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Judging your entries

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If your team has achieved outstanding results at your school, kura or early learning service, our judges will be excited to hear about your work.

Your entry will be judged on the extent to which it shows that a change in practice has resulted in improved and sustained outcomes for all children, young people and the broader community.The criteria for judging are drawn from the world-renowned Best Evidence Synthesis and supported by education strategies and curriculum documents developed in New Zealand. See the Resources section for more information.

Note that the judging process is completely independent. Neither the Ministry of Education nor the Convenor has any influence on the Judging Panel’s decisions regarding the selection of finalists and winners.

Mēnā kua tino whai hua ā koutou mahi ko tō kura, rātonga kura kōhungahunga rānei, ka tino ongaonga ngā kaiwhakawā ki te kite i ā koutou mahi rangatira.

Ka whakawākia tā koutou tono whakauru i runga i te āhua o ngā mahi i panoni kia puta mai he painga mauroa mō ngā tamariki me ngā taiohi katoa me te hapori whānui. He mea tō mai ngā tikanga whakawā i ngā ariā rongonui o tēnei hanga e kīia nei ko Te Ariā Kete Raukura, ā, e tautokotia ana e ngā rautaki mātauranga me ngā tuhinga marautanga i waihangatia i Aotearoa tonu. Tirohia te wāhanga Rauemi mō ētahi atu kōrero.

Ka wehea atu kia noho motuhake te tukanga whakawā. Kāore he awenga ō te Tāhuhu, o te Kaiwhakarite rānei ki ngā whakatau a te Paepae Whakawā mō ngā whiringa toa.

The Judging Process

Te Tukanga Whakawā

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Step 1

TUATAHI

First, all entries received by the closing date will be assessed to make sure they’re eligible — so don’t forget to view the eligibility criteria (on the entry form) before you start.

Ka tirotirohia ngā tono whakauru katoa ka tae mai i mua i te rā kati kia kitea ai mēnā kua ea te wāhi ki ngā tikanga māraurau — kei wareware koe ki te tirotiro i aua tikanga i mua i tō tīmatanga.

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Step 2

TUARUA

An independent Judging Panel of New Zealand education leaders, academics and commentators will review the entries as outlined in the bullet points below.

The Judging Panel then meets to select up to four finalists for each category and for the Education Focus Prize.

Ka tirohia ngā tono e te Paepae Kaiwhakawā me ngā kaiārahi mātauranga, ngā pūkenga, ngā mātanga hoki i runga i te āhua o ngā kōrero e rārangi ana i raro nei.

Kāore e neke atu i te whā o ngā toa ka whiriwhiria mō ia wāhanga me te Taonga Mātauranga i te puna tono whakauru.

Step 3

TUATORU

The Judging Panel visits the finalists to see the case studies in action and speak with the team. After that, they’ll convene to select each of the four category winners, the Education Focus Prize winner and winner of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award.

Ka toro atu te paepae kaiwhakawā ki ngā whiringa toa kia kite i ngā mahi, ki te kōrero hoki ki te rōpū. Kātahi ka hui rātou ki te whakatau i ngā toa mō ngā wāhanga e whā, te toa mō te Taonga Mātauranga me te toa mō te Tohu Nui a te Pirimia.

The Judging Panel will review the entries to identify the extent to which each case study shows:

  • change that reflects best evidence of what works to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • the use of curriculum and strategies developed in New Zealand
  • clear improvement in outcomes for children and young people - social, cultural and academic
  • that the improvements achieved are ongoing – i.e. that they were sustained over at least two years
  • evidence that your team’s entry has integrated the three elements of the Education Excellence Framework.

Ka tirotirohia ngā tono e te Paepae Kaiwhakawā kia mōhio ki tā ngā take wānanga e whakaatu mai:

  • kaha hiki i te whai huanga ki tā ngā taunakitanga i kī ai mō ngā mahi whai hua mā ngā tamariki me ngā taiohi katoa; 
  • whai i ngā marautanga me ngā rautaki i waihangatia i Aotearoa tonu;
  • huanga mai o te pai mō ngā tamariki me ngā taiohi katoa - ā-nohoanga iwi nei, ā-tikanga, ā-mātanga anō
  • he mea mauroa ngā tutukitanga, mō ngā tau e rua, neke atu rānei
  • he kōrero taunaki hei whakaatu mai kua tōpū i tā koutou tono whakauru ngā huanga e toru o te Papa Kairangi.

