Dr Kimai Tocker
Education Doctorate, MEd with First Class Honours, BEd, DipTchg.
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. I also teach in English-medium undergradute and postgraduate courses. I 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 | Current
- Te reo Māori
- Māori medium education
- Kura Kaupapa Māori
- Kaupapa Māori theory
Current Research Project
- Tocker, K. (2018-2019). He aha ngā hua o te noho ā kura? Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) project (Faculty of Education and Social Work funded).
Past 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, New Zealand: Ministry of Education, Research Division.
Teaching | Current
- 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
- EdProfSt100-Hāpai Ākonga: Course Administrator and lecturer
- EDUC 114 Introduction to Māori Education: Lecturer
- EDUC 787 Researching Māori Education: Lecturer
- Paenga, Katene. Growing excellence in a kaupapa Māori wharekura educational setting. Master of Education. Main supervisor.
- Parangi, Emma. Developing Māori learners' cultural identities through the integration of mātauranga and tikanga Māori in mainstream early childhood education. Master of Education. Main supervisor.
- Pile-Wetere, Cindy. Reflections on bilingual strategies when adding English into learning for year 5/6 students from a Māori medium setting as they transition into a bilingual setting. Master of Education. Main supervisor.
- Huihui, Melevea. Mai i te kura kaupapa Māori ki te whare kura: An autoethnographic account of school choice. Master of Education. Co-supervisor.
- 2018 Distinguished Visitor Award, Professor Tracey Bunda (Head of College for Indigenous Studies Education and Research, University of Southern Queensland)
- 2016-ongoing: External Relations Portfolio and Awards Panel, New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE)
- 2015-ongoing: Monitored the Poutuarongo Te Rangakura Kaiwhakaako degree programme for Te Wānanga o Raukawa
- 2012-ongoing: Practicum Co-ordinator, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland
Areas of expertise
- Te reo Māori
- Māori medium education
- Māori education
- Ngā Toi (Arts)
- 2018-ongoing: Member, Faculty of Education and Social Work Ethics Committee, University of Auckland
- 2018-ongoing: Member, Te Puna Wānanga Postgraduate and Research Committee, University of Auckland
- 2017-ongoing: Coordinator, MAI ki Tāmaki Postgraduate Student Support Group, University of Auckland
- 2017-ongoing: Te Puna Wānanga representative, Kainga Pasifika Committee, University of Auckland
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Tocker, K. (2017). He tikanga rangahau panonitanga. In A. McFarland, N. Mathews (Eds.) He kete whakawaitara: He whakatara ā-rangahau (pp. 72-88). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.
- Tocker, K. (2017). Kura kaupapa Māori: He huarahi pai ki te whakaora i ngā āhuatanga Māori i te ao hurihuri nei. Paper presented at He Manawa Whenua - Indigenous Research Conference 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand. 6 March - 8 March 2017.
- 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). Preparation to live as Māori and to participate in the wider world: Stories from graduates from the first kura kaupapa Māori. Paper presented at New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Annual Conference: The Politics of Learning / Nōku Anō te Takapau Wharanui, Wellington, New Zealand. 20 November - 23 November 2016.
- Tocker, K. (2016). Māori medium teaching programme. Queensland, Australia. 14 September 2016.
- Tocker, K. (2015). The development of kura kaupapa Māori. The struggle for Māori language schooling. Paper presented at He Manawa Whenua - Indigenous Research Conference, 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
- 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.