CORE's Team

Rewi Nankivell

Kairangahau Matua / Senior Researcher


2018 - Diploma in Te Pīnakitanga ki Te Reo Kairangi (Level 7) - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2008 - Certificate in Adult & Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) - Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
2001 - Masters in Māori & Pacific Development (Hons) - University of Waikato
1995 - Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies) - University of Waikato

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 409 356

Region: Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Professional profile

Rewi has worked in education and research for the past 20 years.  He is an experienced facilitator, having worked for University of Waikato, WINTEC and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  He is accustomed with data collection and analysis as well as reviewing and synthesising literature for the purposes of literature reviews. He enjoys entering spaces that provides education opportunities for communities through innovative thinking and research. 

Professional membership

  • Company Director of Tihi Innovations Limited, Gisborne
  • Trustee of Te Rā Kahekeheke Land Trust, Te Kuiti
  • New Zealand Schools Trustees Association Regional representative, Gisborne / Hawkes Bay
  • Board of Trustees, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whatatutu
  • Waikato – Tainui Tribal Council Member
  • Member of Te Rōpū Whakahau (Māori Librarian Assosciation)
  • Member of LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand / Aotearoa) 


Brown, K., Nankivell, R., & Te Kani, M. (2016). Mangatu Marae Te Reo Survey. Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu, Gisborne. Language Revitalisation Project funded by Mā Te Reo, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo, Wellington.

Meredith, P., Nankivell, R., & Joseph, R. (2010). Ngāti Apakura Mana Tangata: Scoping report for a Ngāti Apakura oral and traditional history project. Commissioned by the Waitangi Tribunal, Wellington.

Nankivell, R. (2014). Ngāti Rora Hapū Tangata Whenua Brief of Evidence. Tangata Whenua Hearings, presented in front of the Waitangi Tribunal, Waipatoto Marae, Oparure. 

Conferences attended

2018 - uLearn18, Auckland

2018 - Te Wero Conference: Māori Education Leadership Conference, Gisborne

2016 - Literacy Aotearoa National Conference, Takipu Marae, Te Karaka, Gisborne

2013 - He Manawa Whenua: Indigenous Research Conference, Hamilton


2002 - LIANZA Rua Mano Scholarship Recipient

1999 - Te Tokanganui-a-noho Scholarship Recipient (Ngāti Maniapoto)

1997-99 - Tumate Mahuta Postgraduate Scholarship, Waikato-Tainui

Personal statement

I affiliate closely with my hapū, Ngāti Rora and my Iwi Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Kuiti. My whakapapa ties are also connect me to Ngāpuhi and Waikato Iwi. When and where possible, I travel home to Te Kuiti Pā to attend hui.

My philosophy is that education is a lifelong pursuit of acquiring knowledge and that you never stop learning. I enjoy extending my understanding about all aspects of Te Ao Māori, education and keeping up with current affairs and news.

I am a proud father of three tamariki and we reside within the Iwi boundaries of Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Gisborne. As a whānau, we attend hui regularly at Mangatu Marae, Whatatutu where my partner was raised.