Dr Hīria McRae
Hīria's research areas include Māori medium education, iwi, student success models, science education, education for sustainability, and place-based education.
Te Arawa, Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu
What are your research interests?
My interests are Māori education, iwi-based Māori student success models, science education, education for sustainability, and place-based education.
Tell us about a current research project
One of my current projects is with an iwi-based research group at home in Rotorua. We are Te Arawa researchers interested in positive explorations of Māori student success. We have members at universities in Auckland, Canterbury, and Wellington, and in Rotorua. We have completed a pilot project funded by our local iwi exploring school and home factors that contribute to Māori student success. We are currently completing a wider project funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga which explores the themes we found in the pilot project and connects them with tribal ancestry. We hope our projects will benefit Māori students, schools, teachers, parents, and other iwi and hapū.
What do you enjoy most about doing research?
I enjoy having the opportunity to work with a range of people interested in making a difference for Māori education in new and innovative ways. I also enjoy the privilege of listening to different peoples’ perspectives, especially young people. It feels great being able to make a contribution to my own iwi.
What have you learnt about research that you wish you had known when you were a student?
Research is not about compliance to the latest education policy or initiatives; it’s about being proactive and creating new opportunities.