Topic: Education

Māori Tertiary Teachers awarded for excellence

By Heeni Brown

Dr Karyn Paringatai and Enoka Murphy have been presented awards for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori context at the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards held last night.

The winners receive $20,000 as part of their prize, and this year Dr Karyn Paringatai was selected to receive the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award which was worth an additional $10,000.

According to the organisers, Dr Paringatai is an exceptional teacher who has dedicated 12 years to teaching a wide range of learners from different cultures in the areas of Māori language, kaupapa Māori and Māori performing arts. Māori knowledge systems and philosophies are described as what is central to her world view. She also teaches performing arts to students at 3 levels, focusing on haka, poi and waiata.

Another exceptional talent awarded was Enoka Murphy, event organisers say he has taught for 25 years and describe him as an individual who demonstrates an unfailing commitment in achieving the highest standards in the Māori language, for all. He has worked in Kōhanga Reo, in theatre, he has also judged kapa haka and Manu Korero speech competitions.