Melanie Cottingham

Melanie Cottingham

Teaching Fellow / Professional Experience Coordinator Tauranga

Qualifications: Grad Dip Tchg (Prim), BMS

About Melanie

Ko Newcastle upon Tyne, Engarani, ko Moutere o Niue ōku iwi.

Ko St Johns Chapel, ko Alofi, ko Hakupu ōku hapū.

Ko Te Moana Nui a Kiwa te moana.

Ko Tyne te awa.

Ko Cottingham rāua ko Talagi ōku whānau.

My passion in Pacific education is shaped by my schooling experience.  I began primary school in Rarotonga then Wellington.  I boarded at a Wairarapa girls college and traveled to Tuvalu for Christmas holidays.  I attended university and travelled to Niue for Christmas holidays.

I am a 2020-2021 Summer Research Scholarship Programme recipient, beginning research on phase one of the project, “The Impact of Masters and Doctoral Research from the University of Waikato on Pacific Communities” which identified 60 Pacific Masters and Doctoral theses with only one using Talanoa, a Pacific research methodology.

In 2020 I was the recipient of a Ministry of Education Study Scholarship to study my Master of Education after spending seven years in mainstream and reorua settings.

Prior to teaching, using my BMS, I held management positions in the public and private sector.  This experience has aided me in co-founding and chairing Pasifika in the Bay Trust.  The Trusts purpose is Education Excellence for Pacific Children. The Trust delivers the following programmes:

  • The Pasifika Festival in the Bay that celebrates Pacific identity, language and culture.
  • Talanoa Ako which is an education programme for parents of Pacific children.
  • The Homo Haaia Homework Hub that supports Pacific college students by engaging with curriculum subject teachers.
  • The Rising Hibiscus Pasifika Programme.  A programme that provides a leadership platform for Pacific girls to host Maaori and Pacific women leaders as speakers.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised