Dr Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching – Kaupapa Māori category

Professor of Māori Research, University of Canterbury

“My approach to leadership has at its goal, the advancement of exemplary tertiary education teaching.”

Angus MacFarlane doesn’t just teach culturally inclusive pedagogies, he has modelled them from the beginning of his tertiary teaching career in 1995. His teaching is founded on four elements of professional practice; dedication to the advancement of kaupapa Māori perspectives, tikanga and reo, demonstrating leadership, development of teaching pathways, and contribution to Māori, iwi and commun­­ities. Angus is a champion of sharing good practice. A colleague writes, “His collegiality identifies him as a person who shares willingly his mātauranga Māori...this extends to the communities of Ōtautahi and his own tūrangawaewae, Te Arawa.”

Manaakitanga and whanaungatanga are key principles of Angus’s teaching and his rare ability to quickly form mutually beneficial relationships with his learners completes the skillset that distinguishes Angus as an excellent teacher and leader. 

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Dr Angus McFarlane - Recipient of a 2015 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award