Meet the 2019 Judging Panel

Tūtaki mai ki te Paepae Kaiwahakawā 2019

Judge

Sose Annandale

Principal, Russell School

Tumuaki, Te Kura o Russell

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Sose Annandale

Principal, Russell School

Sose has over 30 years’ experience in education in the early childhood and primary sectors. She has been principal of Russell School in Porirua since 2011. At Russell School she continually strives to build a culture of collaboration with all stakeholders – supporting and empowering staff to grow in leadership roles. She places a strong emphasis on involving the community, volunteers, and organisations in the school’s operation focussed on raising outcomes for children and their families.

Sose is a member of the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce/Advisory Panel, Pacific Island Principals’ National Executive, N4L Leadership Advisory Panel, and the Police and Education Partnership Working Group. Sose has been a regional Principal representative for NZEI.

Sose has presented at a number of conferences and symposiums including the Positive Behaviour for Learning conference 2012, Leo Pasifika - Pasifika Voice in Action 2014, the Raising Pasifika Success Community Fono 2014, Carrying the Tapa workshop in 2015, the Pasifika National Fono and the Mathematical Education Research Group Australasia – MERGA Plenary Panel in 2018.

Sose was a Wellingtonian of the Year finalist in education in 2012.

Sose Annandale

Tumuaki, Te Kura o Russell

Neke atu i te 30 tau a Sose e mahi ana i te ao mātauranga i ngā rāngai kura kōhungahunga, kura tuatahi hoki. Mai rā anō i te tau 2011 ko ia te tumuaki o te Kura o Russell i Porirua. I roto i ngā tau, ko ia tērā e tohe tonu ana kia tau ai te whakaaro o te mahitahi ki ngā tāngata katoa e whai pānga ana – me te tautoko, te whakamana hoki i ngā kaiako kia tipu hei kaiarataki ā tōna wā. Ko tētahi tino kaupapa ko te whai wāhi mai o te hapori, ngā tūao me ngā whakahaere ki ngā mahi a te kura hei hāpai i ngā hua mō ngā tamariki me ō rātou whanau.

He mema a Sose o te Ohumahi/ Rōpū Tohutohu mō te Arotake i Ngā Kura mō Āpōpō, Te Uepū ā-Motu o ngā Tumuaki Pasifika, te Rōpū Tohutohu mō N4L Leadership, me Rōpū Mahi mō te Whakahoatanga o Ngā Pirihimana me te Mātauranga. Kua tū hoki ia hei māngai ā-rohe mō Te Riuroa (NZEI).
Kua tū hoki ia hei kaikōrero ki ētahi huihuinga, pērā i te hui Positive Behaviour for Learning 2012, Leo Pasifika 2014, te Fono ā-Hapori mō Raising Pasifika Success 2014, te papamahi Carrying the Tapa i 2015, te Fono Pasifika ā-Motu me te Rōpū Rangahau Mātauranga Pāngarau mō Australasia – MERGA Plenary Panel i 2018.

Ko Sose tetahi o ngā whiringa toa mō Wellingtonian of the Year i 2012.

Judge

Kate Shevland

Principal, Orewa College

Tumuaki, Orewa Kāreti

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Kate Shevland

Principal, Orewa College

Kate has been Principal of Orewa College for 20 years and has strong links across the education sector. She is currently on the Executive of the Auckland Secondary Principals’ Association and leads the Orewa Community of Learning.

She has previously been on the Board of Rodney Economic Development Trust, Auckland Secondary Schools Headmaster’s Association, Harbour Sport, Chair of North Shore Secondary Principals Group, and on many local educational advisory committees. She was on the Ministerial reference groups for the RTLB review and Twenty First Century Learning.

Kate is currently on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Board.

She is a strong advocate for relevant future focussed learning, responsive to student and societal needs.

Kate Shevland

Tumuaki, Orewa Kāreti

Kua 20 tau a Kate e kawe ana i te tūnga Tumuaki i Ōrewa Kāreti, ā, kua mārō kē ōna hononga puta noa i te rāngai mātauranga. I tēnei wā, ko ia tētahi o te Rōpū Kaiwhakahaere o Te Tōpūtanga o ngā Tumuaki Kura Tuarua o Tāmaki-makaurau, ā, ko ia hoki te kaiārahi o te Kāhui Ako o Ōrewa.

I ngā tau ki mua i noho ia hei mema ki te Poari Whanake Ōhanga o Rodney, te Tōpūtanga o ngā Tumuaki Kura Tuarua o Tāmaki-makaurau, Harbour Sport, hei Heamana ki te Rōpū Tumuaki Tuarua o te Rakipaewhenua, me te maha atu o ngā kōmiti mātauranga ā-rohe. He mema hoki ia o ngā rōpū tohutohu a Minita mō te arotakenga RTLB me Twenty First Century Learning.

I tēnei wā he mema a Kate o te Poari o Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa.

