Tammy Gardiner

Meet Tammy Gardiner, Acting Director at Te Whai Toi Tangata: Institute of Professional Learning.


Acting Director




  • MOE Accredited 
  • English Medium Accredited 
  • Maori Medium Accredited 


  • Aromatawai
  • Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako
  • Cultural Capability
  • Digital Fluency Curriculum
  • Embedding language, culture and identity
  • Engaging whānau and communities
  • Enhancing student agency
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Lifting student achievement
  • Literacy and Te Reo Matatini
  • Localised curriculum
  • Māori Medium
  • Mathematics and Pāngarau
  • Pakirehua
  • Te Ara Reo Māori
  • Te Reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori


Current academic study: EdD, The University of Waikato (2016)

Current research interests: indigenous frameworks of teaching/learning, inquiry from a Māori perspective and connecting teaching and learning to the Māori world.

2011 Master of Management Studies (Hons) from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

1996 Bachelor of Māori Education from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

1995 DipTchg from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

My Experience

Leadership positions, including Special Education Needs Coordinator, Deputy Principal, Acting Principal, and 20 years of experience within the Māori medium education sector have all contributed to a wealth of knowledge in education.

I am a facilitator supporting the pāngarau provision where current research and theory on teaching and student learning continues to influence my professional practice to focus on Māori success as Māori.