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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) which 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.

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


H Murphy


(Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) 

Project Director


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.


Awhina Gray


(Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Manawa) 

Coordinator – Professional Learning; Career Development


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. Āwhina works with Lynette to plan and coordinate Ako Panuku workshops and with Beth on our teacher career support.




(Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa) 

Project Coordinator


Beverly is a key part of the Ako Panuuku support team, providing administrative and coordination support for the team, and Ako Panuku teachers. She has a background in administration and support having worked in local government and education or many years prior to joining the Ako Panuku team. From her experience as a principal’s secretary, Beverly is very familiar with day to day comings and goings of a busy secondary school.




(Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu) 

Coordinator – Professional Communities, Professional Learning


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. She works with Dee to coordinate our professional communities and, along with Āwhina, is responsible for overseeing Ako Panuku workshops. 




(Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Kahu) 

Coordinator – Professional Communities; Online support


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. Dee works with Lynette is coordinating our Ako Panuku national communities and clusters, and is also working alongside Shyree to build our online presence. 




(Ngāti Porou) 

Coordinator – Online support; Professional Resources


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). She also works with Beth to plan and oversee the development of new online and hardcopy Ako Panuku tools and resources.  




(Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāi Tahu) 

Coordinator – Career Development; Professional Resources


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. Beth works with Āwhina on Ako Panuku teacher career support, and with Shyree to develop new Ako Panuku resources. 


Esmay Colour Pic


(Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pukeko, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Samoa) 

Project Administrator


Esmay is our Project Administrator and is your first point of contact. It is likely to be Es who answers your call to our office or responds to your email queries. As well as that Esmay processes new registrations to Ako Panuku, coordinates the production and distribution of our resoures, and ensures that everything is in place for our workshops.

Mā te mahi tahi, ko te eke panuku, ko te ako panuku


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