Mary Moeke


Mary Moeke is of Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa Māori descent and currently works in Te Kura Mātauranga (the School of Education) at Te Pūkenga - Te Whare Takiura o Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand. Mary has been teaching for over 30 years, across all areas of the education sector. Her research portfolio shows a strong commitment to uphold Mātauranga Māori (knowledge and understanding that are Māori) in pursuit of mokopuna Māori (children who identify as Māori) having the best start to life and positive childhood experiences. As a result, her research interest has become more focused over time on reducing and eliminating child poverty by improving the professionalism and culturally responsive teaching practices within the early childhood sector that shift the social norms, challenge colonial practices, and encourage wealth creation growth and capability so that no one is left behind. Mary is currently working on a Framework for positive change that operates as a Māori/Crown partnership and is supported by the Government – the Ministry of Social Development.

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