He kautanaki kaha ia i te akoranga anamata kia hāngai tonu ki ngā matea ākonga, porihanga hoki.

Judge

Linley Myers

Principal, Royal Oak Primary School

Tumuaki, Royal Oak Primary School

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Linley Myers

Principal, Royal Oak Primary School

Linley Myers has a Master of Education with first class honours, in which she researched the impact of teaching practices for students identified as Gifted and/or Talented.

She has been involved in education for many years firstly as a teacher and in a variety of leadership roles. After many years within schools she began work with the Ministry of Education as a leadership adviser working predominantly with senior leaders in assessment and appraisal practices.

Since then she has worked as an Education Review Officer and was involved in the trials of the more participatory approaches now used by the Education Review Office.

Linley was principal of Maungawhau School in Mount Eden, Auckland for six years and for the last nine years at Royal Oak Primary School.
She is lead principal for the Nga Manu Awhina RTLB cluster hosted at her school and is a member of the principals' national executive for RTLB. She is lead principal for her Kāhui Ako cluster, Te Iti Kahurangi, which hosts 10 schools and several early childhood providers.

Linley recently received a Distinguished Fellow award for her services to the Auckland Primary Principals' Association.

Linley Myers

Tumuaki, Royal Oak Primary School

He Tohu Paerua Mātauranga me ngā hōnore taumata tuatahi tā Linley Myers, ko tana kaupapa rangahau ko te pāpātanga o ngā mahi akoako ki ērā ākonga kua tautohua he ākonga Pūmanawa.
He maha noa ōna tau i te ao mātauranga, hei kaiako ka tahi, i ngā tūranga kaiarataki huhua, ka rua. Nō muri mai ka mahi ia i te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga hei kaitohutohu kaiarataki mō te nuinga te wā i mahitahi ia me ngā kaiarataki kura i runga i te aromatawai me ngā tikanga titiro i ngā mahi a te kaiako.

Mai i taua wā kua mahi ia hei Āpiha Arotake Mātauranga, ā, i whai wāhi ia ki te whakamātauranga o ngā huarahi urutau kei te whakamahia i ēnei wā e te Tari Arotake.

Ko Lynley te tumuaki o te Kura o Maungawhau i Tāmaki-makaurau mō ngā tau e ono, ā, mō ngā tau e iwa ka hori, ki te Kura Tuatahi o Royal Oak. Ko ia anō te tumuaki kaiārahi o te kāhui RTLB o Ngā Manu Āwhina kei te manaakitia i tana kura anō. He mema hoki ia o te uepū ā-motu o ngā tumuaki mō ngā RTLB. Ko ia anō hoki te tumuaki kaiārahi mō tana Kāhui Ako, ko Te Iti Kahurangi me ōna kura 10 me ētahi kaituku kura kōhungahunga.

Nō nā tata nei i whakawhiwhia a Linley ki te tohu Distinguished Fellow mō āna mahi i te Topūtanga o Ngā Tumuaki Kura Tuatahi o Tāmaki-makaurau.

Judge

Dr Mere Berryman ONZM, PhD, MEd, BEd, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

Professor at the University of Waikato, Faculty of Education

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare Ahorangi Mātauranga i te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

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Dr Mere Berryman ONZM, PhD, MEd, BEd, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

Professor at the University of Waikato, Faculty of Education

After teaching for more than 20 years Mere began researching in the 1990s. This work focussed on collaborations with schools, Māori students, their families, and communities through relational and responsive literacy and behavioural interventions.

This work then merged with reform programmes aimed at developing cultural relationships and responsive pedagogy to promote Māori students’ educational success as Māori. Such a pedagogy combines decolonising understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theory.

From 2014 to 2016, Mere directed this work in 95 New Zealand secondary schools in the Building on Success: Kia Eke Panuku initiative. Ongoing evidence of educational disparities for Māori continues to make this work a priority for Mere.

Mere has worked in these areas with indigenous and minoritised groups from other parts of the world.

In 2016 she became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori and education. In 2018 she was a member of the Minister’s Taskforce asked to review Tomorrow’s Schools.

Mere is currently the Director of the Poutama Pounamu Equity Excellence and Belonging group working with a team of Accredited Facilitators and Expert Partners who work with Kāhui Ako and school leaders.

Dr Mere Berryman ONZM, PhD, MEd, BEd, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare Ahorangi Mātauranga i te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

I ngā tau 1990, i muri mai i te mahi whakaako mō te 20 tau ka tahuri a Mere ki te mahi rangahau. Ko te aronga o tēnei mahi he mahitahi me ngā kura, ngā whanau me ngā hapori me te whai kia hāngai, kia whai hua hoki te ako i te reo matatini me ngā whakataunga ā-whanonga.

