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A key action of Te Rautaki Māori (Māori Strategy) was the establishment of Ngā Kaitūhono, in April 2008.
Their purpose is to ensure that NZQA's approach to mātauranga Māori is compatible with Māori values, consistent with Māori expectations, and complementary to other validation processes, including those that may be established by Māori. Ngā Kaitūhono are not directly concerned with approving qualifications or accrediting providers.
Ngā Kaitūhono will advise NZQA on any issue which they regard as pertinent to the fulfillment of NZQA’s obligations to the full implementation of Te Rautaki Māori 2012-2017.
Professor Wiremu Doherty – Chairperson
Professor Wiremu Doherty is the CEO at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi based in Whakatāne. Previously he was employed by the Manukau Institute of Technology as Executive Director Māori.
Mr Doherty has contributed to the development of NZQA’s Te Rautaki Māori as a member of the Māori Reference Group. He has also played roles in the development of NCEA Te Reo Māori Level 1 and 2.
Wiremu has recently completed his PhD on the roots of Mātauranga Māori in tribal based knowledge – Mātauranga-ā-Iwi. Wiremu has an extensive background in kaupapa Māori initiatives.
Mana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin
Mana Elizabeth (Liz) Hunkin (Kahungunu) has extensive experience in Māori education at primary and tertiary levels. In 1979 she was introduced to the Te Ataarangi method of teaching by Ngoi Pewhairangi and Katerina Mataira.
Liz and husband Graeme, both recently elected on to Te Rūnanga o Te Ataarangi, lead and manage Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi (an accredited PTE), based in Te Wairoa since 1996.
Te Kura Motuhake delivers NZQA unit standards Level 1-7 and in 2003 piloted Te Ngutu Awa (National Certificate in Māori Level 4). Liz has been a te reo Māori moderator for NZQA, and since 2002 holds membership on Te Whakaruruhau te reo Māori.
Professor Taiarahia Black
Taiarahia Black, formerly a Professor at Te Pūtahi-ā-Toi, School of Māori Studies at Massey University, was appointed as Professor of Māori and Indigenous Research Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in January 2014.
Professor Black is an internationally regarded expert in Māori language revitalisation and reclamation. He has had extensive experience in the development of Māori language teaching and research methodologies, scholarly papers in oral and written literature that distinguish the tribe as being the primary proprietors of their oral and written literature and traditions.
Over a decade at Massey University, Professor Black developed an academy for writing Masters and Doctorate theses in the Māori language. These language academies will be further focused and developed at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Professor Black continues to research and explore methods in language teaching using audio, visual and and written resources that will sustain and maintain te reo Māori at a high standard.
Through his various roles as a teacher, writer of traditional and contemporary Māori language resources, researcher and Masters and Doctoral supervisor, he continues to research, and provide research opportunities, into Māori language as a means of whānau, hapū, and iwi reo Māori revitalisation.
Hana is the General Manager Oranga –Wellbeing, at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Hana previously held the role of Director of Student Support & Kaiarahi / Director of Māori and Pasifika at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
For ten years. Hana’s career has been largely focused on Māori language revitalisation and Māori educational achievement. She is an active advocate and driver for her Kāi Tahu tribal language revitalisation strategy. She has held positions as the Manager of the Māori Language Unit of the Ngāi Tahu, lecturer at the University of Otago, Lecturer, Head of School and Faculty Dean at CPIT. She has also held a number of memberships on national and local boards, advisory groups and review panels including the Māori Language Commission and Te Paepae Motuhake. Hana is currently a New Zealand Fellow on the International Centre for Language Revitalisation, ICLR. A proud mother of two children, Hana is committed to te reo in the home and intergenerational transmission of the language.
Hōne Pereki Sadler
Hōne Sadler has had 40 years teaching experience which is comprised of 7 years in Primary School, 16 years in Secondary School, 10 years in the Polytechnic sector and 7 years in the University sector. He is currently a member of two of NZQA’s whakaruruhau for Tikanga and Te Reo.
Mr Sadler is a certified translator and interpreter and a Master of Mātauranga Māori. Hōne has also been involved with a number of Private Training Establishments, Wānanga and Polytechnics through accreditation panels and as a moderator and monitor of Degree programmes.
Hōne currently holds the position as one of the Kaumatua for Te Rūnanga-ā-Iwi-o-Ngāpuhi and was nominated as a member of Ngā Kaitūhono by a collection of Kaumātua from the Ngāpuhi region. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies at the University of Auckland.
Sophie Tukukino, from Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngāti Kahungunu, has had extensive teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Sophie has held the role of Tumuaki at Te Kura Māori o Porirua for 13 years, prior to which she was a Principal at a general stream school. She currently mentors new and aspiring tumuaki and has designed and implemented successful bilingual and immersion programmes in wānanga, kura ā iwi and general stream schools. Sophie is a founding member of Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa and has served on a number of Boards and committees, including Te Akatea (NZ Maori Principal's Assn), NZEI and Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional & National Committees. She was also a member of the working group that established a te reo Māori strategic plan for Hauraki iwi. Sophie holds a Tāhūhū Whakaakoranga (Masters in Teaching & Learning) and number of post-graduate teaching diplomas. Sophie has a natural rapport with all those she comes into contact with and is an expert in providing pastoral care for all her learners and colleagues, guiding them to realise their potential.
Rahui Papa has a background in broadcasting and education, and currently chairs several community organisations from kōhanga reo to tribal and community trusts as well as iwi-governance groups. Rahui has been a director and member on various tribal, local and national organisations, mainly focusing on the well-being and strategic development of Waikato-Tainui and Māori in general.
He is an exceptional orator, linguist and a recognised authority on Waikato reo, tikanga and the Kīngitanga.
Rahui Papa is of Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura descent and is the current chairman of Te Arataura, the executive arm of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui. He has represented his marae, Pōhara in the tribal parliament since its inception in 1999. He has a background in broadcasting and education, and currently chairs several community organisations from kōhanga reo to tribal and community trusts as well as iwi-governance groups. Rahui has been a director and member on various tribal, local and national organisations, mainly focusing on the well-being and strategic development of Waikato-Tainui and Māori in general. He is an exceptional orator, linguist and a recognised authority on Waikato reo, tikanga and the Kīngitanga.