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Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

Special Education

Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu

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Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator/Matrix Coordination Role/Pasifika Malaga/Professional Learning Services Facilitator
BMus, BA(Hons), GradDipTchg(Sec), PGDipEd, GradDipTESSOL, MProfStud (2nd class, 1st div hons)
Contact details
Region: Auckland
Phone: (09) 973 5695
Mobile: 021 390 336
Professional profile

Manu is a practising ethnomusicologist and educator. Her teaching experience has been in secondary schools in Auckland with Music, Social Studies and English from 2004.

From February 2005 to November 2012 as a member of Komiti Pasifika with PPTA, Manu has been involved in creating submissions and providing consultation feedback for various policy documents such as the Pasifika Education Plan for the Ministry of Education, the Pacific Languages Framework for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and the Pasifika Strategy for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

She has also provided Pasifika perspectives for the Senior Learning and Teaching guides, in the curriculum areas of Science, Accounting and Economics with Learning Media.

Manu is highly sought after to develop and provide mentoring programmes that meet the needs of educators and professionals, interacting with educators and supporting them in their work in raising student achievement, by realising student potential.


Manu can provide insights and professional development in the following areas:

  • Mentoring senior leadership teams, heads of faculties, heads of departments, syndicate leaders, teachers and support staff to reach their professional learning goals.
  • Critiquing strategic planning and annual goals for senior management in schools.
  • Packaging NCEA standards and programmes that benefit Pasifika students, by creating tailor-made NCEA assessment tasks for curriculum areas, with a focus on literacy-rich tasks.
  • Providing PLD sessions for non-Pasifika teachers who want to engage Pasifika learners.
  • Providing support for senior management leaders to create links with Pasifika communities in their schools i.e. creating Pasifika Parent Groups.
  • Creating empowerment programmes for Pasifika learners.
  • Subject-specific and school-wide/staff-wide professional learning sessions about gifted and talented Pasifika learners.
  • Gifted and talented Pasifika education in New Zealand.
  • Subject-specific and school-wide/staff-wide professional learning sessions about Pasifika cultures and Pasifika identities in New Zealand.

See Manu's full consultancy profile.

