Rangatira mo Apōpō: What does it take?

Mere A Berryman
Date Monday 2 August 2021
Time 6pm
Where The University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Professor Mere Berryman, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare BEd, MEd (Hons), PhD Director, Poutama Pounamu
Contact Joanna Kearney
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Admission Cost This is a free event but registrations are essential. Register here


About this lecture

Belonging means we can participate in society without having to compromise who we are. Unfortunately, this has not been the reality for generations of Māori learners in Aotearoa. Changing this situation requires rethinking and redefining our personal contributions so that it is no longer tenable to ignore who our learners are or force them to fit an education system that continues to alienate them. Learning from indigenous voices can assist us in preparing our rangatira mo apōpō (leaders for tomorrow). However, it also means our nation’s histories and the implications of unequal power-relations must be more ‘critically’ understood.

Professor Berryman will reflect on critical consciousness, the prioritisation of new strategic relationships, the importance of revitalising forgotten histories and a process for deep learning that is capable of bringing about unlearning, new understandings and profound change within a pedagogy of radical hope.

About Professor Berryman

In her work, Professor Berryman aims to challenge the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives. In her research, she combines understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theories, and she has published widely in this field. In 2016, she was a recipient of the New Zealand Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori in education.


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