Mr Karaitiana KM Tamatea

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Kaiurungi / Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: M.A.

Iwi: Waikato, Rongowhakaata, Aitanga a Māhaki

About Karaitiana

  • 2011 - current:    Matatū Aotearoa (Education Council) Monitor for ITE Māori medium programmes.
  • 2009 – current:   Kaiuringi of the Faculty of Education. Senior Management member and Mana whenua representative to the Dean.
  • 2008 - current:   Co-Chair of Ngāti Koroki Kahukura Iwi Trust.
  • 1983 - current:   Secondary school teacher in Bilingual and Māori medium programmes in English Medium  Secondary  settings.                        

    Lecturer in Māori Medium and Māori Education papers in Undergraduate, Primary and Secondary Graduate Diploma and Masters programmes.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Most of my papers are taught through the medium of te reo Māori, in the Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua (Masters in Education Māori medium), the Secondary Graduate Diploma and the Kākano Rua (Undergraduate Māori medium) programmes.

The TEPC763 and TEMB321 papers are delivered through the medium of English as they are papers in the Primary Graduate Diploma and third year Undergraduate programmes.

Recent Publications

  • Stewart, G., Tamatea, K., & Mika, C. (2015). Infinitely welcome Education pöwhiri and ethnic performativity. MAI Journal, 4(2), 91-103.

  • Tamatea, K., Hohepa, M., Hawera, N., & Heaton, S. (2015). Ngā kaiako mō āpōpō: Waiho mā te iwi e kōrero. Waikato Journal of Education, 20(2), 17-26. doi:10.15663/wje.v20i2.202

  • Tamatea, K., Heaton, S., Hohepa, M. K., & Hawera, N. (2014). Te Puni Rumaki – Strengthening Māori medium initial teacher education. In Te Kōhao o te Rangahau: Indigenous Research Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Open Access version:

  • Hawera, N., Hohepa, M., Tamatea, K., & Heaton, S. (2014). Te Puni Rumaki: Initial teacher education for Māori medium classrooms in Aotearoa. In Le Centre des Metiers d’Art, Papaeete, Tahiti.

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Education; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Education; Maori Governance; Maori Language; Maori Research; Teacher Education