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New Deputy Director Maori for Ako Aotearoa

New Deputy Director Maori for Ako Aotearoa


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Ako Aotearoa is delighted and excited to announce the appointment of Dr Joseph (Joe) Te Rito as our new Kaihautū Mātauranga Māori (Deputy Director Māori). He replaces Ngahiwi Apanui who has taken up the role of CE at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission.

Growing up in the Hawke’s Bay, Joe is of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent, his home marae being Omāhu in Hastings. Joe has an international reputation for his contribution to the revitalisation of the Māori language both through education and the media. He is currently Senior Research Fellow and Kaihautū Tikanga me te Reo at Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga. Prior to that, Joe has worked for Māori Television and was Dean of the Faculty of Maori Studies at EIT Hawke’s Bay. He has been head of Radio Kahungunu since its inception.

Ako Aotearoa National Director, Dr Peter Coolbear says, “We are really privileged to be able to appoint Joe to this position. He brings to Ako Aotearoa tremendous and wide expertise in several facets of tertiary education. In particular, this includes supporting Māori learners, research and in the use of media in education.”

Joe comments: “I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute at this level towards the improvement in teaching practice by teachers, and the consequent learning experience of learners within the tertiary sector. With headquarters of Ako Aotearoa being in Wellington, I am excited to be located for the Centre in Auckland, and the potential possibilities that might bring.”

Dr Te Rito will start with Ako Aotearoa in January 2016 and will be based at our Northern Regional Hub at Auckland University of Technology.


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