18 Jul 2012

Three Maori tertiary teachers win national awards

7:16 pm on 18 July 2012

The contribution made by three Maori women to tertiary teaching has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Mana Elizabeth Hunkin from Te Kura Motuhake o Te Ataarangi; Sophie Nock from Waikato University, and Ocean Mercier from Victoria University have won awards, in the kaupapa Maori category of the Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Awards.

Mrs Hunkin has 50 years of teaching experience, with the past 20 focussed on revitalising Maori language education.

Mrs Nock is also a passionate teacher of te reo Maori, while Ms Mercier has been recognised for her work to include new technology and teaching methods in Maori teaching practices.

The women have 85 years of teaching experience between them.

Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, says they're known for their holistic teaching style and their commitment, which it says extends well beyond the classroom and involves whanau and iwi.

It's three years since the kaupapa Maori category was added to the excellence in tertiary teaching awards, and to date five teachers of Maori subjects have won awards.