Ka hanumi tēnei mahi ki ngā kaupapa whakatikatika hei whakawhanake i ngā hononga ahurea me ngā huarahi ako e angitu ai ngā ākonga Māori hei Māori anō. Ko whakakakotahi ēnei huarahi ako i ngā mōhiotanga hei pare atu i te tāmitanga mai i ngā whakapuakanga kaupapa Māori, wetewete kaikini hoki.
Mai i 2014 ki 2016 ka whakahaeretia e Mere tēnei mahi i roto i ngā kura tuarua 92 i Aotearoa i raro i te kaupapa o Building on Success: Kia Eke Panuku. Nā ngā rerekētanga e kitea tonutia ana, ka noho tonu tēnei mahi hei tino kaupapa mā Mere.

Kua mahitahi a Mere i runga i tēnei kaupapa anō me ngā rōpū iwi taketake, pairikiriki hoki o te ao whānui.

I 2016 ka whakaūngia ia hei Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit mō āna mahi mō te Māori me te mātauranga. I 2018 he mema ia o te Rōpū Mahi a te Minita hei arotake i te kaupapa o ngā Kura mō Āpōpō.

I tēnei wā, ko Mere te Kaiwhakahaere o te rōpū o Poutama Pounamu Equity Excellence e mahitahi ana me tētahi rōpū Kaiwhakarite Kua Mana me ngā Hoa Mātanga e mahi ana me ngā Kāhui Ako me ngā kaiārahi kura.

Judge

Dr Wendy Kofoed

Principal, Newmarket Primary School

Tumuaki, Kura Tuatahi o Newmarket

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Dr Wendy Kofoed

Principal, Newmarket Primary School

Dr Wendy Kofoed is currently Principal of Newmarket Primary School in central Auckland. She has broad experience of teaching and leadership and works with schools and teachers in New Zealand, and internationally. Wendy serves on several advisory groups for initial teacher education and special education, and is a lead principal of resource teachers.

Wendy has particular interest in curriculum and futures education, and in developing, growing, and sustaining effective leadership. Her academic and research interests include the role of schools in developing strong home and school partnerships.

Wendy won a National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award and has served as a Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards judge for several years.

She is strongly involved in a range of professional networks, and in sharing and celebrating the strength of education in New Zealand.

Dr Wendy Kofoed

Tumuaki, Kura Tuatahi o Newmarket

Ko Tākuta Wendy Kofoed te tumuaki o te Kura Tuatahi o Newmarket i Akarana. He whānui tōna mōhiotanga i āna mahi whakaako, arataki hoki, ā, ka mahi ia me ngā kura, kaiako hoki i Aotearoa nei, i te ao whānui hoki. Kei runga a Wendy i ētahi rōpū tohutohu, ā, he tumuaki arataki mō ngā kaiako kaiāwhina.

E tino kaingākau ana a Wendy ki ngā kaupapa marautanga, te mātauranga mō te āpōpō, ki te whakawhanake me te whakapūmau i te aratakitanga tika. Ko tētahi kaupapa rangahau e ngākautia ana e ia ko te wāhi ki ngā kura hei whakatipu whakahoatanga kaha i waenga i te kura me te kāinga.

I whakawhiwhia a Wendy ki te Tohu Hiranga ā-Motu mō te Whakaako me te Arataki, ā, kua noho anō ia hei kaiawhakawā mō Ngā Tohu Kairangi Mātauranga ā-Motu me ētahi tau.

Kua tino whai wāhi atu ia ki ētahi kōtuinga ngaio, ki te tuari, ki te whakanui anō hoki i te kaha o te mātauranga i Aotearoa.

Judge

Professor Graham Smith (CNZM)

Distinguished Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori Massey University

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

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Professor Graham Smith (CNZM)

Distinguished Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori Massey University

Graham is an internationally renowned Māori educationalist who has been at the forefront of alternative Māori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His academic background is within the disciplines of education, social anthropology, and cultural and policy studies, with recent work centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies for intervening in Māori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises.

He is involved in the development of Tribal Universities and is a retired chairperson of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi Council.
In his former position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori), he was responsible for developing a Māori University structure within The University of Auckland.

Graham’s earlier training is in Social Anthropology and he completed an MA (Hons) dissertation on Māori Rituals of Encounter.
He was the first teacher of a Māori immersion Kura Kaupapa Māori school. His theoretical leadership has informed the emergence of Māori education studies as a distinct entity within the tertiary sector, in particular New Zealand universities.

