Dr Ann Milne

Dr Ann Milne is a Pākehā educator who is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement.”  She led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30 year journey to resist and reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners, to develop a critical, culturally responsive learning approach centred on students' cultural identities.  Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016.  Ann is the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships, including the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award in 2015 for “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.” Since retiring from her principal’s role in 2016, Ann is busy working with principals and teachers who want to think differently about their practice.

Associate Professor Niki Harré

Niki Harré is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland.

She is also the leader of a Sustainability Network within the university’s Faculty of Science. Her recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. The question that drives her is how to engage people in creating a more sustainable and equitable society.

Niki lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has three children. She is a founding member of a Transition Town in her suburb, cycles to work, learns the guitar from a musician who lives on her street, and has a large organic garden thanks to her husband.

In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. In 2011 she released a second book, Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability. It can be downloaded for free from www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/psychologyforabetterworld. Her current research explores the idea of life as an infinite game and what it means to keep our deepest values in play. 

Dr Armon Tamatea

Armon Tamatea is a senior lecturer in the school of Psychology, University of Waikato. A clinical psychologist who has served as a clinician and senior research advisor for the Department of Corrections (New Zealand), Armon has been involved in the design and implementation of prison and community-based group psychotherapy and rehabilitation programmes with populations who present with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties such as violence, sexual aggression, and psychopathic personality traits. More recently, he is exploring approaches to reducing prison violence, improving Maori mental health in prison settings, and has contributed to community education with gang communities on mental health issues. Armon currently divides his professional time between teaching, research, supervision and clinical practice in the criminal justice arena.

Libby Giles

Libby Giles is president of the New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers and is Global Citizenship Education Director for independent think tank, the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies (NZCGS).  Libby has been actively engaged with the promotion and development of global citizenship education (GCED) for some years.  Most recently she has been at the center of a project funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO researching the development of Global Citizenship Education, building a community of like-minded individuals and groups, and facilitating student conferences. Libby is currently Head of Philosophy, Religious Education and Global Citizenship at St Cuthbert's College in Auckland. 

Dr Lynne Bowyer

Lynne is an educator with a background in philosophy and mental health. Lynne has a PhD in philosophy and bioethics and has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. Lynne is co-director of the Centre for Science and Citizenship and co-director of Enquiring Minds programmes, alongside Deborah.

Dr Deborah Stevens

A science communicator and educator, Deborah’s PhD in bioethics education is informed by her interdisciplinary background in science, psychology, public medicine and education. In addition to the exploration of ethical issues raised by advances in science and technology, Deborah’s areas of special interest include values development and youth mental health. Deborah co-director of the Centre for Science and Citizenship and co-director of Enquiring Minds programmes, alongside Lynne.

Kia Aroha College Warrior Researchers

Kia Aroha College is a Year 7 to 13 secondary school in Otara, South Auckland. The school’s designated-character includes bilingual learning (Māori, Samoan, Tongan) and a learning model described by the school as a “Critical, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy of Whānau.” The aim of the school is to develop “Warrior-Scholars.” The Warrior-Researchers’ work is an example of this critically conscious curriculum. Their previous investigations, presented at research conferences nationally, expose education policies that don’t work for them as learners in our education system. These have included schools’ misinterpreting the words, “as Māori,” and challenging the Communities of Learning initiative. This year they are investigating the impact of racism in their lives and in their education.


Back Row: Jacob HARRIS-KAAKA (Yr13) Timitimi ROPATA(Yr13)
Front Row: Mahina TUPE (Yr12), Adrienne FAKATAVA (Yr12), Foloiola FINAU (Yr13), Maioha TUPE (Yr12)

Willie Ropata

 Willie Ropata is an educator whose entire  teaching career has been in Otara  Secondary Schools. Currently enrolled in the  Masters of Indigenous Studies programme  at the Te Whare

 Wananga o Awanuiārangi Māori Tertiary  Institution, he is a senior teacher and  course facilitator for NCEA Level 3 and  University  Entrance at Kia Aroha College.