Te ohonga ake i taku moemoeā, ko te puāwaitanga o ngā whakaaro. The Moerewa School Story.
In 2012 the Moerewa School Board of Trustees was removed, and a Commissioner was appointed at the school. The purpose of this research was to tell the authentic story of what happened at Moerewa School during this period when the school was involved in a Statutory Intervention, and I led the school as the Principal.
The catalyst for this research was the request from staff and community that "our story” needed to be told. It documents the aspirations of a highly engaged Māori community, that attempted to shape an education model to fit their children, and is a counter-narrative for schools who struggle to develop the authentic participation of whānau.
This presentation will give attendees an insight into what took place at Moerewa School, and outlines what happened when the school stood up against new national education policy initiatives. The presentation challenges attendees to consider what they would do in a similar situation, and asks how far would they be prepared to push against the system?
Dr. Keri Milne-Ihimaera
Dr. Keri Milne-Ihimaera was awarded her Doctorate of Māori Development and Advancement (DMDA) in 2018. Her thesis documents the authentic story of what happened at Moerewa School during the period April 2012, to May 2014 when she was the Principal of the school, and the school had a Statutory Intervention imposed by the Minister of Education. Keri’s research is the first written from the perspective of an ‘insider’ involved in a Statutory Intervention in a New Zealand school, and she challenges the notion that Statutory Interventions are implemented in ways that have beneficial outcomes for schools, students and their communities.
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