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Directors, New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone, two of the leaders in the field of wellbeing and resilience promotion in educational contexts, are known for their practical and engaging translation of wellbeing science to practice. They have worked with a wide variety of learning institutions for over a decade and shared their wellbeing kaupapa in Communities of Practice across Aotearoa.
Associate Dean Pasifika and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland
Jacoba leads and lectures across a range of courses in teacher education including, teaching and learning in Pasifika contexts, Pasifika education, philosophy and politics. Her research engages in Pacific onto-epistemology in conversation with posthuman/new materialist analysis of Pasifika education research.
Principal, Tāneatua School
Disrupting the status quo has led Mārama to achieve some pretty cool things over the last 12 years. As Tāneatua School Principal she disrupted behaviour management practices by teaching her students to fight properly and with control. Mārama is passionate about Māori Leadership, disruptive curriculum, and chatting with her peers.
Lex (Te Rarawa) and Josh work hard to create empowering spaces and are deeply involved in their communities. Together, they use a partnership approach and futures thinking to work in ways which are Te Tiriti and identity honouring. Ko Tātou Tēnei is a piece of action research that brings voice to a group that is multiply-oppressed and marginalised; rangatahi takatāpui - our Māori LGBTQIA+ youth.
Kaiwhakahau Hōtaka, Māoriland Charitable Trust
Madeleine oversees programming for the Māoriland Film Festival (MFF), the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the southern hemisphere. Year-round Madeleine supports the wider work of the trust as a centre of Māori film and creative excellence. At the centre of this is Te Uru - the Māoriland Rangatahi Strategy, which nurtures rangatahi to find their voice through film and develop the practical skills to tell their unique stories.
Senior Academic and Kaiārahi Pasifika, University of Canterbury
Tufulasi champions Pasifika knowledge, learning content and context, fosters relationships with Pasifika families and community and promotes Pasifika education throughout the College of Education, Health and Human Development. A current PhD student, his doctoral studies focus on the impact of effective leadership in making a better start for Pasifika students in their learning, health and wellbeing.
CEO, ARA Journeys
Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa, Ngapuhi
ARA Journeys is a mobile gaming company that blends the digital world with the natural environment and indigenous narratives. Inspired by and drawing on her Māori culture, ARA’s award-winning games use immersive technologies (AR, MR, XR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to promote connection, education, and exploration. Amber is passionate about growing indigenous representation in STEAM subjects.
A Samoan New Zealander with connections to the village of Vaivase tai and Sinamoga in Sāmoa, Dahlia is an author, publisher and creator of Mila's Books - stories that help our tamaiti to be seen, heard and valued as Pasifika. She is also a passionate educator and advocate for Pasifika education, who enjoys creating stories and rich Pasifika literacy resources that develop cultural confidence amongst tamaiti (children), fanau (families) and faiā'oga (educators).
Ngāi Tuhoe me Ngā Whakatohea
As a young hine Māori who was suspended, stood-down and eventually expelled three times, Māia brings an experience of what it is like to be excluded from the education system and ‘fall through the cracks’. She will share her journey from being labelled an ‘at-risk’ youth to completing her second Bachelor’s degree this year.
This session contains sensitive content, which may be disturbing or traumatising to some audiences. Attendee discretion is advised. If you or someone you know may need support please contact Sexual Abuse Education NZ.