Māori Learning Solutions Lead

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2020 Toi Reo Māori, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
2012 Writing Masterclass, Whitireia Polytechnic
1993 Te Tohu Paetahi, Waikato University

Professional profile

I tupu ake a Gareth i Tokoroa, ko tana iwi ko Ngāti Hikairo.

Gareth has managed teams in several kaupapa Māori settings such as archiving audio visual collections of taonga Māori and managing the promotional programme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori for several years e.g. in 2015 the theme was ‘Supporting parents so that they could in turn whāngai the reo to their tamariki.’

Through these projects Gareth has managed relationships with partner agencies and produced a suite of resources distributed to the public to promote te reo Māori. For Te Mātāwai he helped to project manage a small team to research and define dialect from an iwi Māori perspective, working with researchers and representatives of iwi from all corners of the motu.

Through his career Gareth has created bilingual publications and online content in Māori and English and assists organisations to develop good bilingual practice.


Te Reo Māori
Gareth has supported organisations to achieve their goals under Te Maihi Māori and Te Maihi Karauna by developing and leading in policy and practice:

  • Creating bilingual content for a range of contexts such as exhibitions, communications such as media releases and campaigns, archival metadata, iwi radio programming, educational resources for the Ministry of Education and putting in place policies and practices to ensure the place of te reo is sustained.
  • Managing quality assurance processes for reo Māori content.
  • Toi Reo Māori translators licence.
    Understanding of reo ā-iwi / dialect and Māori language revitalisation efforts.
    Mātauranga Māori
    Project management
    Producing educational resources in te reo Māori for distribution to schools; leading the implementation of national staff cultural development programmes in two large government departments; managing the national promotions programme for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.


  • ‘Audiovisual archives as tools for indigenous language revitalisation.’ First Nations Language Gathering, Saskatoon, Canada, 2019.
  • ‘A national promotion of indigenous language: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.’ Puliima Indigenous Language and Technology Conference, Naarm, Australia 2013.

Personal statement

Toitū te kupu, toitū te mana, toitū te whenua
The motu has been on a journey discovering and learning about mātauranga Māori and the role it plays for Māori and for the wider community of Aotearoa. The team at CORE Education is passionate about applying mātauranga Māori across all of its programmes and it’s a privilege to work within a team that brings this mātauranga to the fore today and for the future, kia toitū tonu.