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Mere Snowden

Mere has worked in a diverse range of educational environments in both English medium and Māori medium settings. Her breadth of experience ranges from being a primary school teacher, to delivery of initial teacher education as a Senior Lecturer. Mere’s diversity of experience ensures that her practice is informed by the principles of Kaupapa Māori and strengthened by the most current of western research. She is passionate about the regeneration of te reo Māori and culturally responsive practices informed by affirming relationships and the culture of ‘high teaching’ that will close the educational ‘disparity’ gap for tamariki Māori. Mere offers a range of expertise in both Māori and English medium contexts, including cultural responsiveness and a wealth of knowledge around engagaing with whanau and communities. Her strengths in leading change initiatives draw on the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi and Ka Hikitia, and her focus on identity, language and culture ensures schools respond to learner aspirations.