Assoc Prof Sandy Morrison

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rarua, Te Arawa

Qualifications: BA Waikato, PGDipMPD Waikato, MMPD Waikato, CertCrim Wellington

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Acting Dean

Research Interests

Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ Treaty of Waitangi; Adult education; Participatory training processes; Indigenous development issues.


Nō Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto; Ngāti Rārua ki te Tau Ihu, Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu ahau. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Sandy is self-described as tribally grounded, globally informed and whānau tested against the everyday realities in which whānau exist.

From an international perspective, from 2004-2008, Sandy served as President of the Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education (ASPBAE), the largest non-government organisation on adult education in the world. This international experience gave her unique exposure to the diverse communities of Asia-Pacific

She was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame by the University of Oklahoma in 2009. Entry into this illustrious grouping is rigorous and requires the candidate to be eminently distinguished in the profession, to have brought honour or distinction, and to have contributed to the heritage of adult and continuing education.

Her citation read: “An exemplary model of an adult educator, Sandy is able to serve as a bridge between the indigenous world and the mainstream world. Her distinctiveness as an indigenous woman also means that she makes visible indigenous realities to many people who have limited knowledge and experience on indigenous issues and she does so in a manner that is conducive to sound adult learning principles.”

Sandy employs a strengths-based approach to teaching which seeks to promote students’ critical engagement with historical discourses, social and cultural meanings, and power relations. She believes every student brings a range of experiences, ancestral knowledge, memory and insights into the teaching space. These are honoured, and provide the platform for building knowledge, reflecting on knowledge and making knowledge relevant.

Her current position as the Acting Dean for the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies allows her to continue to challenge the thinkers of tomorrow and concentrate on her research interests around Treaties, Adult Education and Indigenous Development.


Adult Education; Climate; Indigenous Education; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Development; Maori Development and Education; Maori Health; Maori Identity; Maori Research; Maori Women; Sustainability; Treaty of Waitangi

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