New Year Honour for Associate Professor

Associate Professor Azra Moeed was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to science education and the community.

Associate Professor Moeed MNZM teaches in the School of Education and is well recognised within her field, having received an Ako Aotearoa National Standard Tertiary Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. She has presented her work on science education, science teacher education, and environmental education at conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.

Professor Stephen Dobson, Dean of the Faculty of Education, says that “this honour for Associate Professor Moeed is a well-deserved recognition of her work with communities, colleagues, and students over many years. We are delighted for her success.”

The New Year Honours citation for Associate Professor Moeed:

"Dr Moeed worked as a high school teacher prior to becoming an academic involved in science teacher education at Victoria University of Wellington from 2001. She has researched and published internationally, and most recently co­authored two books, 'Learning through School Science Investigation: Teachers putting research into practice' and 'Learning Through School Science Investigation in an Indigenous School'. She has contributed to the Australasian Science Education Research Association, The American Education Research Association, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. She has helped Te Kura Māori o Porirua to develop their science education programme since 2014 and established a large butterfly house, which continues to attract schoolchildren to take an interest in science. She has collected books for school children and helped them to develop their reading ability. She has worked with her local Indian and Muslim communities, supporting them to integrate into New Zealand society. Dr Moeed has contributed to Capital City Science Educators, the Biology Teachers Network, the Wellington Zoo, Science Fairs, and the Allan Wilson Centre of Molecular Evolution."