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Ako Panuku is a Ministry of Education-sponsored initiative responding to a Ministerial Review which found that Māori secondary teachers often take on responsibilities (beyond their teaching roles) that lead to additional workload stress.  Ako Panuku aims to reduce the impact of workload stress by providing culturally-relevant support, designed to acknowledge the critical contribution Māori teachers make to education and the achievement of Māori students.


Ako Panuku is managed and delivered by Haemata Ltd. Meet the Ako Panuku team.


H Murphy

Hineihaea Murphy (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa)

• MA (Applied Linguistics) with Merit (VUW)
• Dip (Post grad) Bilingual Teaching (HTC)
• Trained Teachers Certificate (Sec.) (ASTC)
• BA (Waikato)

As Project Director, Hineihaea leads the Haemata team. A trained secondary Māori language teacher, Hineihaea has more than 30 years experience in Māori language education and has facilitated many teacher in-service programmes on curriculum, second language pedagogy, and assessment. She is an accredited English-medium and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator.

Mark Fell

• BA (Canterbury University)
• MEdAdmin (Massey University) with honors

Mark is an experienced Human Resources and Organisational Development specialist who has held senior management positions in large government departments. He has successfully managed the restructuring and implementation of HR systems and practices in several government and educational organisations. Mark supports the workflow of the Haemata team.
A Gray

Āwhina Gray - (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Manawa)

• Dip Design and Art (TWoR)
• Higher Dip. Tchg (WCE)
• Dip Bilingual Teaching (WCE)
• Trained Teachers Certificate (WCE)
• Teachers College Diploma (WCE)

Āwhina is an experienced primary and secondary teacher and tutors part-time at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She has been involved in NCEA since its inception, developing standards for Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Hauora and Hangarau Matihiko and is an accredited professional learning and development facilitator.
L Bradnam

Lynette Bradnam (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu)

· Adv. Dip. Te Pinakitanga i te Reo Kairangi (TWoA)
· Int. Dip. Te Aupikitanga (TWOA)
· Poupou Karanga (TWOR)
· NLP M.Prac and Cert. Trainer
· M.Ed. (VUW)
· Trained Teachers Certificate (WCE)

Lynette is an experienced teacher and leader in both the schooling and tertiary sectors. An accredited English- and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator, Lynette has particular interests in leadership, iwi partnerships, and creating culturally responsive learning environments.
B Dixon

Beth Dixon (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Tahu)

· Te Panekiretanga o te Reo
· B.Ed. (Primary) (Waikato)
· Dip Tch (HCE)

Beth is an experienced primary teacher and taught in English and Māori-medium settings. She is also an accredited English-medium and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator and has facilitated professional development in Te Poutama Tau, Te Whakapiki i te Reo and Marau-ā- Kura.
D Reid

Dee Reid (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kahu)

• M.Ed. (part.) (Waikato)
• Postgrad. Dip Ed (Sec.) (Waikato)
• B.Soc.Sci. (Waikato)

Dee is an experienced secondary teacher and accredited PLD facilitator in English and Māori medium settings. She has particular strengths in teaching te reo Māori and using digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
S Reedy

Shyree Reedy (Ngāti Porou)

• BCA - Human Resource Management and Business Management (VUW)
• Te Ara Reo Māori Level 4 (TWOA)

Shyree is responsible for keeping our online environment up to date and functioning well – that includes the Ako Panuku website, and our online communications (e-pānui, social media).
Esmay Colour Pic

Esmay Wharewera (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pūkeko, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Samoa)

Esmay is our Project Administrator and is your first point of contact. It is likely to be Es who answers your call to our office or responds to your email queries. As well as that Esmay processes new registrations to Ako Panuku, coordinates the production and distribution of our resoures, and ensures that everything is in place for our workshops.
B Southee

Beverly Southee (Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa)

Beverly is enthusiastic about learning her Māori culture and heritage. She is looking forward to supporting colleagues at Haemata to provide the best education for our Māori people. Beverly has worked in local government for a number of years and administration in secondary education for over 9 years where people and education has been a large part of her career and has provided the knowledge and experience in an office environment.
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PO Box 603, Whakatāne 3158
e: akopanuku@haemata.co.nz
t: (64 7) 308 6322