Dr Kimai Tocker

Education Doctorate, MEd, BEd, DipTchg.

Biography

He pepeha

Ko Kauriki te marae
Ko Ngāti Hinemihi te hapū
Ko Tongariro te maunga
Ko Taupō nui a Tia te roto
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata
Ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa te iwi
Ko te Arawa te waka
He hononga anō ōku ki a
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato,
Ki te iwi Pākehā hoki.

I began teaching and lecturing in the school of Te Puna Wānanga at the University of Auckland-Faculty of Education and Social Work, in 2000.  Prior to that, as a primary school teacher, I taught in a rumaki reo/Māori medium unit within a mainstream school and later at a kura kaupapa Māori. 

My focus on kaupapa Māori continues at the Faculty of Education and Social Work where I teach in Māori medium courses as part of the BEd-Te Huarahi Māori programme.  As the Director of English Medium Programmes, I manage a number of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.  I also co-ordinate courses within the BEd mainstream and BEd-Te Huarahi Māori degree programmes and supervise students at Masters level.

My doctoral thesis, “Hei oranga Māori i te ao hurihuri nei.  Living as Māori in the world today: An account of kura kaupapa Māori” interrogates the ideas about ‘living as Māori’ that underpin the objectives of kura kaupapa Māori.  I was awarded a Doctorate in Education in 2014.

Research and Teaching Specialisations

  • Te reo Māori
  • Māori medium education
  • Māori education
  • Ngā Toi (Arts)
  • Pānui- Tuhituhi (Literacy)
  • Education

Research | Current

  • Te reo Māori
  • Māori medium education
  • Kura Kaupapa Māori
  • Kaupapa Māori theory

Research Projects

  • McMurchy-Pilkington, C & Tocker, K (2007) Te Pakeke Hei Ākonga: Māori Adult Learners. Report to the Ministry of Education
  • Hohepa, M; Cram, F & Tocker, K (2000) Te Tari Tautoko : a management support programme for Kura Kaupapa Māori : evaluation research report. Wellington [N.Z.] : Ministry of Education, Research Division

Teaching | Current

EdProfSt100-Hāpai Ākonga: Course Administrator and lecturer

EdCurrM101-Ngā Toi: Course Administrator and lecturer

EdProfM205-Te Whakatairanga Paetae mō ngā Ākonga rerenga Kē:  Lecturer

EdPracM201-Practium Primary: Lecturer

EdProfM313-Te Pouako Ngaio: Lecturer

Postgraduate supervision

2015:

Supervision of Melevea Huihui and Cindy Wetere-Pile during their dissertations.

Supervision of Cindy Wetere-Pile who is studying the Special Topic EDUC 750. 

Distinctions/Honours

MEd 1st Class Honours

Responsibilities

Practicum Co-ordinator

English medium Director

Reviewed: Article for Mai Journal ‘Māori educators’ pedagogy’.

Marked: Masters Thesis in April, 2015

Monitored: the Poutuarongo Te Rangakura Kaiwhakaako degree programme for Te Wānanga o Raukawa

 

 

Areas of expertise

  • Te reo Māori
  • Māori medium education
  • Māori education
  • Ngā Toi (Arts)
  • Pānui - Tuhituhi (Literacy)
  • Education

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Te Puna Wānanga representative on the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tocker, K. (2017). Living and learning as Māori: Language stories from three generations. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education10.1017/jie.2016.28
  • Tocker, K. (2016). Kura kaupapa Māori: Preparing graduates to live as Māori in the world today. Paper presented at NZARE Annual Conference 2016, Victoria University, Wellington. 20 November - 23 November 2016. Related URL.
  • Tocker, K. (2015). The development of kura kaupapa Māori. The struggle for Māori language schooling. Paper presented at He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference 2015, Hamilton, New Zealand. 29 June - 1 July 2015.
  • Tocker, K. (2015). The Origins of Kura Kaupapa Māori. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 50 (1), 23-38. 10.1007/s40841-015-0006-z
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27917
  • Tocker, K. (2015). The beginning of kura kaupapa Māori: Indigenous schooling in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2015, Freemantle, Australia. 30 November - 4 December 2015. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' Research. Related URL.
  • Tocker, K. (2014). Hei oranga Māori i te ao hurihuri nei. Living as Māori in the world today: An account of kura kaupapa Māori The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22755
  • Tocker, K. (2012). Hei oranga Māori i te ao hurihuri nei: Living as Māori in the world today- An outcome of kura kaupapa Māori. MAI Journal, 1 (1), 15-28. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27980
  • Tocker, K. (2007). Kura kaupapa Māori experiences. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 42 (1-2), 65-76.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27984