Dr Maia Simon Stace Hetaraka
Doctor of Education, Auckland; Bachelor of Education (Teaching)(Honours);
He uri tēnei no Ngāti Wai, Ngāi Tahu, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Paoa. I have a background in Primary school teaching, teaching both Māori and English medium classrooms. I have taught on the Bachelor of Education, predominantely in Te Huarahi Māori, since 2012. My three daughters are at university, secondary and primary school.
Research | Current
My current research investigates the notion and context of Māori cultural compenence in English-medium education. My research critically examines socio-political, historical, and current realities impacting on enabling education success for Māori, as Māori. I challenge assumptions of Māori cultural competnece by engaging the wisdom of highly esteemed knowledge holders, kaumātua, in order to re-imagine the transformative potential of education.
Teaching | Current
I teach at Te Papa Ako o Tai Tokerau, Tai Tokerau Campus on the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) programme. I teach across Te Huarahi Māori, English-medium and more recently, post graduate programmes.
Areas of expertise
Te ao Māori, mātauranga Māori, education.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Hetaraka, M. S. (2020). Te Kauae Tuku Iho; Inheriting the Sacred Jawbone: Re-imagining Māori cultural competence in education by engaging the wisdom of indigenous knowledge keepers The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Hetaraka, M. (2019). A Kaupapa Māori Analysis of Tātaiako: Considering Māori education policy. MAI Journal, 8 (2), 159-171. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2019.8.2.5