Ako Aotearoa offers an annual scholarship to Pacific staff working in the New Zealand tertiary education sector. The purpose of this scholarship is to support and build the leadership capability of Pacific staff for greater Pacific learner success.
The 2023 recipients have each demonstrated a desire to progress their careers and leadership capabilities, improve learning outcomes for all learners, and support new academic opportunities within their communities. We are proud to introduce you to these dedicated kaimahi:
Angeline Taulia Malae (University of Canterbury)
Angeline is an Academic Facilitator, Curriculum Developer and Coordinator for Year One of the Bachelor of Teaching in Primary Education. She wishes to pursue a Master of Education to further her leaderships skills and professional and personal growth. Passionate about integrating Pasifika values and theories into her leadership role, Angeline believes Pasifika leadership is pivotal in fostering inclusivity and diversity within her academic community.
Anne Hukiavave (Solomon Group/New Zealand Weld and Trade Services)
In her role as Education Support, Anne supports tutors to provide excellent teaching delivery and participates in various programme reviews and processes that lead to overall course improvement. She is interested in undertaking a range of Ako Aotearoa courses, as well as two unit standards for designing, evaluating and moderating assessments. The courses will support Anne in career development and her ability to continue supporting her team.
Emma Packham (University of Waikato)
Emma lectures across a range of papers in the Bachelor of Teaching degree, including Professional Practice, Literacy Education and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. She is currently completing her Master of Education and plans to commence her three-paper thesis in 2024. As a Pacific Teaching Fellow, this Master’s degree is crucial in developing her teaching and leadership skills, and will support her aspirations to continue study at PhD level.
Joel Ali (Careerforce)
Joel is an Apprentice Advisor who provides learning and assessment support and pastoral care to apprentices, as well as targeted support to Pasifika learners. Joel plans to study towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Educational Leadership in 2024. As an aspiring Pasifika leader and vocational educator, this will contribute to his career development, enhance pedagogy, and improve support for Pasifika learners.
Rosemary Anderson (NorthTec)
Rosemary is working towards a Masters in Māori and Indigenous Leadership, which she currently completes outside of her fulltime position as a Kaiako for Health and Wellbeing. Rosemary is undertaking such study to support a plan to bring a new Bachelor of Applied Social Work to the Northland, thus creating educational opportunities for whānau, hapū and iwi. With the right support and qualifications, Rosemary will help lead the new degree in 2025.
Sashi Jeffries (Real World Education)
Sashi is a Coordinator of Micro-credential Programmes with extensive laboratory experience, both commercially and in tertiary education. She wishes to attend four intensive training courses provided by the Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand. This would complement her current upskilling to support two new metrology programmes within the Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science.
Congratulations to all recipients for this achievement, and we look forward to hearing a progress update in the future.