The Starpath team consists of a group of leading educational quantitative and qualitative researchers. The team is supported by a Board of Governance consisting of senior representatives from The University of Auckland, The Manukau Institute of Technology and the Ministry of Education.
- » Director – Professor Cindy Kiro
- » Director: Research – Associate Professor Anne Hynds
- » Director: Schools Engagement - Joy Eaton
- » Senior Research Fellow - Dr Earl Irving
- » Research Analyst - Victoria Cockle
- » Professional Development Facilitator - Tania Linley-Richardson
- » Data Analyst and Facilitator - Morgan Rangi
Director – Professor Cindy Kiro
PhD, MBA, BA
Professor Cindy Kiro (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine) joined Starpath as Director at the end of 2014. She has had a distinguished career dedicated to improving the long-term health and social-wellbeing of Māori, especially children.
Professor Kiro was Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand between 2003 and 2009. She was the first woman and first Māori in this role. In this high profile position she established a large number of Government and community-based initiatives which continue today, including a very effective public attitudes campaign on stopping Family Violence. She has held several executive health and education sector roles, including as General Manager of the Māori Health Development unit of the Auckland DHB overseeing all Māori health improvement strategies. Prior to joining Starpath she was Professor and Head of School, Te Kura Māori, Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington.
In her academic career she has established herself as a pre-eminent authority on Māori public health, health policy and children’s policy. Complementary to Starpath’s research, she is particularly interested in unlocking the potential of data and statistics to better understand the dynamics and trajectories that lead to good outcomes for Māori.
She combines her role as Starpath Director with her appointment as Te Tumu in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Director: Research – Associate Professor Anne Hynds
PhD, MA, PGDipEd, BA, DipTchg
Associate Professor Anne Hynds is a Pākehā researcher and teacher. She works in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Auckland. She is also the Director of Research for the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success.
Her work is grounded in the context of contemporary schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand and the contribution that quality teaching can make to a socially just society. Her work builds on national and international studies that investigate collaborative inquiry processes needed to develop solidarity between teachers, schools and marginalized communities. She led the National Evaluation of He Kākano: Culturally responsive leadership in secondary schools and worked on the National Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga, while she was working at Victoria University of Wellington. Her current research project involves investigating the quality and quantity of student’s NCEA credit attainment across low, mid and high decile secondary schools.
Director: Schools Engagement - Joy Eaton
BA, DipSM, DipTchg
Joy joined the Starpath team in early 2011 as Deputy Director. She started her career in education as a geography and social studies teacher at Tangaroa College and has since held a number of senior management roles in mid-low decile schools, including four years as principal at Henderson High School in West Auckland.
Joy has a deep academic interest in the role of hope in the sustainability of innovation and change in education and, as part of a Research Fellowship with Unitec, produced a paper entitled The Life and Death of Change. She was also invited to be part of an international research team making a comparative study of middle leadership in schools in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Recently, Joy has been actively involved in environmental education and has continued to support community work with an interest in youth mentoring, teen parent education and the issues of deprivation that create barriers to school attendance.
Senior Research Fellow - Dr Earl Irving
PhD, MEdAdmin(Hons), BA, BEd, DipTchg
Quantitative Research Coordinator
Earl Irving was a secondary mathematics teacher for 29 years, as well as a deputy principal for 13 of those years prior to joining The University of Auckland in 1999. He has extensive knowledge and experience in assessment as a School Certificate examiner in mathematics, and as a manager on Project asTTle for four years, with responsibility for item development and curriculum alignment. Earl has lectured on assessment to undergraduate and graduate courses, and is a co-author of a textbook on assessment and evaluation. He is involved in regular research around student conceptions of assessment, feedback and learning, using survey methodologies and quantitative analysis.
Research Analyst - Victoria Cockle
In 2015 Victoria Cockle joined the Starpath team as a research analyst. She is involved in qualitative and quantitative (including mixed-methods) analysis of longitudinal Starpath data to help inform the evaluation of the effectiveness of the project. In 2016-2017 she will be working on a research project with Associate Professor Anne Hynds, investigating the quality of credits undertaken by secondary students in Starpath schools. She joins Starpath from the Kia Eke Panuku: Building on Success project, and was at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre prior to that. She is currently undertaking post-graduate study in Environmental Management at the University of Auckland.
Professional Development Facilitator - Tania Linley-Richardson
BA (Hons), DipTchg
Tania joined Starpath in June 2014 as Professional Development Facilitator. Prior she was HOD English at Sancta Maria College and has previously worked as an English facilitator with Team Solutions. Tania is completing her Masters of Professional Studies in Education at The University of Auckland, and is interested in the areas of literacy and leadership in her studies. At Starpath Tania leads professional development for schools aimed at encouraging teachers to incorporate literacy pedagogy into their daily practice.
Data Analyst and Facilitator - Morgan Rangi
Morgan's role at Starpath is as Professional Development Facilitator and Data Analyst. His recent work has been as HOD Mathematics and Statistics at Onehunga High School. He provides support for schools in the project leading staff PD sessions as well as visiting schools for data analysis around tracking and monitoring.