Mr John Joseph McCaffery

BA, BA (Hons 1st Class ), DipTESOL VUW, DipTchg, HDipTchg


John McCaffery is a Honorary Staff member  School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Te Puna Wānanga School of Māori and Indigenous Studies,  Faculty of Education.

Research in progress

  • Title: Simultaneous Biliteracy: Tusi ma fatiau i gagana e lua; in Māori, Samoan and French contexts in Aotearoa NZ.
  • A personal history of the struggle for Te Reo Māori rejuvenation 1970-2021
  • The struggle by Pasifika Bilingual Education for a Place in the Sun 1986/7-2021

Research | Current

Research and Professional Development  expertise in; English Literacy/ Languages/ TESOL/ Biliteracy/ Bilingual/ Immersion education,  Multilingualism , Diversity, Critical multiculturalism, Pasifika education, Māori education.

Teaching | Current

Honorary Academic /Senior Lecturer/ Research and on request support e.g. teaching presentations  

Te Puna Wānanga School of Maori & Indigenous Studies -On request guest lectures presentation, research support Huarahi Māori programme - Head Of Programme  -Hemi Dale 

Guest Lectures, Bilingual Schools PLD, tutorials and public presentations on Bilingualism Bilingual Education , 

Support on request  CURPD  Biliteracy -Prof Janet Gaffney  and Assoc Professor Rebecca Jesson . On request to Graduate Diploma of  TESSOL-


Postgraduate supervision

Support  Supervisers when requested e.g. Biliteracy or Bilingual /Immerson Education Māori and Pacific 


ANZEI   NZ Education Institute for contributions to Māori education 

Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori / NZ Māori language Commission -2012 Supreme Award- Community Contribution to Te Reo Māori  Award as executive founding  member of Te Reo Māori Society VUW / TRM ki Otara.  

2017     Tohu Raukura Award. For Måori Education contribution to Te Puna Wananga, UOA

Top Student NZ Teachers Group DIp TESSOL VUW 1980

Top student BA Hons  (Linguistics Anthropology and Māori ) 1973 

Te Rangihiroa Distibnction Award  Maori and Anthropology VUW  1972


Conduct and share personal research. and research presentations. Provide research and on request teaching support on Bilingual /Immersion Education Huarahi Māori and Tamaki Makaurau history 

Areas of expertise

BIlingualism, Multilingualism,

Bilingual/ Multilingual Education, 

Biliteracy, Māori Education,

Pasifika /Pacific Nations  Education,

Language Policy Pacific region

National Language Policy

Language Revitilisation/ Revival /Loss /Shift/..


 Vocabulary, Lexical Chunking

The Constitutional Realm of New Zealand 


The O'Donnells of Donegal-

Second Language Learning and Teaching(2ndLL) Teaching of Reading and Writing (English Literacy ),

Reading and Writing Assessment (especially of 2nd LL) 


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Advisory roles (national/international)

  • 2006-2008 University of Auckland Consultant to Cook Is Ministry of Education on their 2006-2008 Nine schools pilot Bilingual Education project - Rarotonga and outer Islands.
  • 2013-2015 Consultant on design and implementation of America Samoa Taumalua  Bilingual Education Project;  to Director Department  of Education, American Samoa Dr Salu  Hunkin 
  • 2014-present .PELP Pacific Early Literacy Dual Language Project Design Team member 
  • 2020 PELP Realm Languages Advisor.  
  • 2017- Ministry of Pacific  Peoples Adviser -Pacific  Languages Strategy.  Verification: Minister Aupito William Sio MPP 
  • Researcher for Ulimasao Bilingual Education Association -verification Dr Patisepa Tuafuti  Tuafuti Education ltd 
  • Researcher  for Mana Pasifika Alliance -Verification:Tupa'i Peter Pelua, Senior Policy Analyst,  Min of Pacific Peoples Wgton
  • 2019- Advisory Role, ERO National Office   Pacific Bilingual Immersion Education 
  • 2020- Ministry of Education Advisory Pasifika /Pacific Bilingual Immersion Education  and Biliteracy
  • Future Directions for Language Programmes PEC (Pacific Education Centre) Christine  Nurminen, Director
  • Official Blind Peer Reviewer for 2008/9 NZARE Conference papers
  • Official Blind Reviewer LED Conferences 2007-2015

Membership of professional committees/groups

  • Member NZARE and NZARE Pacific Caucus
  • Member TESOLANZ (TESOL New Zealand)
  • Associate of the New Zealand Educational Institute (ANZEI)
  • Executive member of Te Reo Māori Society. VUW/ Otara/ Aotearoa.
  • Executive member of Ulimasao Pasifika Bilingual Education Association
  • Former chair NZEI Māori Education Committee, NZ Educational Institute (NZEI)
  • Co Cordinato/ Researcher Bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition
  • Researcher Mana Pasifika Alliance -Verification Christine Nieurman Director Pacific Education Centre Otara ( PEC) 
  • Executive member Lead Group, Auckland Languages Strategy, (ALS  COMET)
  • Executive member Lead Group  (ALS COMET)National Education languages Strategy . NZ National Languages Policy development -verification;  COMET CEO Susan Warren 

Invited presentations (professional) 2010-present 

  • McCaffery, J. (2010) ESOL in the Classroom: Research Indications. A keynote presentation to the New Zealand Principals Federation Annual Conference Waipuna Lodge June, 2-4, 2010
  • McCaffery, J. (2010) PPTA Pacific Island Teachers Auckland Conference. Keynote presentation: Where are we going with the teaching of Pasifika languages in Aotearoa/NZ 2010. Mangere
  • 2018 NZARE Pacific  Pre Confrerence Symposium Current Developments in Pacific Bilingual Education 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • McCaffery, J. J., & McFall-McCaffery, J. A. T. (2011). Rejuvenating endangered Pacific languages in New Zealand. Paper presented at Language Education and Diversity Conference University of Auckland 2011, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 22 November - 25 November 2011.
  • McCaffery, J. J., & McFall - McCaffery, J. T. (2010). O tatou ō aga’i i fea?: 'Oku tau ō ki fe?: Where are we heading?: Pasifika languages in Aotearoa/New Zealand. AlterNative : An International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 6 (2: Special Supplement Issue Ngaahi Lea 'a e Kakai Pasifiki: Endangered Pacific Languages and Cultures), 86-121.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judy McFall-McCaffery
  • McCaffery, J. J., & Lowman, C. (2009). The case for differentiated instruction for students in bilingual/immersion education. Paper presented at Presentation to the Auckland Literacy Network, Richmond Road School, Auckland. 11 March - 11 March 2009. Research presentation to Auckland Literacy Network.
  • McCaffery, J. J., & Lowman, C. (2008). Towards bilinguality and biliteracy : Tuhituhi/ panui i roto i nga reo e rua.. Presentation to Thames area Kura, KKM, Kohanga, Whanau, Marae, Iwi, Kaumatua ratou katoa..


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Level G, Room G01
New Zealand

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