New staff at Te Kura Māori

Te Kura Māori welcomes Professor Cindy Kiro, Dr Adreanne Ormond and Dr Craig Rofe

On Thursday 4 April three new senior academic staff members of the Faculty of Education’s Te Kura Māori were warmly welcomed at Te Herenga Waka marae.

The powhiri, hosted by Professor Piri Sciascia, was attended by staff from Toihuarewa, Te Kawa a Maui, Te Kura Māori, the Faculty of Education and the wider University and also included a number of supporters of the new staff members.

Head of School, Professor Cindy Kiro began her role on 26 March. Her recent roles have included Head of the School of Public Health at Massey University and as the Children‘s Commissioner. Cindy has worked in a wide range of community organisations promoting Māori wellbeing and the wellbeing of children and young people, indigenous health, health systems and health policy.

Dr Adreanne Ormond will come to Te Kura Māori in June from her position as Director of Te Rongo Haeata Research Centre, a joint venture initiative which aims to enable young people to become fluent in digital technology and thereby fully participate as citizens in the knowledge society. Adreanne also has a long history of teaching and research at the University of Auckland and her research interests include youth, education, health and Māori development.

Dr Craig Rofe has most recently been working as a Senior Teacher in Māori Achievement with the Correspondence School and has held previous roles at Onslow College, Auckland and Massey Universities. Craig was the first Māori to be awarded a PhD in Physics and was fortunate to be supervised by Sir Paul Callaghan, he followed up this achievement spending a number of years working in the USA in a senior science position. Craig is passionate about increasing Māori achievement by teaching others best evidence based practice with current research methodologies.

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