He has contributed to the advancement of indigenous Māori communities. He has also worked extensively with other indigenous/First Nations peoples across the world. Graham is a regular contributor to national forums on indigenous issues and has also been an authoritative voice at international forums on indigenous education issues. Graham has been an active contributor to the critical debate on race and ethnicity both in New Zealand and abroad and maintains a strong influence in the Māori language revitalisation movement.

His other specialist interest is in institutional transformations in order to deliver more effectively to, and for the interests of, indigenous students, faculty and communities. He has published widely and is in demand as a commentator on national and international indigenous matters.

In 2017 Graham was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the then Minister of Education, Nikki Kaye. He has recently taken up an appointment as the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Māori) at Massey University.

Professor Graham Smith (CNZM)

Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

He mātanga mātauranga Māori a Graham, ā, kua roa ia e noho ana i te ihu o te waka mātauranga Māori i te ao mātauranga i tua anō hoki. I te ao mātauranga ko āna tino kaupapa ko te mātauranga whānui, mātauranga tikanga tangata me ngā akoranga ahurea, kaupapa here hoki, ā, ko āna mahi nō nākuanei i hāngai ki te whakatipu rautaki whakaumu e takea mai ana i ngā whakapuakanga hei wawao i ngā take ahurea, tōrangapū, pāpori, mātauranga, ōhanga hoki e whakararu nei i te Māori.

Kei te whai wāhi hei aki i te whanaketanga o ngā Wānanga ā-Iwi, ā, ko ia hoki tētahi Heamana o mua o te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. I tōna tūranga o mua hei Tumuaki Mātāmua (Māori), ko tāna he whakawhanake i te hanga o te Whare Wānanga Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau.

Ko tētahi o āna akoranga o mua ko te Mātauranga Tikanga Tangata, ā, ko ‘Māori Rituals of Encounter’ te kaupapa o tana tuhinga roa mō tana tohu paerua MA (Hōnore). Ko ia te kaiako tuatahi o tētahi kura kaupapa Māori. Nā tana arataki ā-huinga whakaaro i whaitake ai ngā akoranga mātauranga Māori hei akoranga tūturu i roto i ngā whare wānanga puta noa i Aotearoa.

He nui tonu tana whai koha kia ahu whakamua ngā hapori Māori, ā-tōrangapū, ā-pāpori, ā-ōhanga, ā-ahurea hoki. Kua whānui hoki āna mahi i te taha o ngā iwi tāngata whenua puta noa i te ao. He kanohi kitea a Graham i ngā huihuinga ā-motu mō ngā take tangata whenua, ko tōna reo he mea whaimana i ngā huihuinga mātauranga o ngā iwi taketake o te ao. Rite tonu te rangona o tōna reo i ngā whakawhitiwhiti kōrero e pā ana ki te 'iwitanga' i Aotearoa nei i tāwāhi hoki, ā, he awenga nui tōna ki te kaupapa o te whakarauora i te reo Māori.

Ko tētahi atu kaupapa ngākaunui ki a ia ko te whakaumu i ngā whare wānanga kia tōtika ai te whakarato i āna kaupapa ki ngā ākonga iwi taketake tae atu ki ngā hapori. E hia kē ōna whakaputanga kōrero mō aua kaupapa, ā, he tangata kei te kaha hiahiatia hei kaikōrero mō ngā kaupapa iwi taketake ā-motu, ā-ao anō hoki.

I 2017 i whakawhiwhia a Graham ki te
Lifetime Achievement Award e te Minita Mātauranga e Nikki Kaye. Nō nā tata nei i whakaūngia hei Tumuaki Tuarua (Māori) ki Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.

Judge

Wendy Lee

Director of the Educational Leadership Project (ELP)

Tumuaki: Educational Leadership Project Ltd. (ELP)

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Wendy Lee

Director of the Educational Leadership Project (ELP)

Wendy Lee is the director of ELP Ltd, which provides professional learning opportunities for teachers in the early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand. Over the past two decades, her team has provided professional learning for teachers interested in the application of Learning Stories in many other countries including England, Germany, the USA, and especially China.

Wendy started her career as a kindergarten teacher and was then a head teacher before becoming a lecturer in ECE at the North Shore Teachers Training College, Auckland. Later, she was a manager at the Waikato Kindergarten Association before leaving to form her own company.

Her passion for ECE resulted in her becoming national President of the Kindergarten Teachers Association and then, as a mother, her strong advocacy for the role of mothers and children in society lead to community work and ultimately to her role as a Councillor for the Rotorua District Council.

Wendy's strong belief in life-long education, social equity, and the key role of the ECE sector in achieving this, lead to her increasing collaboration with Professor Margaret Carr over a range of ECE research projects emanating from Te Whāriki. These included co-directorship of the National ECE Assessment and Learning Exemplar project resulting in the Kei Tua o te Pae books on assessment.

