Indigenous Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Reflections on 35 years in Maori education

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2015

Professor Elizabeth McKinley, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

The last 35 years has seen significant research and development in Maori education, from ECE through to tertiary study. These developments have included the establishment of the Maori Language Commission and Maori medium education at all levels of the system; Maori language curricula; the creation of Maori centred institutions; substantial input into English medium education for Maori; and national Maori focused education policies and achievement targets. This seminar will focus mainly on the developments in Maori schooling, in Maori language and in English medium schools, including the targeted policies. Notwithstanding the significant progress made over 35 years, the talk will also reflect on the continuing challenges and some of the current projects and developments in trying to alleviate current disparities between Maori and non-Maori students in achievement outcomes. I will draw some parallels between the New Zealand and Australian approach to Indigenous education, gained from my short time here.


Elizabeth McKinley

Liz McKinley is a Professor of Indigenous Education at MGSE. She came to UoM from the position of Professor in Maori Education and Director of the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

She has a background in secondary school teaching (sciences), initial and inservice teacher education, secondary bilingual (Maori/English) education, and national curriculum development. She has also been on the Minister of Education's Cross Sector Advisory Group and chaired the Benchmarks of Progress sub-group of this forum.