Trevor is the CEO of Sport Manawatū, a not-for-profit Regional Sports Trust, which provides services and events benefiting the health, sport and active recreation interests of the wider Manawatū region. As a sportsman, Trevor won 13 national boxing titles, represented New Zealand at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and won Bronze at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada. In 1994, Trevor was awarded a Sports Blue from Otago University, and was the inaugural New Zealand Universities Māori Sportsperson of the Year. Trevor has been involved in 9 Olympic and Commonwealth Games campaigns for the New Zealand team working with the late Amster Reedy on cultural engagement and athlete support. He was the Deputy Chef de Mission for the New Zealand team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Rio Olympics in 2016.
Trevor has worked in health promotion and social change for over twenty-five years, working as a Māori Development Manager for a crown entity, led and developed a national Māori smokefree brand (Auahi Kore), and was the Deputy Chair of the Alcohol Advisory Council. He has worked on numerous national advertising campaigns such as breast and cervical screening, Te Mana – MOE, sexual health, problem gambling and mental health.
In 2012, Trevor became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for contribution to sport and the community, and in 2017 was made a life member of the New Zealand Olympic Order for outstanding work and commitment to the Olympic movement. Trevor is the Patron of Parafed Manawatū aiming to encourage people with physical disability to participate in sport and recreation.
Dr Farah Rangikoepa Palmer (Waikato; Ngāti Maniapoto) is Associate Dean Māori for Massey Business School, and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, Massey University.
In December, 2016 she became the first female Director on the New Zealand Rugby Board and the Chair of the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board.
In 2018 she became a Sport NZ Board member. Her teaching and research interests are in sport sociology and leadership as they relate to diversity and team culture, with a particular focus on Māori and women.
Farah was a member of the New Zealand women’s rugby team (Black Ferns) from 1995 to 2006 and captained the team to three World Cup wins (1998, 2002, and 2006). Her work in sport and women’s rugby was acknowledged in 2007 when she became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) and she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014
Haurongo Ko Maungapohatu te maunga Ko Ohinemataroa te awa Ko Tūhoe te iwi Ko Otenuku te marae Ko Ngāti Kōura te hapū He uri tēnei nō ngā kārangatanga maha o roto mai o Tūhoe, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, me Ngāti Tuwharetoa.
He kaiako i tēnei wā i Te Aho Paerewa, he tohu whakangungu kaiako Māori mō ngā kura kaupapa o Te Aho Matua, kei Te Pūtahi a Toi, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa. I pakeke mai i te rekereke o te reo Māori, o te kōhanga reo, o te kura kaupapa Māori. He kura māhita reo Māori o mua, taihoa ake kua tahuri ki te whai i tana tohu kairangi e wānanga nei i ngā āhuatanga e whakaaweawe nei i te tipu o te reo o te tangata.
Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata Ngāti Raukawa Te Au ki Te Tonga Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata, Ngāi Tahu
Professor Durie is Head of School, Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (School of Māori Knowledge), Massey University. His work explores the integration and creation of Mātauranga Māori (Māori bodies of knowledge) across a broad spectrum of contemporary Māori realities and settings, including Māori Health, Education, Creative Arts and Whānau Ora. His current research explores notion of pūmanawa, or latent potential , or pūmanawa, residing within rangatahi, and in identifying profound catalysts that enhance rangatahi journeys to enable transcendence of barriers, leading ultimately to the revelation of pūmanawa.
PHD, Ngāti Kahungunu Adviser to the Hastings District Council for Māori Interests Chairman BOT Te Aute College, Thesis Title: Whakatangata kia kaha; Toitū te whakapapa, toitū te tuakiri, toitū te mana: An examination of the contribution of Te Aute College in Māori advancement.
“Mr James Graham had most recently been working with the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and had also held roles at Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and as a senior lecturer and academic at Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Waikato and the University of Canterbury.” – New Zealand Herald
BEd, Ngāti Raukawa me Muaūpoko HOD Māori Horowhenua College, Facilitator of Rangatahi Ora ACROSS School Lead Kāhui Ako Head Coach Horowhenua Rugby Union Team Top 4 Finalist – The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award 2017 – Rangatahi ora
Ngāti Rangitāne, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu. Director Pūhoro STEM Academy Founded Massey University Pūhoro Academy Programmes. Currently delivering Pūhoro STEM to rangatahi Māori within the Manawatū and Bay of Plenty.
The Pūhoro programme connects rangatahi Māori in secondary schools with tertiary settings and industry employers. The strength of the programme is the collaborative effors with whānau, schools Massey University and employers. Student receive weekly mentoring and support, enjoy field trips and laboratory experiences to improve understanding of the relevance of classroom learning to science in society and receive career exposure through industry partnerships.
Dr Ann Milne is a Pākehā educator who is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement.”
She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30 year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally sustaining learning approach centred on students’ cultural identities. Her book, Coloring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016.
Ann is the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships, including the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award in 2015 for “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.”
Since retiring from her principal’s role in 2016, Ann is busy working with principals, teachers, and schools who want to think differently about their practice.
It’s this statement that drives principal Bruce Jepsen, and his vision for the teaching and learning outcomes for all learners at Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School.
Bruce, of Ngāti Raukawa and Tūwharetoa descent, joined Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School in 2007.
It was New Zealand’s first Apple Distinguished School (ADS) and one of the country’s leading mainstream schools in normalising the delivery of te reo Māori and cultural competencies alongside positive impacts on student achievement, school, and community culture.
‘Creativity and innovation allow us to express our unique self, our identity, our language and our culture. The tools allow our voices to be heard, our hearts to be felt and our mauri to be nourished.
Bruce has 16 years principalship experience and has mentored widely throughout New Zealand. When he became principal of Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School in 2007, 90% of the students at the school were failing, and could not read, write or do math. 12 years on, the school is now one of the most successful primary schools in the country, and digital technology plays a big part in that success. Te Ākau ki Pāpāmoa School is now recognized as one of the worlds’ leading and most innovative ‘lighthouse’ schools.
Kia Aroha College is a Year 7 to 13 secondary school in Otara, South Auckland.
The school’s designated character includes bilingual learning (Māori, Samoan, Tongan) and a learning model described by the school as a “Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau”.
The aim of the school is to develop “Warrior-Scholars”. The Warrior-Researchers’ work is an example of this critically conscious curriculum. Their previous investigations, presented at research conferences nationally, expose education policies that don’t work for them as learners in our education system. These have included schools’ misinterpreting the words, “as Māori”, challenging the Communities of Learning initiative, and investigating the impact of racism in their education.