Matene Karena

Te Aho Māori | Waihanga | Content Developer

M: 021 197 9388
P: 0800 267 301
Region: Auckland

Matene Karena


Masters in Education 2nd Class Honours – Waikato University
Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education – Waikato University
Bachelor of Arts – Waikato University
PADI DiveMaster Club Scuba
Te Tohu Mōhiotanga – Taranaki Polytechnic

Professional experience

Matene has extensive background in education and kaupapa Maori. Matene worked in public service, private consultancy and the secondary sector.

He has worked for 18 years as a secondary teacher teaching in Wharekura and mainstream 21st century kura. During this time he was head of learning languages. He has worked with creatives, private consultants, education providers. He is passionate about mātauranga Māori, Aotearoa histories, arts and kapa haka.


Matene has expertise in the following areas:

Cultural capability and place-based local curriculum
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and bicultural partnerships in education.
  • Cultural capability and critical consciousness for an equitable and inclusive curriculum.
  • Addressing racism, structural and systemic racism and deficit modelling in education
  • Hapu/mana whenua-based knowledge that supports ākonga identities and whānau aspirations.
  • Hauora, Te Whare Tuu Tauaa o Aotearoa
Change leadership and mentoring
  • Rapport and trust for high-value professional relationships and leadership through change.
  • Mentoring and coaching kanohi ki te kanohi, online and in collaborative situations.
  • Evaluate pedagogy and practises to ensure future-focused education and cultural capability practices.
Future-focused education and knowledge building communities
  • Knowledge creation and networked sharing in digital environments to improve educational outcomes.
  • Equity, inclusiveness, accessibility and visibility of teaching and learning.
  • Student engagement and achievement through the use of kaupapa Maori
  • Regional facilitation support for the ‘Creatives in Schools’ programme.
  • Evaluation and monitoring of ‘Creatives in Schools’
  • Assessment of ‘Creatives in Schools’
  • Subject matter specialist - History, senior social studies, Tikanga a iwi, Te reo Māori.

Personal statement

He puawai au no runga i te tikanga, He raurenga au no runga i te raukura, Ko taku raukura he manawanui ki te ao.

Treat every ākonga as an individual – acknowledging the many facets that make up who they are. Build strong relationships based on aroha, manaakitanga, kawenga, whakaiti, whakapono and build on each other’s knowledge and shared experiences in life.

The kaiako becomes the ākonga - the ākonga becomes the kaiako. Engage with families/whānau/hapū/mana whenua/iwi at all levels. Build a strong school culture that fosters engagement, inclusion, motivation and learning for all learners. Respect for families/whānau/hapū by sustaining and maintaining a cultural identity specifically of that ākonga.