosted by Te Kotahi Research Centre, University of Waikato.


2002 - LIANZA Rua Mano Scholarship Recipient.
1997-99 - Tumate Mahuta Postgraduate Scholarship, Waikato-Tainui.

Personal statement

I am very fortunate to be a father of three healthy tamariki and to have a supportive partner who is also an educationalist / registered primary school teacher. Although I was born under the silhouette of Taranaki Maunga (Stratford), I was raised in the valley of Te Kuiti (the hinterland of Ngāti Maniapoto). I am a firm believer that education is a lifelong pursuit. Hence, I enjoy extending my knowledge-base about all aspects of Te Ao Māori, whilst keeping myself up to date with current education trends / national and international news.

My whānau and I reside within the Iwi peripheries of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Te Tairāwhiti, Gisborne. We are active members at Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu (the nucleus of my partner and children’s Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki / Ngāriki Kaiputahi reality). When possible, my whānau and I make the six-hour long journey home to Te Kuiti, to attend whānau hui at Te Kuiti Pā. This is the epicenter of my Ngāti Maniapoto / Ngāti Rora hapū cosmology.

If I am not spending time with my whānau or extending my eclectic vinyl record collection - I am engaging in the cultural practice of lawn mowing at our humble abode in Ormond, Gisborne. I am infamous within my whānau networks for: 1) making a very tasty pasta; 2) delicious homemade cheese burgers; 3) for my bacon and egg pie.