Professor Berryman is one of five experts charged with undertaking the biggest review of the way the country’s schools are governed, managed and administered in 30 years.
With the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Education, her work focuses on challenging the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students. In 2016, she was a recipient of the New Zealand Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori in education.
The Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the Taskforce panel, saying the review could have significant implications for a wide range of New Zealand families. “That is why genuine and meaningful consultation is paramount, and I expect the Taskforce will spend the next few months gaining an understanding of our current system and engaging with all stakeholders on the themes and scope outlined in the Terms of Reference.”
The full panel is: Bali Haque (Chair), Barbara Ala’alatoa, Mere Berryman, John O’Neill and Cathy Wylie.
The Government says the Taskforce will also be supported and informed by a designated cross-sector advisory panel of about 30 members that will include representatives of teachers, principals, boards of trustees, the LGBTQIA+ community, parents of children with additional learning needs, employers and young people.
Members are due to report back to the Minister in November 2018, and their recommendations will form the basis for further public consultation in 2019.