Anahera has an extensive background in teaching te reo Māori. She has worked in both curriculum development and advisory roles in diverse education settings over a period of 20 years.
In her role as a te reo Māori PLD facilitator, Anahera has supported schools to ensure that they are providing education that enables the capacity for Māori to achieve as Māori. Her experience in working with diverse groups means that she is able to effectively engage others and tailor programmes to suit. Her sensitivity and respect creates environments that are conducive to growth, productivity and confidence building.
Anahera supports educators to become culturally responsive practitioners, helping teachers and leaders to understand the critical importance of Māori language, identity and culture for Māori student success.
Anahera has expertise in the following areas:
Culturally responsive practice (English-medium)
Successfully engaged with schools. leaders and boards of trustees to:
- nurture relationships with whānau, iwi and community
- ensure Māori language is progressed and sustained throughout the school
- continually refresh and evaluate practice to produce the best possible outcomes for Māori students
- build an awareness and acknowledgment of their cultural landscape
- gain deeper understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and bicultural partnerships
- implement development plans and gather whānau voice to inform the school charter and graduate profiles.
Te Reo Māori (Māori-medium)
Successfully engaged with kura and schools in the following ways:
- Developing language proficiency, confidence and capacity to successfully use te reo Māori in their classrooms.
- Supporting diverse groups of kaiako to collaborate and share understandings.
- Increasing understanding of language teaching and learning strategies.
- Supported kaiako to understand and convey deeper language learning to deliver curriculum.
- Supported kaiako to use self-review tools to critique and improve practice.
Te Reo Māori (English-medium)
Ensuring Māori language is progressed and sustained throughout the school.
- Sensitive and respectful encouragement of others to enhance understanding and awareness of the importance of learning te reo Māori.
- Assisting educators with the correct pronunciation of Te Reo Māori enabling them to confidently incorporate language into their classrooms and schools.
2014: Friends of Puke Ariki prize for top undergraduate of 19th Century New Zealand History.