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Kathe Tawhiwhirangi

Regional PLD Manager and Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori medium)


1983 DipTch (primary) - Wellington Teachers' College

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 527 004

Accreditation Number: ACC 232

Region: Wellington

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Professional profile

For the past 12 years Kathe has worked for CORE Education as a team leader of the national Māori-medium and regional Central South Learning with Digital Technologies facilitator teams. Kathe has been the project leader of the Māori-medium eLearning Planning Framework (Te Rangitukutuku) project and was also in the ICT PD national team and Blended eLearning teams. Currently, Kathe is a Regional Facilitator Coordinator.

Kathe is a well regarded facilitator in both English-medium and Māori-medium settings. Her experience in leadership and quality facilitation has inspired new ways of working and teaching. She is passionate about raising student achievement and shifts deficit theorising into strategic future-focused, action-based pathways.

Kathe’s career has been focussed on improving learning outcomes for all students and empowering, strengthening and building capacity of all teachers. Kathe develops and models collaborative and inclusive protocols while being cognisant of supporting culturally responsive practice.

Prior to working for CORE Education, Kathe was one of two deputy principals at Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori o ngā Kohanga Reo o Te Awakairangi, in Lower Hutt - a brand new build. Her portfolios during that time were Performance Management, Curriculum design, Sport and PE, and e-learning. The kura was a start up educative space in 1997 and needed to work in collaborative, inclusive and transparent ways as the team navigated into a new way of being. Between 2004-2006, the three kura in Wellington clustered together on an ICT PD contract and Kathe’s role changed to including the cluster ICT PD facilitator to her brief. From 2007-2011 Kathe became .5 DP and .5 national ICT PD facilitator working for CORE Education. In 2012, Kathe joined CORE full time.


Kathe has specialist expertise, in-depth knowledge of relevant education pedagogy and hands on facilitation experience in the following areas:

Culturally responsive practice

Successfully supported learning communities and clusters to:

  • unpack the cultural competencies in Tataiako to ensure shared and common understandings for all

  • craft a purposeful, relevant and useful culturally responsive framework for all stakeholders

  • audit/self review against their framework

  • co-construct a culturally responsive plan to take them forward.

Change leadership

Successfully supported learning communities and clusters to:

  • support leadership of change within the school community

  • connect school charters and strategic goals to ensure a deliberate alignment with key foci of the identified PLD

  • evaluate pedagogy and practices to ensure they reflect future-focused education and responsive practices

  • use qualitative and quantitative data to inform and critically analyse practice

  • maintain a focus on outcomes.

Digital fluency

Successfully supported learning communities and clusters to:

  • use the eLearning Planning frameworks (English and Maori-medium) to self-review e-learning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement

  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies

  • develop digital capabilities of teachers suited to the needs of future-focused teaching practices.

Evaluative capability

Successfully supported learning communities and clusters to:

  • collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data about students from multiple sources

  • scaffold understanding and implementation around professional inquiry for on-going reflection and review of teaching and learning practices

  • use frameworks (eLPF/MMeLPF) to guide strategic direction and develop ecapabilities.

Conference presentations

  • 2015: Māori Achieving Success as Māori, Learning@School Roadshow, Palmerston North   

  • 2014: Learning with Digital technologies, Learning@School Roadshow, Palmerston North

Personal statement

It is a privilege walking alongside the schools and educationalists that are responsible for our tamariki in their learning spaces. Acknowledging that everyone has a different entry point regarding their learning and creating safe, supported and fun environments is something that I believe is essential for transformation and progress. Whanaungatanga at it’s best, ensures a trusting and warm space to progress current positioning. Supporting schools' vision, graduate profiles and raising student outcomes, is exciting work.

“I have enjoyed the new learning that I continue to achieve from all of Kathe's sessions. The shared sheets show just how much you have helped us achieve on our elearning journey. Ka pai. You are always so supportive and helpful. I am always blown away with how you accept all our levels of learning”  Teacher from Titahi Bay North School

“Actually I always enjoy these hui very inspirational and I always leave hui with many ideas going through my head for my own personal growth but also for my tamariki. I enjoyed the whole day!!!!” Teacher from Titahi Bay North School