Selected Publications

Set, New Zealand Council for Education Research

Sea change: Designing curriculum for a bright and optimistic future’

He Whakaaro ano/Thought piece

I wrote the thought piece featured in a special edition of Set education journal, entitled, ‘Climate Change, Education and a sustainable future.’
This commentary focuses on the philosophical underpinnings that could guide a sea change in approaches to English-medium curricula in Aotearoa. Framed optimistically, it engages with the possibilities that exist for Pākehā to transform relationships with tangata whenua and this land through regenerative curriculum design.

NZAEE: Pūtātara and local curriculum design


I presented the ways in which Pūtātara could be utilised as a tool for local curriculum design within this webinar hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education. Robyn Stent and Sarah Griffiths from Ferguson Intermediate then spoke about the ways in which they utilise Pūtātara as a local curriculum tool.

Selected reading

I’m an informed optimist – influenced by and grateful for the incredible work of many others. Below, are just some of the research, writings and thoughts that inspire and guide me. I’ll try to update these regularly – and please send me your recommendations too!

Links to all the images are at the bottom of the page.

Currently listening to


Between the world and me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Imagining decolonisation – BWB texts
Thrive: the purpose of schools in a changing world, Valerie Hannon & Amelia Peterson
Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teaching of plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Creative Schools, Ken Robinson
The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy, Michael McCarthy
Matariki: the star of the year, Rangi Matamua
What’s Māori about Māori education? Wally Penetito
Five paths of student engagement, Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley
My Grandmothers’ hands: racialised trauma and the mending of our bodies and hearts, Rezmaa Menakem
The Good Ancestor: a radical prescription for longterm thinking, Roman Krznaric
Underland: a deep time journey, Robert Macfarlane
Retrosuburbia: a downshifters guide to a resilient future, David Holmgren
Celebrating the southern seasons: rituals for Aotearoa, Juliet Batten
Ngā Uruora, Geoff Park
This Pākehā life: an unsettled memoir, Alison Jones
Originals: how non-conformists move the world, Adam Grant
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire
Culture Counts: changing power relationships in education, Russell Bishop and Ted Glynn
The Edible Backyard: a practical guide to eating fruit and vegetables all year round, Kath Irvine
Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, Kate Raworth
Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, 5-Volume Set, Edited by Robin Wall Kimmerer, John Hausdoerffer, Gavin Van Horn

Listening to
Unlocking Us – Brene Brown
Good Ancestor Podcast – Layla F Saad
Ted Education
What comes after what comes next with James Shaw
On Being with Krista Tippett
NUKU women with Qiane Matata-Sipu
The Guilty Feminist with Deborah Frances-White
He Kākano Ahau: Urban and Māori
Where’s your head at? Conversations about education tomorrow
The Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzalez
The Audio Long Read from The Guardian
Tara Brach – meditations and mindful conversations