Te Aika

Kaihuawaere Ngaio Māori


Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy (Rūmaki) – Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Bachelor of Teaching (Rūmaki) – Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Executive and Organisational Coaching Certificate, International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Professional profile

Hoana brings 20 years of teaching experience in Rumaki within Waikato and Te Tai Tokerau to her role at Tātai Aho Rau Core Education. Hoana was actively involved in establishing a Charter school which later transitioned to become a Special Character School. She developed a Kura Rumaki co-constructing a special character curriculum and implemented a vibrant and successful learning culture within the community. A passionate driver of systemic change to ensure equitable outcomes for all, Hoana is driven by a desire to see and achieve success as a learner.

Hoana has both mentored and facilitated in many different contexts and worked collaboratively with staff and whānau to create a culture and wānanga space that is inclusive and allows Māori to be successful as Māori.

Hoana is an experienced facilitator and helps create impactful learning opportunities for diverse groups. She has particular expertise in creating rich learning cultures.


  • Marau ā-kura – localised curriculum
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Te Akoranga Anamata – future-focused learningDesign-thinking methods to solve problems


  • Agile planning tools to aid collaboration in teachers and learners
  • Leading change by working with learning communities
  • Working alongside other educators to develop practice
  • Using distributed leadership to support others
  • Mentoring and Coaching

Personal statement

“Ko te tamaiti moemoeā o te iwi te tawhiti o tana rere ka rite tonu ki te hōhonu, me te mārama o ā tātou whakariterite”
A child is the dreams of the people. The length of their flight will depend upon the wisdom of our decisions.