Ms Sharon L Campbell

Sharon Campbell

Senior tutor

Qualifications: MM, BMS, PG DipT, DipT

Iwi: Whakatohea, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngaati Ruapani, Rongomaiwahine

About Sharon

'Titiro whakamuri, kia pai ai tō titiro whakamua' Reflect on the past to understand the present and navigate the pathway ahead!

As an experienced rumaki reo Māori teacher and principal in the Māori medium schooling sector within Aotearoa NZ. My philosophy considers holistic education underpinned by language, culture, practices and values enable on-going emancipation and transformation through education for whānau, hapu and iwi. My masters research considered strengthening whānau engagement and succession in Kura-ā-iwi. The transformative praxis integral within Maori medium supports the revitalisation of te reo me ōna tikanga. Having scoped doctoral studies in 2017, I will attend a Phd writing retreat at Hopuhopu in January 2018. The Kaupapa Māori theory and methodology will be integral in this doctoral research journey.

'Ehara taku toa he toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini'

Success is not the individuals alone, but that of many who have supported & influenced the journey!


A lifetime of experiences raised within rural Māori communities has and continues to influence the lens in she views the world. The innate connection to whānau (family), hapū (extended whānau) and iwi (tribe) and innate aspirations to contribute to the succession and wellbeing for Māori and by Māori is ongoing. Māori women in Educational Leadership and teaching is of particular interest. The opportunity to an interview school and programme leaders, students and parents within an Arareo Māori Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) in 2017 as an emerging researcher will be ongoing. This ILE initiative is facilitated by WMIER at the Te Kura Toi Tangata/ Faculty of Education.

Teaching interests include — Te Huarahi Arareo Māori/ Māori medium education, Māori curriculum, pedagogy and critical thinking.

Teaching Areas:

  • Te Arareo Māori/Māori Medium Education
  • Professional Practice and Inquiry
  • Postgraduate research supervision.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Recently co-supervised a Master of Educational Leadership student to complete a 2 paper dissertation. Based on her grades and marks across her masters degree enrolment, she qualifies to graduate with First Class Honours.

Research Interests

Attending the MAI Writing Retreat 23-29th January - Hopuhopu Hamilton, NZ. This will be the commencement of my doctoral studies, with the intention to enrol in the Education Doctorate for the 2018 July intake.

Completed Supervisions:


Tracy Hansen: ‘Whanau transformation through education: An exploration of the journey of students enrolled in He Korowai Akōnga Bachelor of Education (primary teaching) at Te Wananga o Aotearoa’. Completed 2015 (Honours).

Current Supervisions:


  • 1 student


  • 1 student

Current Co-Supervisions:

MEd: Arareo Māori (written in Te Reo Māori)

  • 5 students


History of Education; Lifelong Learning; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Development; Maori Development and Education; Maori Education; Maori Governance; Maori History; Maori Identity; Maori Language; Maori Research; Maori Women; Pedagogy; Poverty; Restorative Practices; Te Kotahitanga; Teacher Education; Teaching; Teaching Ethics and Professionalism; Treaty of Waitangi