November 20, 2017
Education innovation rewarded
University of Canterbury academic Sonja Macfarlane from Ngati Waewae and Ngai Tahu has won the 2017 Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award for her contributions to Maori education.
The award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education acknowledged her major original contributions at national and international levels, which has has helped to improve policy development and service provision for Maori in the education, psychology, counselling and health fields.
Assoc Prof Macfarlane created Te Pikinga ki Runga, a framework for practitioners working with Maori tamariki and their whanau that has encouraged and facilitated the cultural responsiveness of schools and health services in their quest to address the needs of Maori learners.
Adjunct Professor Wally Penetito, who nominated her for the award, says she has given much to many others in the field of Maori research, producing an outstanding quantum of research, impressive projects, collaborations, esteem and outputs.
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