More recently she has assisted Margaret in the co-authorship of several books on Learning Stories. Her determination to provide all ECE teachers with practical tools that are deeply embedded in the principles of the Whāriki is reflected in the development and application of Learning Stories for both assessment and professional learning.

Wendy Lee

Tumuaki: Educational Leadership Project Ltd. (ELP)

Ko Wendy Lee te tumuaki o ELP Ltd, ko tāna tuku akoranga ngaio mā ngā kaiako kei te rāngai kura kōhungahunga i Aotearoa. I ngā tau rua tekau kua hipa kua tuku tana tīma i ngā kaupapa akoranga ngaio mō ērā kaiako e kaingākau nei ki te whakamahinga o ngā Pūrākau Ako i ētahi atu whenua o te ao, pērā i Ingarangi, Tiamani, Amerika, me Haina.

I tīmata a Wendy hei kaiako kura pūhou, ā, ka piki ki te tūranga tumuaki, kātahi ki te tūranga pūkenga i North Shore Teachers Training College, i te Raki Paewhenua. Nō muri mai ko ia tētahi o ngā kaiwhakahaere o te Tōpūtanga o ngā Kura Pūhou o Waikato, kātahi, ka whakarērea e ia taua tūranga ka whakatū ai i tāna ake kamupene.

Nā tōna ngākaunui ki te Mātauranga Kura Kōhungahunga, ka hua ko ia hei Perehitini ā-Motu mō te Tōpūtanga Kaiako Kura Pūhou, kātahi nā tana whakatūtū mō te wāhi ki ngā māmā me ngā tamariki i roto i te porihanga, ko te mutunga atu ko tana tū hei Kaikaunihera mō te Kaunihera o Rotorua.

Nā tōna kaha whakapono anō ki te mātauranga mutunga kore, te whiwhinga ōrite, me te wāhi o te rāngai Kura Kōhungahunga hei whakatutuki i tēnei kaupapa, ka kaha ai tana mahitahi me Ahorangi Margaret Carr i runga i ētahi kaupapa rangahau Kura Kōhungahunga e hua mai ana i Te Whāriki. Nā tēnei kaupapa ko ia tētahi o ngā kaiwhakahaere takirua o te kaupapa Aromatawai ā-Motu Kura Kōhungahunga me ngā Tauaromahi, nāna ka puta ngā pukapuka aromatawai o Kei Tua o te Pae.
I ngā tau tata nei nāna a Margaret i āwhina, ka tuhi ai i ētahi pukapuka mō ngā Pūrākau Akoranga. Nāna tōna hiringa kia whiwhi ai ngā Kaiako Kura Kōhungahunga katoa i ngā rauemi e pūtake mai ana i ngā mātāpono o Te Whāriki ko te whanaketanga tērā me te whakamahinga o ngā Pūrākau Akoranga hei rauemi aromatawai, ako ngaio hoki.

Judge

Helen May

Emeritus Professor, College of Education, University of Otago

Ahorangi o Mua, Te Whare Wānanga o Otago

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Helen May

Emeritus Professor, College of Education, University of Otago

Helen May taught for nine years as a primary school teacher in the junior classes. Later, when Helen had her own children, she worked in childcare including five years as the Coordinator of the Victoria University of Wellington crèche.

In 1987 Helen began work in teacher education at Hamilton Teachers' College and later the University of Waikato. During the early 1990s she was the co-director, with Margaret Carr, of the early childhood curriculum project that led to the development of Te Whāriki, the first national curriculum guidelines for early childhood in New Zealand.

In 1995 Helen was appointed to the first New Zealand professorial Chair in Early Childhood Education at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2005, she was appointed as Professor of Education and Head of Faculty of Education at the University of Otago, and was the foundation Dean of the University of Otago College of Education after the merger with Dunedin College of Education.

Helen retired from Otago in 2017 and was appointed an Emeritus Professor. As well she became an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University of Wellington and is now living in Wellington. She has spoken and published widely in the field of early childhood curriculum and the history and policy of early year’s education.

Helen May

Ahorangi o Mua, Te Whare Wānanga o Otago

He kaiako kura tuatahi a Helen mō ngā tau e 9. Nō muri mai, i a ia e whakatipu ana i āna ake tamariki, ka mahi ia i tētahi kura kōhungahunga me te mahi hoki mō ngā tau e rima hei Kairuruku o te kura kōhungahunga i Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui.

