Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi, Ko te Whānau a Pōkai te Hapū, Ko Te Kapa o Hinekōpeka te Tūrangawaewae, Ko Pōkai te Marae, Ko Pōhatu te Wharekai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa.
My main accomplishments to-date are my five children and (so far) eight mokopuna.
I am a senior lecturer/researcher in education with a main focus on mathematics education in relation to kaupapa and mātauranga Māori in kura.
My teaching career began in 1992 in a bilingual class, and carried on to teaching in rūmaki units, kōhanga reo, kura and wharekura. My tertiary teaching career began at Victoria University where I spent eight years mainly focusing on maths education and education for Māori. I moved to Massey University after spending six and a half years lecturing in teacher education at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, some masters classes, and some adult numeracy and te reo Māori teaching for bridging-to-nursing students. My main focus at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi was teaching Pāngarau/maths and integration of curriculum area teaching and learning that centralises kaupapa and mātauranga Māori.
My PhD explored the relationships that kura communities have with mathematics education with a view to ensuring that kura have emancipated decision-making power to determine how kaupapa and mātauranga Māori are equitably privileged with kaupapa and mātauranga mathematics.