The writers of the update

A group of independent experts were appointed to write the update of Te Whāriki.

The writers were:

Dr Helen Hedges

Helen is Associate Professor at the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of Auckland. Helen is a recognised thought leader in enacting Te Whāriki, particularly as it relates to children’s interests and working theories. Helen has researched and published extensively in the areas of pedagogy and curriculum.

Lealofi Kupa

Lealofi has 22 years experience as a teacher and professional leader in Pasifika and non-Pasifika ECE settings. In 2009, Lealofi co-wrote Tokelau Language: Gagana Tokelau: The Tokelau Language Guidelines. Lealofi is currently a team leader of E Tu Ao Pacific home-based ECE for He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens, based in Porirua. She has a Master’s in Education and is a member of the Leadership Pacific Cluster.

Dr Claire McLachlan

Claire is Professor of Education and Head of School, Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato. Claire is widely published in the field of early childhood curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, and has made a significant contribution as a thought leader in early literacy and physical education.

Dr Sally Peters

Associate Professor Sally Peters was on the advisory group for the development of Te Whāriki in the 1990s and later contributed to The New Zealand Curriculum. Sally brings over 20 years of research experience exploring different aspects of ECE to school transitions with teachers in both sectors. Sally is Head of School, Te Oranga School of Human Development and Counselling; and Associate Director of the Early Years Research Centre at the University of Waikato.

Keri Pewhairangi

Keri is of Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ruakawa, Ngāti Tamaterā and Ngai Tahu descent. Keri is the Tumuaki of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōtuku in Auckland. She has 20 years experience as a teacher and professional leader in kaupapa Māori from kohanga reo through to wharekura.

Dr Lesley Rameka

Lesley is Ngāti Ruakawa and Ngāti Tukorehe. She is a Senior Lecturer in Te Hononga, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Waikato, where she teaches in the Early Childhood and Māori Education programmes. Lesley brings a depth of experience as a practitioner, researcher and advisor in kaupapa Māori ECE settings.

Brenda Soutar

Brenda is Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou. She is Kaitiaki at Te Kōhanga Reo o Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North. Brenda brings a wealth of Kaupapa Māori experience, including as researcher/adviser to Te Whatu Pokeka (Kaupapa Māori Assessment for Learning).

The original writers of Te Whāriki also provided advice on the update. 

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