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Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

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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
Ext: 601
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, 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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Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator/Project Leader
DipTchg, BEd, DipEdMan
Contact details
Region: Otago
Phone: (03) 379 6627
Ext: 925
Mobile: 0274 153 921
Professional profile

Greg has been teaching since 1989 and was a primary school principal from 1994-2011. He has taught at all levels of primary school, from Y4-8, usually in multi-level classes.

Greg's full-time classroom teaching has been at Redwood School in Christchurch, and Abbotsford School in Dunedin. As a principal, he has worked at Taieri Beach School, Pine Hill School and Outram School. These schools vary from rural to urban, small to large, and span the deciles, so he has had experience across a wide variety of educational settings.

Until the end of 2011 Greg had been at school since he was 5 (school, teachers college, and then school again), except for a year with CORE Education as an ICT PD National Facilitator. He is passionate about learning—his own, and that of all the people in the school or organisation. Greg's job as a school leader was to make sure it happened for everyone.

Greg has participated in the ICT PD programme as a principal of a cluster school, Project Director (of a different cluster), and National Facilitator. He has been part of ICT PD in some capacity for the past 10 years.

From 2001–2005 Greg was Director of the Dunedin HPP Project, which was a pre-literacy intervention and teacher development programme that operated across 36 Otago schools, funded by MoE and the Community Trust of Otago.

In 2010 Greg supported the Experience Principals Development Pilot run in Otago-Southland by CORE Education.

Since 2012, Greg has been working as a consultant and this has included roles with classes and groups of children in schools, teachers, and other staff. He has also run workshops for other education professionals, and worked as a researcher at Natural History New Zealand alongside their iOS development team.


  • Learning - children/students and adults, his own
  • Change Management and School Leadership
  • Learning with, about, and through ICT's
  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Assessment and Data Presentation
Conference presentations

Greg has presented numerous workshops as part of ICT PD clusters for teachers, boards of trustees, children and other education professionals.

He has also presented a number of ULearn and Learning@School workshops with a particular focus on Web2.0 tools, and utilising them professionally as well as in the classroom.


Greg has been profiled in Interface Magazine as a principal providing particular leadership in ICT.

Personal statement

"I was born and raised in Christchurch, and have been living in Dunedin since 1990. I am married to a wonderful lady called Jane, who is a speech language therapist and is working hard towards her PhD. We have two teenage children.

I have been in ICT PD in different roles for the last 10 years, and an active blogger since 1996. I live in a household with way more devices that connect to the internet than people."

Chrissie Butler

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Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator/Matrix Coordination Role/Professional Learning Services Facilitator
MEd (Applied Linguistics), DipESVI, BEd
Contact details
Region: Wellington
Phone: (04) 974 8825
Ext: 890
Mobile: 021 411 629
Professional profile

Chrissie works alongside schools and education facilitators supporting strategic planning and blended professional learning in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), e-learning, and inclusive practices. She is also the lead writer and content developer on the Ministry of Education’s new Inclusive Education website. Chrissie supports the development of CORE's internal capability in inclusive learning design 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. She has a particular interest in exploring the relationship between creative work, education, digital technologies and social change.

  • Inclusive learning design and strategic planning for schools and agencies
  • Professional learning and development in Universal Design for Learning, inclusive education, special education, effective use of technology
  • Fostering creativity and innovation in schools and workplaces
  • Accessible website and online course design and development
  • Writing and reviewing content related to diversity, equity, creativity and inclusion
Professional memberships
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
  • SPEVI (South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment)
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 story telling 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."