I te tau 1987 ka tīmata a Helen ki te mahi i Hamilton Teachers' College, whai muri mai ki Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. I te tau tekau o 1990 ko rāua ko Margaret Carr ngā tumuaki takirua o te kaupapa kura kōhungahunga nā reira i whakawhanaketia ai Te Whāriki, arā, te marautanga ā-motu tuatahi mō ngā kura kōhungahunga o Aotearoa.

I 1995 ka whakatūria a Helen ki te Tūru Ahorangi tuatahi mō te Mātauranga Kōhungahunga i Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui. I 2005, ka whakatūria ia hei Ahorangi, hei Tumuaki hoki o te Kura Mātauranga i Te Whare Wānanga o Otago, ā, ko ia hoki te Kaiako Kaiwhakahaere tuatahi o te Kāreti Mātauranga o Te Whare Wānanga o Otago, muri mai i te hononga me Dunedin College of Education.

Ka heke mai a Helen i tana tūranga i Otago i 2017, ka whakaingoatia hei Ahorangi o Mua, hei Ahorangi Hamanga ki Te Whare Wānanga o Te Upoko o Te Ika, ā, kei Pōneke ia e noho ana. E hia kē ana kauhau, me ana tuhinga mō te marautanga kōhungahunga me te hītori me ngā kaupapa here e pā ana ki te mātauranga kōhungahunga.

Judge

Louise Anaru

Principal, Flaxmere College

Tumuaki, Flaxmere Kāreti

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Louise Anaru

Principal, Flaxmere College

Louise Anaru is the principal of Flaxmere College which was the winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Supreme Award. She affiliates to Ngāpuhi and Te Rawawa.

Flaxmere College has made good progress to achieve higher levels of equity and increased excellence in outcomes, with nearly all Māori students now gaining Level 1 NCEA and most achieving Level 2 and 3.

Louise was the recipient of a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2013.

Louise has been actively involved in the National Aspiring Principals’ Programme and First-time Principals Programme, and is currently a Beginning Principal Mentor. She is also currently on the Professional Advisory Group providing advice on the NCEA review.

Louise Anaru

Tumuaki, Flaxmere Kāreti

Ko Louise Anaru te tumuaki o Flaxmere Kāreti, koia anō te kura i toa i Ngā Tohu Kairangi Mātauranga a te Pirimia 2018 me te aha, i whakawhiwhia ki Te Tohu Nui a te Pirimia. Ko Ngāpuhi me Te Rarawa ngā iwi o Louise.

Autaia tonu ngā mahi a Flaxmere Kāreti i tana neke whakamua kia taea e te kura ngā taumata pai atu o te whiwhinga ōrite me te hiranga o ngā huanga, ā, tata tonu te katoa o ngā ākonga Māori kua whiwhi i te Taumata 1 NCEA, ā, ko te nuinga e whiwhi ana i ngā Taumata 2 me 3.

I te tau 2013 i whakawhiwhia a Louise ki te Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award.

Kua whai wāhi atu a Louise ki te Kaupapa ā-Motu mō te hunga e whai ana i te tūranga Tumuaki, me tērā mō ngā Tumuaki hou, ā, ko ia hoki tētahi o ngā Kaitohutohu Tumuaki Hou. I tēnei wā kei runga i ia i te Rōpū Tohutohu Ngaiotanga mō te Arotakenga o te NCEA.

Judge

George Ihimaera

Principal, Kereru Park Campus

Tumuaki, Kererū Park Campus

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George Ihimaera

Principal, Kereru Park Campus

George is the Principal at Kereru Park Campus. He is a passionate educationalist and has been in the profession for over 25 years. During this time he has taught in a variety of schools in the primary sector, ranging from junior to senior classes as well as in bilingual and total immersion Māori units. He has also held senior management positions as a Deputy Principal in a number of schools before becoming Principal at Kereru Park Campus.

As a lifelong learner he is still involved in study and has completed a postgraduate diploma in Educational Leadership and Management and a Te Ara Reo Level 5 Diploma in Te Reo Māori. In 2018 George completed a certificate in proficiency in Te Reo Māori through Te Wananga Takiura o Aotearoa.

George is a strong advocate for Māori education and is currently the President of the Auckland Māori Principals Association - Aka Tamaki. George is a current member of the executive team for Te Akatea, the New Zealand Māori Principals Association and also sits on the Auckland Primary Principals Association Council.

George Ihimaera

Tumuaki, Kererū Park Campus

Ko George te tumuaki i Kererū Park Campus. He kaimātauranga tūkaha ia ā, neke atu i te 25 tau ia i tēnei umanga e mahi ana. Kua ako ia i ngā momo kura tuatahi, mai i ngā akomanga taina ki ngā mea tuakana, tae atu ki ngā akomanga reorua, rumaki reo Māori hoki. I kawea hoki e ia ētahi tūranga Tumuaki Tuarua i mua i tōna whakaūnga hei Tumuaki i Kererū Park Campus.