Professional memberships
  • APRA member (Australasian Performing Rights Association)
  • BLPC member (Bilingual Leo Pacific Coalition)
  • NMSSA working group member (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement) - Arts focus
  • Komiti Pasifika member - Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
  • Former Fofola e Fala member (Regional Pasifika Advisory Group for Ministry of Education, Maungawhau Office, Auckland)
Conference presentations
  • 2015 - Keynote speaker - New Zealand Literacy Association Conference “Word for Wellington”, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
  • 2015 - Keynote speaker - New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) 40th Anniversary Conference, Waikato University, Waikato.
  • 2015 - Guest speaker - Brand launch, Robertson Road School, Mangere, Auckland.
  • 2014 - Guest speaker - Pasifika Prizegiving, Kedgley Intermediate, Mangere, Auckland.
  • 2014 – ULearn14, Rotorua, workshop presentation, “Empowering Pasifika learners excelling in NCEA Music and Dance”
  • 2014 – ULearn14, Rotorua, workshop presentation, “Empowering Pasifika learners excelling in NCEA Music and Dance”.
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker – “Le Lalolagi Fou: E tumau le faavae ae fesuia’i faiga – Understanding the diverse-cities of Pasifika”, National Teaching Learning Conference, sponsored by Ako Aotearoa – Centre for Tertiary Excellence in Teaching, ‘Te Ao Hou – The New World’, Southland Institute of Technology
  • 2014 – Workshop presentation with Ingrid Frengley-Vaipuna, “Gifted Pasifika Students”, Gifted and Talented Education Cluster (GATE cluster), Petone, Wellington.
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker - ECE Homebased Services Annual Conference, National Childcare Association “Relationships, Intentionality and Leadership – buzz words or reality?”, Rydges Hotel, Wellington
  • 2014 – Departmental presentations, Social Sciences and Music Department, Hillcrest High School, Hamilton.
  • 2014 – Workshop presentation, Association for Pasifika Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE) Conference, “Upper North”, WelTec, Petone, Wellington.
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker, Te Tai Tokerau Symposium, “Pasifika Education Plan – what does this mean for your school?”, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kaikohe.
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker, Te Tai Tokerau Symposium, “Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 – what does this mean for your school?”, Whangarei.
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker – PPTA Pasifika Conference, “Lalaga – Making Connections”
  • 2014 – Staff presentation, “Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 – what does this mean for your school?” Hillcrest High School, Hamilton.
  • 2014 – Guest speaker with Anthony Faitaua – Emerging Leaders’ Summit, “Celebrating Pasifika Giftedness and Promoting Achievement”, hosted by Mark Osborne, Albany Senior High School, Auckland.
  • 2014 – Guest speaker with Anthony Faitaua – Emerging Leaders’ Summit, “Celebrating Pasifika Giftedness and Promoting Achievement”, hosted by Mark Osborne, CPIT, Christchurch.
  • 2014 – Staff presentation, “Restorative Practices”, McAuley High School, Otahuhu, Auckland.
  • 2014 – Staff presentation with Togi Lemanu– “Engaging Pasifika Learners”, Kavanagh College, Dunedin.
  • 2014 – Guest speaker, Dream Fono, hosted by The University of Auckland
  • 2014 – CORE Breakfast Seminar and Workshop with Togi Lemanu, “The Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 – what does this mean for your school?”, Hamilton.
  • 2014 – Farnet Conference/Digital Horizons Conference, Whangarei, workshop presentation
  • 2014 – Keynote speaker - ACE Aotearoa Hui Fono, “Māori and Pasifika Success”, Taranaki.
  • 2013 - NZARE13 Conference, Otago, workshop presentation, “Gifted Pasifika students: connecting cultural giftedness to musical talent”
  • 2013 - ULearn13, Hamilton, workshop presentation with Togi Lemanu “Gifted and Talented Pasifika”
  • 2013 - ACE Aotearoa, Otago Museum, workshop presentation with Togi Lemanu “Gifted and Talented: Celebrating Indigenous Roots”
  • 2013 - Learning @ Schools Roadshow Whangarei, workshop presentation with Moana Timoko and Togi Lemanu, “Virtual Sharing about Strategies that work for Māori and Pasifika Learners”
  • 2013 - ICOT13 with Togi Lemanu “Shifting the thinking of Pasifika parents”
  • 2012 - AUT Manukau GATE cluster meeting, presentation about gifted and talented Pasifika students
  • 2012 - AUT Manukau GATE Conference, workshop presenter
  • 2012 - AUT Manukau Pasifika PLD, co-presenter for “Pasifika in New Zealand secondary schools”
  • 2012 - Staff presentation, “How to be culturally responsive to Pasifika students”, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School
  • 2012 – Department presentation, “Pasifika Transformers”, (analysis of annual report, responses to teacher enquiries) Faculty of English, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School
  • 2012 - Special topic presentation, “Pasifika”, Mount Albert Grammar School – speaking about gifted and talented students
  • 2012 – Special topic presentations, “Pasifika Transformers”, Rutherford College (two fortnightly sessions).
  • 2012 - “Gifted and Talented”, workshop presentation for PPTA Pasifika Conference ,“Pasifika Voices: Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Loud”.
  • 2011 - PPTA Professional Conference, “eDscapes”, workshop presenter
  • 2010 - PPTA Annual Conference , Komiti Pasifika, co-author and co-presenter of “Mind Your Language” paper
  • 2009 - PPTA Pasifika Conference, “Niu Generation”, 16-17 July 2009, Waipuna Lodge, Mt. Wellington, Auckland.
  • 2008 - Council of Pacific Education (COPE) Conference, 18th Biennial Conference, Nadi, Fiji – observer from PPTA Komiti Pasifika.
  • 2008 - PPTA Te Wehengarua Maori Teachers’ Conference, Komiti Pasifika, workshop presenter “Cook Island Dance”
  • 2007 - PPTA Te Wehengarua Maori Teachers’ Conference, Komiti Pasifika, workshop presenter “Pasifika Issues in New Zealand Education”
  • 2006 - PPTA Pasifika Conference, “Voyaging the Future”, organising committee – Komiti Pasifika, workshop presenter
  • 2005 - PPTA Professional Conference, Komiti Pasifika, workshop presenter -“Engaging Pasifika Students in New Zealand Education”, Wellington, organising committee – Komiti Pasifika, workshop presenter
  • 2013 PPTA Service Award
  • 2011 MoE Study Support Grant
  • 2009 TESSOL scholarship
  • 2003 TeachNZ Pasifika scholarship
  • Faaea-Semeatu, M. (2015). Pasifika Transformers - more than meets the eye. SET, 2015(1), 34–41.
  • Faaea-Semeatu, T. (2011). “Celebrating Gifted Roots: Gifted and Talented Pacific Island (Pasifika) Students”. In Giftedness from an Indigenous Perspective, ed. W. Vialle. Papers from the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney, 29 July–1 August 2010. Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented/Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. 
Personal statement

"I am a life-long learner, with a strong commitment to serving all communities that I am involved in – cultural, musical, collegial, regional, national, global – as we are all universal."

