CORE's Team

Pauline Ellis-Waru

Facilitator — Early Years


2014 Post Grad Education (Wānanga o Waitaha)
2009 Post Grad Hoaka Pounamu (Wānanga o Waitaha)
1986 Dip Teaching Early Childhood Education (Teachers College Christchurch)

Contact details


P: 0800 267 300

M: 021 915 130

Region: Canterbury

PaulineEllisWaru FS

Professional profile 

37 Years experience in the education sector in Aotearoa. Alongside a strong history with the kindergarten movement, experience in the wider early years landscape including play centre, community based learning centres, bilingual kaupapa, home-based philosophy and Waldorf philosophy.

Five years in California influencing and leading change for early childhood kaiako by developing and empowering an understanding of socio-cultural theory for sustainable changes in curriculum. Facilitating whānau groups to empower parenting with a sense of social justice. Modelling Inclusive education to home-based care movement in Danville California.

Working in the Tertiary sector as lecturer for Te Rito Maioha, Learner support and mentoring, with a range of Leadership facilitation projects. 

Through the Hoaka Pounamu scholarship program at Wananga o Waitaha leading and mentoring Tiriti partnership responsibilities in the early years sector and social services management teams.   

Empowering Tiriti-literacy to link to strategic planning aspirations.

Advocating and supporting the implementation of the Kaupapa Māori assessment framework Te Whatu Pōkeka into mainstream early childhood settings.


  • Supporting sensitive conversations around Pākehā Privilege and finding culturally safe ways for non-Māori to  cultivate reciprocal relationships 
  • Advocate for Tiriti responsive curriculum design in early learning environments
  • Infusing Place-based education with cultural sensitivity

  • Teacher Registration Tautoko

  • Learner support for Te Rito Maioha

  • Language Revitalisation and growing understanding of bilingual Kaupapa

  • Education for Sustainability Enviros schools program

  • Leadership, mentoring and advocating for Kaupapa Māori Assessment Framework Te Whatu Pōkeka


2009 Hoaka Pounamu Scholarship

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops


2017 Kidsfirst/Tamariki-ki-Mua Professional Learning Hui 

2017 Whare Tapa Wha Model (Durie, M.), Tiriti-literacy co-presentation Auckland 

2017  ‘Make a Maui’ – Building rauemi for storytelling presentation Auckland

2016 Sir Mason Durie Seminar  Auckland (Attended)

2016 Joe Harawira Storytelling Presentation (Attended)

2016 Kidsfirst Kindergarten Professional Learning Hui – Place-based Education (Presenter)

2015 Tiriti-responsiveness to social service managers Rapaki Marae (Presenter)

2015 Te Whatu Pōkeka Kaupapa Māori Assessment Framework Rapaki Marae (Presenter)

2012 Teacher Refresher Course  – Growing Bicultural curriculum (Presenter)

Personal statement 

I whānau mai Ōtautahi, engari Whakaraupō i kainga inaianei! My very large extended whānau fill my life with lots of fun and laughter. 

Living in the beautiful whenua of Whakaraupō harbour you will find me enjoying the birdsong, peaceful bush walks and kayaking on the harbour, if I am not sitting on the deck watching the kererū and pīwaiwaka.

I am always grateful to listen to the stories about the indigenous history of Te Waipounamu as iwi generously gift these forward and I am lucky enough to add them to my kete.