Working with teachers to support the intergenerational transmission of local environmental knowledge in the Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
Education and work were the reasons many families like mine migrated to Aotearoa from the Pacific Islands. My work in the education sector began in 1995 when I was a teachers aide at Favona Primary school in Mangere. Two years later after graduating from University I was managing Professional Development contracts at the Ministry of Education before moving into Policy. I then moved into the private sector working for CWA New Media where in the year 2000 I helped set up Te Kete Ipurangi - The Online Learning centre. I returned to Education in 2011 with CORE Education a professional learning and development organisation.
Selected projects 2011-2017
- Project Manager - The Marovo Reef and Rainforest Project: Online Wiki and Open Educational Resources (OER) - The project harnesses the connections between communication and information, education, and cultural and biological diversity, enhancing the capacity of local communities to transmit local environmental knowledge using online communication tools.
- Project Manager / Producer Co-writer - First World War Project ( Māori medium) - A collection of online resources designed to help students gain insights into the First World War. These resources support students in years 1 to 13 to meet achievement objectives Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
- Pasifika Online Editor TKI 2015- Production of videos focussing on raising the achievement of Pasifika students
- Writer / Producer - (Book and DVD) Tiketike Ngahuru, Hakahaka Raumati - A student resource on traditional seasonal calendars and environmental indicators and how they are used to plan planting and harvesting.
- Researcher / Producer - (Book / Poster / DVD) - Te Mahana Haere o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Climate change in Aotearoa and the Pacific. Climate change is here and now and the impacts of it are seen throughout the Pacific. This project was shot in Aotearoa and the Cook Islands
- Writer / Producer - (Book / DVD )He wai kai, he oranga tangata. Book of photographs and information about the significance of water to Ngāi Tahu, outlining the different issues that impact on waterways, the environment and people. Describes the customary practics of gathering and preserving mahinga kai. The DVD records interviews with Ngāi Tahu interviewees who present ideas for looking after the waterways in the region.
- Writer / Producer He kaupapa para, he kaupapa taiao (Book / DVD) Introduces students to Para Kore, a community organisation that promotes zero waste and helps marae to establish systems to reduce waste through recycling, re-using left-over food, reducing packaging, and composting of waste. On the DVD Para Kore talk about work with people from different marae to help them establish processes that support their environment and their hapū.