Mandy has over thirty years of experience in early childhood education and has been a teacher, professional manager, site manager, lecturer, professional development facilitator for an iwi, and a manager for increasing participation for the Ministry of Education. Mandy is passionate about learning and teaching in the early years with a particular interest in 'place based' education, child advocacy and supporting children living in poverty, enabling them to reach their potential.
Mandy believes that it is a universal right of all children to access early childhood education. She also works with the knowledge that the founding document of Aotearoa, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, is the crucial pathway for all children in Aotearoa to obtain educational success. Māori education development and Māori achievement in education underpins all her work.
- Increasing participation in ECE in low socio economic areas for Māori, Pasifika, Refugee and migrant children and their families.
- Child Advocacy
- Māori Education and achievement
- Iwi participation in education
Author of a Māori first word book series, two children’s books published and a teacher resource book.
I spent 28 years in the tribal lands of Tūwharetoa raising three children. I moved back to Te Matau a Maui the tribal lands of Ngāti Kahungunu four years ago to be close to my elderly parents. I now live in the coastal community of Te Awanga and am in my final year of completing a post graduate diploma in child advocacy.