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 International Speaker Series - Melinda Webber

University of Auckland in Whangarei International Speaker Series - Associate Professor Melinda Webber.
Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library
Cost: Free
Contact: The University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus 0800 61 62 63 or email

​The University of Auckland in Whangarei presents an International Speaker Series

Free public lecture and networking opportunity.

Associate Professor Melinda Webber

Achieving Equity and Excellence in Māori Education

The success of Māori students at school is a matter of national interestand a number of recent initiatives have been implemented in New Zealand schools to address the educational disparities between Māori and non-Māori. Many of these initiatives have been premised on an influential Māori education strategy called Ka Hikitia (2009, 2013).

The overall goal of the Ka Hikitia strategy is to enable Māori to enjoy and achieve educational success as Māori and the Ministry of Education has described this as being when “Māori students have their identity, language and culture valued and included in teaching and learning in ways that support them to engage and achieve success” and when they “know their potential and feel supported to set goals and take action to enjoy success”.

 The research further suggests that enabling Māori to succeed as Māori involves:

  1. Implementing teaching and learning approaches in schools that are engaging, effective and enjoyable for all Māori students.
  2. Having appropriately high expectations for all Māori students.
  3. Tracking and monitoring what works to support excellent Māori educational outcomes.
  4. Developing productive partnerships with whānau, iwi and community that are responsive and reciprocal – leading to collective action, outcomes, and solutions.

This presentation will outline the objectives and key findings of three recent research initiatives/projects:

  1. Ka Awatea: An iwi case study of Māori student success. 2
  2. Māori Achievement Collaboratives (MACs).
  3. The Starpath Project.

Associate Professor Melinda Webber | The University of Auckland

Associate Professor Melinda Webber is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Scholar who has published widely on the nature of Māori identity. Her research examines the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Māori students. In 2016, She was awarded a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start grant to undertake a research project examining the distinctive identity traits of Ngāpuhi, New Zealand’s largest iwi.

Melinda is the current Director of The Starpath Project. She spent four years working as a researcher on Starpath from 2011-2014 identifying and addressing the barriers that prevent participation and success in degreelevel education especially for Māori, Pacific and other students from low socio-economic communities. She also spent six years as a coprincipal Investigator on the Ka Awatea Project examining the nature of teaching, learning and home socialisation patterns that support highachieving Māori students in New Zealand.

For more information visit:

International Speaker Series 2017  Programme 

5 April 2017
Associate Professor Jacqueline Begg (University of Auckland)
Enhancing Conservation and Equity: Engaging with Indigenous People.
10 May 2017
Professor Christine Rubie-Davies (University of Auckland)
High expectation teaching and the creation of equitable outcomes for all students: Implications for Northland schools.
5 July 2017
Professor Alan France (University of Auckland)
Facing the Challenges: What Future for Our Young?
20 September 2017
Professor Stephen May (University of Auckland)
Bilingualism or not? Exploring the relationship between bilingualism and academic achievement.

4 October 2017
Professor Simon Holdaway (University of Auckland)
The Origins of Egyptian Civilisation.

View previous lectures

International Speaker Series webcast catalogue


In association with:

 Whangarei District Council. University of Auckland Tai Tokerau Campus.


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