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Ako Panuku is a Ministry of Education-sponsored initiative responding to a Ministerial Review which found that Māori secondary teachers often take on responsibilities (beyond their teaching roles) that lead to additional workload stress.  Ako Panuku aims to reduce the impact of workload stress by providing culturally-relevant support, designed to acknowledge the critical contribution Māori teachers make to education and the achievement of Māori students. Since 2019, Ako Panuku has also been made available to Māori teachers in primary schools. 


Ako Panuku is managed and delivered by Haemata Ltd. Meet the Ako Panuku team.


H Murphy

Hineihaea Murphy (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa)

• MA (Applied Linguistics) with Merit (VUW)
• Dip (Post grad) Bilingual Teaching (HTC)
• Trained Teachers Certificate (Sec.) (ASTC)
• BA (Waikato)

As Project Director, Hineihaea leads the Haemata team. A trained secondary Māori language teacher, Hineihaea has more than 30 years experience in Māori language education and has facilitated many teacher in-service programmes on curriculum, second language pedagogy, and assessment. She is an accredited English-medium and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator.

Mark Fell

• BA (Canterbury University)
• MEdAdmin (Massey University) with honors

Mark is an experienced Human Resources and Organisational Development specialist who has held senior management positions in large government departments. He has successfully managed the restructuring and implementation of HR systems and practices in several government and educational organisations. Mark supports the workflow of the Haemata team.
A Gray

Āwhina Gray - (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Manawa)

• Dip Design and Art (TWoR)
• Higher Dip. Tchg (WCE)
• Dip Bilingual Teaching (WCE)
• Trained Teachers Certificate (WCE)
• Teachers College Diploma (WCE)

Āwhina is an experienced primary and secondary teacher and tutors part-time at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. She has been involved in NCEA since its inception, developing standards for Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Hauora and Hangarau Matihiko and is an accredited professional learning and development facilitator.
L Bradnam

Lynette Bradnam (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu)

· Adv. Dip. Te Pinakitanga i te Reo Kairangi (TWoA)
· Int. Dip. Te Aupikitanga (TWOA)
· Poupou Karanga (TWOR)
· NLP M.Prac and Cert. Trainer
· M.Ed. (VUW)
· Trained Teachers Certificate (WCE)

Lynette is an experienced teacher and leader in both the schooling and tertiary sectors. An accredited English- and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator, Lynette has particular interests in leadership, iwi partnerships, and creating culturally responsive learning environments.
B Dixon

Beth Dixon (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Tahu)

· Te Panekiretanga o te Reo
· B.Ed. (Primary) (Waikato)
· Dip Tch (HCE)

Beth is an experienced primary teacher and taught in English and Māori-medium settings. She is also an accredited English-medium and Māori-medium professional learning and development facilitator and has facilitated professional development in Te Poutama Tau, Te Whakapiki i te Reo and Marau-ā- Kura.
D Reid

Dee Reid (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kahu)

• M.Ed. (part.) (Waikato)
• Postgrad. Dip Ed (Sec.) (Waikato)
• B.Soc.Sci. (Waikato)

Dee is an experienced secondary teacher and accredited PLD facilitator in English and Māori medium settings. She has particular strengths in teaching te reo Māori and using digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
S Reedy

Shyree Reedy (Ngāti Porou)

• BCA - Human Resource Management and Business Management (VUW)
• Te Ara Reo Māori Level 4 (TWOA)

Shyree is responsible for keeping our online environment up to date and functioning well – that includes the Ako Panuku website, and our online communications (e-pānui, social media).
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Anja Woltmann

MA (English Linguistics and Literature, Pedagogy) University of Trier, Germany

Anja joined the Haemata team in October 2019 and has a background in office management and administration as well as hospitality, having worked for the commercial arm of the local iwi in Whakatāne and tourism-related front desk work. She supports the team in the smooth running and organisation of ongoing and upcoming projects. Anja's interests are in dialectology and social linguistics, especially the interdependence of language and identity, and she is excited to expand her knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori.

Lee Watt (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine)

Lee is an experienced senior design professional, management specialist and Māori art & design practitioner who has worked extensively in the e-learning and education sector in NZ and Australia. With over 20 years of experience in graphic design, product development, design thinking, resource development, and marketing, both in print and digital environments, he has successfully managed large teams and complex projects including global rebrands, stakeholder collaboration & strategy sessions, and global marketing campaign collateral delivery for educational publishers and organisations.

Miriama Harmer (Ngāti Kahungunu)

Neke atu i te toru tekau tau a Miriama e mahi ana i roto i tēnei huarahi, te whakaako, kei te whai tonu ia i te ikeike rawa ki te taumata o te akoranga kaiako. Mai i te kōpae ki te urupa, tātou ako tonu ai - From the cradle to the grave we are forever learning.

Miriama has taught in the primary, secondary, tertiary, catholic, RTM and Māori-medium education sectors but the highlight has been her work as a Tumuaki of a Kura Kaupapa Māori Te Aho Matua for the past 19 years. She has been involved in a variety of Ministry of Education contracts as both a manager and facilitator. She is enthusiastic about working with kaiako and supporting them in the development of their classroom practice as well as working with Tumuaki around the ever increasing workload.
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PO Box 603, Whakatāne 3158
e: akopanuku@haemata.co.nz
t: (64 7) 308 6322