Hei ākonga kura roa, kei te whai tonu ia i ngā tohu mātauranga, ā, kua whiwhi ia i tētahi tohu paerua mō te Arataki me te Whakahaere Mātauranga, me tētahi Pōkairua Te Ara Reo Māori Taumata 5. I 2018 ka oti i a George tētahi tiwhikete Te Reo Māori i Te Wānanga Takiura o Aotearoa.

He kaitaunaki kaha a George mō te mātauranga Māori, ā, i tēnei wā ko ia te Perehitini o te Tōpūtanga Tumuaki Māori o Tāmaki-makaurau. He mema hoki ia o te rōpū kaiwhakahaere o Te Akatea, te Tōpūtanga Tumuaki Māori o Aotearoa, ā, kei runga hoki ia i te Kaunihera o Te Tōpūtanga Tumuaki Kura Tuatahi o Tāmaki-makaurau.

Judge

Dr Ann Milne

Consultant

Mātanga Kaitohutohu

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Dr Ann Milne

Consultant

Ann’s research and experience focus on enabling educators to develop a critical, culturally sustaining learning approach centred on students' identities "as Māori" and "as Samoan”, as who they are first. As a Pākehā educator, she is a strong critic of pervasive,
deficit-driven explanations of Māori and Pasifika under-achievement. She led the ground-breaking work at Auckland’s Kia Aroha College (Otara, Auckland) over an almost 30-year journey to create a learning model that rejects practice which alienates Māori and Pasifika learners.

Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, based on her doctoral research, was published in 2016. In 2015, Ann was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious Service with Distinction Award, which recognises outstanding service to education in New Zealand. Ann is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships, including both the New Zealand Education Administration and Leadership Society’s (NZEALS) Dame Jean Herbison Scholarship and the President’s Research Award. In 2007 she was the NZEALS Visiting Scholar, and in 2009 was awarded the Auckland Savings Bank/Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Travelling Fellowship.

Since retiring from her principal’s role in 2016, Ann now works with principals, schools, and a wide range of organisations across education sectors and levels, who want to make real change for indigenous and minoritised learners in their groups and schools. Her work in New Zealand has prioritised Māori and Pasifika learners.

She is a speaker, facilitator, and contributor to international and national conferences and workshops.

Dr Ann Milne

Mātanga Kaitohutohu

Hāngai tonu te aronga o te rangahau me te wheako o Anne kia taea ai e ngā kaimātauranga te whakatipu huarahi ako kaikini, mauroa hoki e hāngai pū ana ki ā te ākonga tuakiri “hei Māori”, “hei Hāmoa,” hoki. Hei kaimātauranga Pākehā, he kaiwānanga kaha ia i ngā kōrero kawekawe e whakaiti ana i te whiwhinga-kore a ngā ākonga Pasifika.
Nāna anō tētahi huarahi hou i para i Kia Aroha Kāreti (Ōtara) i roto i ngā tau 30 neke atu ki te waihanga i tētahi whakaakoranga e ākiri ana i ngā mahi e whakakaikiri nei i ngā ākonga Māori, Pasifika hoki.
Ko tana pukapuka, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools i hua mai i tana rangahau Tohu Kairangi i whakaputahia i 2016. I whakawhiwhia hoki ia ki tētahi tohu whaimana, arā te Service with Distinction Award a te Tōpūtanga o Ngā Tumuaki o Aotearoa, e whakanui ana i ngā mahi rangatira a tētahi i te ao mātauranga I Aotearoa. Kua whiwhi anō a Anne i ētahi tahua rangahau, karahipi hoki, arā, te New Zealand Education Administration and Leadership Society’s (NZEALS) Dame Jean Herbison Scholarship me te President’s Research Award. I 2007 ko ia te Pūkenga Whakatorotoro o NZEALS, ā, i 2009 i whakawhiwhia ia ki te Auckland Savings Bank/Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Travelling Fellowship.

Mai i 2016, arā, te tau i heke mai ia i tana tūranga tumuaki, kua mahitahi a Anne me ngā tumuaki, kura me te whānuitanga o ngā whakahaere puta noa i te rāngai mātauranga e whai ana kia pai ake ngā hua mō ngā ākonga iwi taketake, paerikiriki hoki i ō rātou nā kura. Ko tana tino mahi i Aotearoa nei ko ngā ākonga Māori, ākonga Pasifika hoki.

Ka mutu, he kaikauwhau, he kaiwhakarite hoki ia i ngā huihuinga ā-ao, ā-motu me ngā awheawhe.