Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

New Poutuara weaving Mātauranga Māori through EIT

Michelle Lee feels that the strands of her diverse career are bound together in Mātauranga Māori and this is what she brings to her new role at EIT.

As inaugural Poutuara (assistant head of school) of Te Ūranga Waka and Te Whatukura, when asked about a future vision, Michelle doesn’t hold with the policy of ‘new broom sweeps clean’. Instead her approach is to analyse what is successful and do more of it.

“Identify the good stuff and spread it further,” is her view. “I will look to support what is already happening well with a fresh perspective, both here and at the Tairāwhiti campus in Gisborne.”

With a Masters of Art and Design, her research focus has been her trans-media art practice and eLearning design. Expanding research, embedding online learning and helping weave Mātauranga Māori through all EIT courses are a few of her initial goals.

“I’ll be reaching out, looking at partnerships and opportunities to be innovative.”

Originally trained as a teacher, Michelle has had a variety of roles including lecturing at several institutes of technology and polytechnics, universities and within the New Zealand health sector.

During her time at Unitec, Michelle progressed from lecturer to Kaihautū Mātauranga Māori, responsible for embedding Māori pedagogy across the institute.

Of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Waewae, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Waitaha, Ngāti Rurua descent, Michelle and her husband arrived in Hawke’s Bay in mid-2017.

Before joining EIT, she worked at MTG as curator of Taonga Māori, which as a globally significant collection should be championed more, Michelle believes. “It was an incredible honour to work with our people’s taonga and a wonderful entrance into being here in Hawke’s Bay.”

For the last seven years, Michelle has also run her own television and trans-media production company, Kapu Ti Productions Limited. Travelling around Aotearoa filming her Māori language shows provided the opportunity to explore ‘where to next’.

Both she and her husband were raised semi-rurally and were looking to return to the values and aspirations that they were brought up with.

“Hawke’s Bay called to us as a place we could make home. We are deeply grateful to the beautiful manaakitanga that Ngāti Kahungunu is notorious for. Having experienced that first-hand we’ve felt embraced and valued.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>


Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>



Howard Davis: Inside The King's Head - Girl in the Loft at BATS

Katherine Wyeth weaves together a dramatic tapestry of memory, identity, and legacy, exploring what it was like to grow up in the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK. More>>

Howard Davis: Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Just a few days prior to the most significant US Presidential elections in decades, local denizens of Lower Hutt's Moera Hall were treated to a broad canvas of musical styles, including tinges of bluegrass, old-time, country, cajun, and zydeco influences. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland