CORE's Team

Janelle Riki-Waaka

Pouherenga Waka - Relationships Manager and Kaihuawaere - Consultant


2016 IaP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement
2012 M.Ed. (First Class Hons) University of Canterbury
2007 P.G.Dip. In Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Hōaka Pounamu. University of Canterbury
2004 BTchLn. (Primary) University of Canterbury

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 611 895

Accreditation Number: ACC 226

Region: Canterbury

Janelle Riki Waaka 2020 FS

Rere arorangi nei taku manu i te kōtihi o Karioi
E hārō nei i runga ake o te awa ariki o Waikato
He piki, he taniwhā, he piko, he taniwhā
Te awa e pōteretere ai te waka o Tainui
Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi,
Tēnei a Tainui iwi maioha e mihi nei

Professional experience

Janelle is a highly experienced leader and consultant at CORE Education specialising in areas such as developing cultural competencies, Te Tiriti o Waitangi education and digital technologies. With more than 8 years experience in developing and delivering effective professional learning solutions, Janelle has become highly regarded in these fields and sought after to support the professional learning journeys of educational contexts and more recently, some corporate organisations and government entities.

Janelle’s career has been dedicated to improving the education journey for all of our tamariki with a particular focus on enhancing success for all Māori children. She has considerable teaching and leadership experience in both English Medium and bilingual education settings and has developed extensive experience in supporting the engagement and success of students through the effective integration of digital technologies.

Janelle is one of two Relationships Managers at CORE Education who are dedicated to creating new relationships, strengthening our current relationships, and seeking out new and exciting opportunities to enable us to live our vision and mission.


Janelle is experienced in supporting schools and organisations to:

Te Tiriti o Waitangi Education

  • understand your ethical and moral obligations to uphold the mana of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • explore ways to be an effective treaty partner with mana whenua
  • develop practices and ways of being that will embody a treaty honouring intent
  • Developing Cultural Competencies and Bicultural Practices

Engage practical strategies and practices to:

  • enhance bicultural practices and fulfill a commitment to revitalising and protecting the language, culture and identity of Māori in Aotearoa
  • reflect our unique Aotearoa identity and dual heritage in your work place and practice
  • understand how to best meet the needs of your Māori students, their whānau and your wider Māori community or clients.

Change leadership

  • redeveloping your vision, mission, values and localised curriculum
  • explore current policies and research to support the change process
  • evaluate your current pedagogy and practices
  • enhance your ability to lead and navigate effective change
  • establish meaningful relationships to ensure you are taking your community with you and reflecting their aspirations

Digital Technologies

  • how to integrate digital technologies and hangarau matihiko into your local curriculum
  • teach digital technologies content in meaningful and authentic contexts
  • engage in design thinking processes to support innovative problem solving
  • support students to use technologies to enhance their learning and self direct their learning

Stakeholder & Community Engagement

  • identify all interested parties (stakeholders) in your wider school community
  • provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with all stakeholders using various methods that are conducive to each party
  • create an engagement plan to ensure communication and engagement is transparent, on-going and empowering for all involved
  • collate and analyse all feedback gathered during the engagement process
  • utilise feedback gathered during the engagement process to support strategic planning for the future.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

A passionate, engaging and motivational speaker, in recent years Janelle has been invited to be a keynote speaker and to deliver workshops for several major conferences.

  • 2020: uLearn Keynote speaker
  • 2020: Wellbeing in Education NZ conference in Christchurch
  • 2020: Tokona te Raki keynote: Companies Preparing to Welcome a Large Māori Workforce
  • 2019-2020: Implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi webinar
  • 2019: Google Partners Summit, Sydney
  • 2019: Broadly Speaking Christchurch
  • 2019: Future Leaders Conference keynote, Adelaide
  • 2019: Art of Facilitation webinar series
  • 2018: Antarctic NZ: cultural competency and treaty training
  • 2017-2018: Ako Pānuku Hui-a-tau
  • 2017: NZSTA: Treaty of Waitangi Workshop for Trustees
  • 2017: Otago Primary Principals Conference: Māori Giftedness
  • 2017: Brown Bread: Te Reo Māori and Tikanga sessions
  • 2016-2020: CORE Breakfast presenter
  • 2016-2020: uLearn presenter
  • 2016-2018: Grow Waitaha: Community & Stakeholder Engagement Community of Practice
  • 2016: Central Otago Principals Conference
  • 2016: NZEI Rural & Teaching Principals Conference
  • 2016: Emerging Leaders Summit
  • 2015: Otago Primary Principals Conference

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