Achieving equity and excellence in education for Māori students Event as iCalendar

08 November 2017

6 - 7pm

Venue: Whangarei Central Library

Location: 5 Rust Ave, Whangarei

Host: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Cost: Free

Associate Professor Melinda Webber
Associate Professor Melinda Webber

The success of Māori students at school is a matter of national interest and a number of recent initiatives have been implemented in New Zealand schools to address the educational disparities between Māori and non-Māori.  Many of these initiatives have been premised on an influential Māori education strategy called Ka Hikitia (2009, 2013). The overall goal of the Ka Hikitia strategy is to enable Māori to enjoy and achieve educational success as Māori and the Ministry of Education has described this as being when “Māori students have their identity, language and culture valued and included in teaching and learning in ways that support them to engage and achieve success” and when they “know their potential and feel supported to set goals and take action to enjoy success” (MOE, 2013, p.13). 

The research further suggests that enabling Māori to succeed as Māori involves:

  • Implementing teaching and learning approaches in schools that are engaging, effective, and enjoyable for all Māori students
  • Having appropriately high expectations for all Māori students
  • Tracking and monitoring what works to support excellent Māori educational outcomes
  • Developing productive partnerships with whānau, iwi, and community that are responsive and reciprocal – leading to collective action, outcomes, and solutions

This presentation will outline the objectives and key findings of three recent research initiatives/projects:

  1. Ka Awatea: An iwi case study of Māori student success
  2. Māori Achievement Collaboratives (MACs) 
  3. The Starpath Project

About the speaker

Associate Professor Melinda Webber is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar who has published widely on the nature of Māori identity. Melinda's research examines the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students. In 2016, Melinda was awarded a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start grant to undertake a research project examining the distinctive identity traits of Ngāpuhi, New Zealand’s largest iwi.

Associate Professor Melinda Webber is the current Director of The Starpath Project. She spent four years working as a researcher on The Starpath Project from 2011-2014 identifying and addressing the barriers that prevent participation and success in degree-level education especially for Māori, Pacific, and other students from low socio-economic communities. She also spent six years as a co-principal Investigator on the Ka Awatea Project examining the nature of teaching, learning and home socialisation patterns that support high-achieving Māori students in New Zealand.

The University of Auckland in Whangarei, in association with Whangarei District Council, invite you to a series of free public lectures and networking opportunities.

Venue: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Upcoming events

8 November 2017 | 6 – 7pm
Associate Professor Melinda Webber (University of Auckland) - Achieving Equity and Excellence in Education: Māori and Pāsifika


Past speakers

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  • Associate Professor Jacqueline Beggs (University of Auckland) - Conservation and indigenous peoples (5 April 2017)

Video: Jacqueline Beggs is interviewed on NewsHub about the successes and challenges of the 30-year-old Department of Conservation

  • Professor Christine Rubie-Davies (University of Auckland) - High expectation teaching and the creation of equitable outcomes for all students: Implications for Northland schools 
  • Professor Ian Anderson - Discussions with local iwi, health practitioners and leaders of the community
  • Professor Alan France (University of Auckland) - What to do about our young people?
  • Professor Stephen May (University of Auckland) - Bilingualism or not? Exploring the relationship between bilingualism and academic achievement
  • Professor Simon Holdaway (University of Auckland) - The Origins of Egyptian Civilisation


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