Ann is a passionate advocate for equity in education. The former principal of Kia Aroha College, a special-character, bilingual, secondary school in Otara is a strong critic of pervasive, deficit-driven explanations of Māori and Pasifika “under-achievement”. Ann led the Kia Aroha College community’s almost 30-year journey to reject school environments which alienate Māori and Pasifika learners and to develop a critical, culturally responsive learning approach centred on students’ identities. Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, was published in 2016. She is the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships, including the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award for outstanding service to education in New Zealand.

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