Professor Mere A Berryman

Mere Berryman

Director of Poutama Pounamu

Qualifications: PhD, M Ed with first class honours, B Ed

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Iwi: Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whare

About Mere

In my work, I aim to challenge the pervasive and historical discourses that perpetuate educational disparities for Māori students and disrupt these through school leadership and reform initiatives. In my research, I combine understandings from kaupapa Māori and critical theories and I have published widely in this field. In 2016, I 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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Research Interests

Kaupapa Māori and Critical theories; Culturally Responsive Methodologies; Relational and Responsive inclusion; School and Home-community relationships; Cultural Relationships for Responsive Pedagogy.

Recent Publications

  • Berryman, M. (2020). Teacher-student relationships. In Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford Press. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199756810-0232

  • Townsend, T., Berryman, M., Gurr, D., & Drysdale, L. (2020). Leadership for learning in diverse settings: School leaders setting the agenda. In J. Hall, A. Lindorff, & P. Sammons (Eds.), International Perspectives in Educational Effectiveness Research (pp. 327-359). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-44810-3_12

  • Berryman, M. (2019). Lead to succeed: Relational and responsive inclusion. In Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Assistant and Deputy Principals’ Conference. Tauranga, New Zealand.

  • Berryman, M. (2019). Keynote: Poutama Pounamu vision for Māori in education 1980s to 2040. In Vision Ranginui, Iwi Symposium. Tauranga, New Zealand.

Find more research publications by Mere Berryman


Assessment and Evaluation in Education; Culture; Education; Education Policy; Education Research; Inclusive Education; Indigenous Education; Leadership; Learning and Education; Maori Development and Education; Reform in Education; Te Kotahitanga; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching and Learning

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Berryman, Prof Mere 3567 mere TCBD.4.03D Education, School of (SOE)
Berryman, Prof Mere 3567 mere TCBD.4.03D Poutama Pounamu

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