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Deanne Thomas

quotation markKo te tamaiti te pūtake o te ako — Learning and teaching is about the children.quotation mark

We need to open our hearts to the diverse cultures of our classrooms, and begin relationship building from that perspective.

quotation markKo te tamaiti te pūtake o te ako — Learning and teaching is about the children.quotation mark

We need to open our hearts to the diverse cultures of our classrooms, and begin relationship building from that perspective.


Deanne’s particular areas of interest and expertise

  • Strengthening school leadership by bringing all learners to the forefront.
  • Development of aspirational and strategic plans for education by, and with, iwi.
  • Creating school cultures that reflect the multicultural nature of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Supporting whānau, hapū, and iwi to catch the virtual waka.
  • Effective pedagogies for Māori learners.
  • Te reo Māori in English-medium and understanding the key strategic documents Ka Hikitia, Tau Mai te Reo and Whakapūmatutia, Papakōwhaitia, Tau Ana.

Deanne has had an extensive career in both Māori and English-medium settings across various sectors. She has written a number of teacher guides and student material to support curriculum design and implementation.

Deanne is a people-focused person who is available to your school in a number of ways including as a workshop presenter, or spotlight and keynote speaker.

Strategic planning
He Toa Takitini strategic education plan to inform the iwi and crown negotiations in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Programme planning and development
Worked to develop a programme with Ho'omana 'Oiwi, Hawai'i to develop literacy in the Hawai'ian language.