Greg Carroll

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Project Lead — LwDT
DipTchg, BEd, DipEdMan, ACN
Contact details
Region: Otago
Phone: (03) 379 6627
Mobile: 027 415 3921
Professional profile

Greg mentors and facilitates leaders and teachers across the country in a range of different contexts. As an experienced principal Greg has a particular focus on school change and supporting leaders of all kinds to be the best they can be, and supporting other educators on their improvement journeys. 

Greg is part of the leadership of the Learning with Digital Technologies professional learning and development programme and in this role supports the 60+ facilitators across the country from Northland to Otago-Southland.  This programme has a focus on supporting school development with a specific e-learning lens and in ensuring leaders, teachers and whole school communities take full advantage of the opportunities and potential of e-learning for improving outcomes for students and all learners. This has also involved him presenting workshops across the country on a wide variety of different topics and for audiences right across the schooling and early childhood sectors. He leads the team who developed the e-Learning Planning Framework as an online tool, which is now used extensively across the country. Greg has also presented workshops and worked with school leadership teams on both sides of the Tasman on everything from BYOD planning and roll-outs, Google and Apple ‘how-to’s’, to strategic planning and school transformation initiatives.

Greg is part of the Apple Consultants Network and is one of a select few facilitators across the country who can deliver Apple accredited school change and development workshops. He also leads the Apple Consultants team for CORE. In 2010 Greg supported the Experienced Principals Development Pilot run in Otago-Southland by CORE Education and has been a researcher at Natural History New Zealand alongside their iOS development team.

As an experienced coach and mentor Greg is available through CORE’s UChoose mentoring programme, as well as other CORE Consultancy services.

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Development of facilitation skills
  • Learning Talk and the development of Communities of Learners (Dalton and Anderson)
  • Change and school leadership 
  • School improvement and transformation
  • Utilising the potential of technologies for learning
  • e-Learning and MLE/ILE pedagogy and development
  • Evaluative capability
Conference presentations

Greg has facilitated numerous workshops, seminars, teacher only days, and Board of Trustee and community sessions, on a wide variety of topics in both Australia and New Zealand. He has also presented a number of uLearn and Learning@School workshops with a particular focus on school change and development, and utilising online tools professionally as well as in the classroom.

Greg has been profiled in Interface Magazine as a school principal providing particular leadership in ICT and e-learning.  He has also been an active blogger and researcher.

Personal statement

I was born and raised in Christchurch, and have been living in Dunedin since 1990. I am married to Jane, who is a speech language therapist and is working hard towards her PhD. We have two teenage children and live in a household with way more devices that connect to the Internet than people who own them.

Outside of work photography, four wheel driving and the outdoors are passions.

Chrissie Butler

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Senior consultant: Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning
MEd (Applied Linguistics), DipESVI, BEd
Contact details
Region: Wellington
Phone: (04) 974 8825
Mobile: 021 411 629
Professional profile

Chrissie works alongside schools and the wider education sector supporting strategic planning and blended professional learning in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), e-learning, and inclusive practices. She also holds responsibility for the continuing development of the Ministry of Education’s new Inclusive Education website. 

Chrissie supports the development of CORE's internal capability in inclusive practices and  provides consultancy in this area to both New Zealand and overseas schools and agencies. Chrissie brings her life-long arts practice to all aspects of her work.

  • Consultancy in inclusive learning and workplace design. 
  • Facilitating strategic planning in inclusive practices for schools and agencies.
  • Professional learning and development in Universal Design for Learning, inclusive practices, special education, effective use of technology.
  • Accessible website and online course design and development.
  • Writing and reviewing content related to diversity, equity, creativity and inclusion.
Professional memberships
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
  • South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment (SPEVI).
Conference presentations
  • Various presentations at ULearn and Learning @ School, 2009-2013.
  • “Dancing on the same page: Digital Portfolios" – South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment conference, Sydney, 2011.
  • “Inclusive storytelling with video” – BLENNZ Conference, Auckland 2010.
  • “Get ya’ hands dirty: A hands-on model for partnership in transdisciplinary teams" - Viscon Sydney, 2009 and South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment, Adelaide, 2009.
  • Harvard Graduate School Summer Institute - Universal Design for Learning 2012.
  • Royal Society Awarded Teacher Fellowship - Ministry of Research, Science and Technology 2010 culminating in the development of the BLENNZ Learning Library.
Personal statement

"It continues to be an immense privilege to work at what I love."