CORE's Team

Robyne Selbie

Facilitator — Te Toi Tupu NAPP


Contact details


P: (03) 379 6627

Region: Otago / Southland

Robyne Selbie

Professional profile

Robyne has had an extensive career in primary education in the Otago-Southland region, with
over 35 years experience in the sector. Before retiring in 2008, she held the position of Principal at Port Chalmers School for 15 years; she was a visiting lecturer in English, Technology and Art Education at the Dunedin College of Education and taught at George Street Normal School as a senior teacher, model classes.

Robyne has held senior roles in both Literacy and Principals Associations, and has been awarded a number of scholarships to further her work in these areas.

Robyne also has a particular interest in e-learning and acted as the director for the ICTPD cluster, Te Tai O Rapuwai.


  • Literacy education
  • New Zealand curriculum
  • Library and E-learning
  • Art Education
  • Principal leadership and mentoring

Professional memberships

  • Otago Primary Principals Executive (retired)
  • NZEI Principals’ Council (retired)
  • Leadership roles in NZ Reading Association (local and national)
  • Convenor 2009 National NZ Reading Association conference
  • National Executive of Heritage Roses NZ Society

Conference presentations

  • New Zealand Reading Association Conferences
  • Learning@Schools Rotorua 2008


  • OPPA Travelling Scholarship
  • NZRA Study and Travel Award
  • Otago University Visiting Fellow
  • Ministry of Education study award


  • 2009 Masters Thesis: Quality Writing

Personal statement

I am passionate about providing the best teaching and learning environment possible for our students; the best role modelling and mentoring possible for our teachers and school leaders, and the provision of high quality professional development for the education sector.

I am very supportive of the 2010 NZ Curriculum and the direction it has set for the future. I have worked as a sector leader in the NZC implementation period for Otago schools (2007-2010) and as an adviser to schools in NZC. My special passion is literacy education; my thesis was on student writing.