Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori-medium)
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Masters of Education, Bi-lingual teaching and learning
Nathan's experience is deeply entrenched in the enablement of culturally empowering practices, to ensure we build safe environments that inspire, empower and equip Aotearoa, New Zealand's rangatahi to become powerful change makers of the future.
A former University Lecturer in Te Reo Māori and Culturally Responsive Practices and previously a deputy principal and also a lead teacher of this kaupapa within the Waimairi-iri Kāhui Ako. Nathan is an active leader and speaker in the development of safe places for Māori.
Nathan's experience spans multiple layers of impact from mentoring rangatahi Māori in their personal and career development, through to the deep implementation of tikanga Māori and cultural competency into corporate organisations.
Culturally empowering practice
Nathan has spent time working alongside schools to assist in the development of culturally responsive practices which are personalised for their place in the community. This included (but not limited to) connection with whānau Māori, hapū and iwi, the development of school wide reo and tikanga Māori programmes, writing policy that connected to cultural capability e.g. Te Tiriti/Tātaiako/Ka Hikitia policies and what Māori success may look like within their kura.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Nathan has also worked in Te Tiriti o Waitangi space helping schools and organisations to align with their obligations as equal Tiriti partners in Aotearoa New Zealand. This consultation and facilitation always started with the ‘why’ and then led to the ‘how’.
Kāhui Ako Lead Teacher
Nathan spent a significant amount of time as an across school lead within the Waimairi-iri Kāhui Ako and his role was specifically based around culturally empowering practices in education. He sat at the senior leader level of the kāhui, worked with all the schools within the kānui (around 23-25) and also spent time working alongside the tamariki, rangatahi, whānau and hapori of the schools too.
Assisting role in the creation of the Hikaro Schema series of books for education
Current co-editor of a book for the tertiary sector to assist teachers to be more culturally responsive with their teaching
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
2016 - 2021: Multiple workshops, presentations and seminars to schools, kāhui ako, Universities, youth groups, whānau groups all based around culturally empowering practice
2021: Multiple workshops, seminars and presentations given to different entities based on culturally empowering practice and connection to Te Tiriti through his mahi at the University of Canterbury
2019: Keynote at the Positive Education New Zealand Conference
2019: Guest speaker on a podcast for New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
The stories of my past experiences in education and the working sector have shaped me into a māngai (representative) of Ngāi Māori (Māori people). I believe that everything I do within my mahi is for one purpose, that is to do everything in my power to ensure that Aotearoa, New Zealand is a safe place for the next generation of Māori. It starts within our schools and communities and continues on to all organisations stretched across the whenua.
I am a pāpā of two beautiful tamariki, and I will do everything I can to ensure that when they grow older, they can confidently walk the pathway of someone who is Māori, something that I was unable to do.
"Ka pu te ruha ka hao te rangatahi" - as the old net withers another is remade. It is up to us to ensure that the new net we are currently weaving is even stronger than it previously was.