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Maria Tibble

Accredited Facilitator (English-medium and Māori-medium)


1998 B.Ed. University of Waikato
1993 Dip.Bilingual Education, Wellington College of Education
1986 B.Tch. (Primary). University of Auckland

Contact details

P: 0800 267 300

Accreditation Number: ACC 241

Region: Bay of Plenty / Rotorua / Taupō

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Professional experience

For the last six years Maria has worked for CORE Education in the Māori-medium team as a facilitator. Able to work with a range of key stakeholders including whānau, hapū and iwi, her most recent role has been designing curriculum in Māori medium settings from the aspirations of whānau. Working in the regions of Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti and Wairoa has been her most rewarding and humbling role yet. 

Having worked in the education sector for over 25 years s Maria has worked in both Māori and English-medium education, teaching at both primary, intermediate and secondary school levels. She has spent much of her teaching career working in bilingual, Māori immersion and English medium settings.  

Prior to CORE Education she worked as a Resource Teacher Learning Behaviour (RTLB) in Rotorua for nine years.This role enhanced her knowledge and application of facilitation, change management, coaching and mentoring and inclusive education. As an RLTB she developed a number of school-wide literacy, learning and behaviour programmes based on relationship development, adapted curriculum at secondary level to support special needs learners and to input localised content. In addition, Restorative practice, Creating Pathways and Building Lives (CPaBL career development) and working as a Lead facilitator for Te Kotahitanga enabled her to pursue her area of passion, transforming the lives of Māori students in schools. 

She has considerable teaching and learning experience having taught at Lynmore Primary School (Rotorua) for five years (Year 3 to Year 6) then moving on to Kaitao Middle School (Rotorua) for seven years (Years 7 to 8) with her last years as Senior Leader.


Maria has expertise in the following areas:

Localised school curriculum design and implementation (Māori-medium)

Successfully supporting schools to: 

  • conduct an audit of the local area using a cultural landscape tool
  • engage the voices of ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi to co-construct a graduate/learner profile
  • undertake a full curriculum review
  • design and implement a localised marau ā-kura based on the aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi and inclusive of localised content  
  • design and implement localised curriculum content that uses Te Marautanga o Aotearoa as the document that drives the teaching and learning programmes in the Māori medium setting
  • design and implement localised curriculum content using the national curriculum document of their choice.
  • implement, review and redesign curriculum. 

Engaging whānau, hapū,i wi and school communities (English and Māori-medium)

Successfully supporting schools to:

  • understand and engage  authentically with whānau, hapū and iwi
  • involve whānau, hapū and iwi in teaching and learning programmes
  • support leadership to engage with whānau, hapū and iwi
  • establish deliberate whānau engagement action plans to support ākonga success

Culturally responsive and bicultural practice (English and Māori-medium)

Successfully supporting schools to:

  • develop and evaluate learning and teaching programmes to support Māori students enjoying and achieving education success as Māori.
  • evaluate and develop school policies, charters, strategic plans to accelerate Māori student achievement
  • support change leadership and management within the school when planning for Maori student success
  • establish meaningful relationships with whānau and local iwi to support the re-design of school curriculum so that it better reflects local history, reo and tikanga.

Mentoring (Māori medium)

Mentoring and coaching teachers to:

  • reach their goals for learning and success in their professional learning.
  • articulate in their own voices to reach their goals
  • mentor teachers to have agency, confidence and self-efficacy.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

  • 2016: U Learn - Cultural Landscape Tool. How can we actively support Māori to achieve success as Māori?
  • 2011: U Learn - Standing in our own mana.  Co-presentation

CORE blog posts

Personal Statement

“Hei aha au i mate noa ake ai, ka tupu aku pā karito” 

My death is not in vain for my descendants will follow. - Tunohopu (Chief of Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa)

I specialise in Māori education.My passion is for all Māori students to realise their potential as a mokopuna of their iwi. Their greatness comes from their whakapapa and by unleashing the potential within, anything is possible. Education opens doors to defy the impossible and imagine the invisible.  This is my purpose for all students both Māori and non-Māori.

I have experience in engaging a range of stakeholders including Māori, working with leadership teams and staff professional development. I have experience working in primary, intermediate and secondary and some knowledge of Early Childhood. I am passionate and committed to influencing, improving and reimagining outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau.