Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities - Meet the Team
Position: Dean, Faculty of Health, Education and Humanities - Te Pakaro a Ihenga
Qualifications: Masters of Education (First Class Honours), University of Auckland;
Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching, University of Auckland;
Bachelor of Education, University of Auckland;
New Zealand Federation of Kindergarten Union Diploma, North Shore Teachers College;
Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Manukau Institute of Technology;
Member Institute of Management, New Zealand Institute of Management
Profile: Ruth has an extensive background in academic and senior management roles most recently being appointed as Dean of Te Pakaro a Ihenga: Faculty of Health Education and Humanities at Waiariki Institute of Technology.
Her passions include teacher education in early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors. She has also served on many advisory boards and external review panels, along with extensive experience as a monitor, external moderator and qualification developer. Ruth’s research interests include the provision of literacy in the classroom, professional practice, leadership and mentoring.
Position: Head of Department, Bicultural, Bridging and Foundation learning
Qualifications: Master of Arts, University of Waikato;
Post Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching, University of Waikato;
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), University of Waikato;
Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Maori, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa;
Certificate in Film and Television Technical Craft, Auckland Technical Institute;
Certificate in Adult Teaching, Waikato Polytechnic
Heddell (Dell) is of Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa descent and has had a lifelong involvement in tribal matters and tribal community projects. This is borne out of a passion for Te Reo me ōna Tikanga, instilled from his wider whānau. Dell has also been involved in the tertiary sector in various roles for over twenty years and still enjoys the challenges that this brings.This stems from a belief that all peoples have a right to quality education and that education has the power to transform lives and communities for the better.
Qualifications: Master of Indigenous Studies (First Class Honours), Awanuiārangi;
Bachelor of Māori Education, Awanuiārangi;
Diploma in Teaching, Awanuiārangi;
Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Waiariki Institute of Technology
Terry feels a great sense of pride to be in this position, within the district of his people, Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, and Ngāti Pūkaki. After many years away gathering knowledge about education and the importance of who you are, where you come from, and where you are going, Terry can now utilise this knowledge gained to create opportunities and understanding amongst those who choose to live and work within te rohe o Waiariki.
Terry knows that by taking on the challenges presented, and there are many, is part itself of the learning process, and it is this experience that helps us all look confidently to the future.
Position: Head of Department, Education, Social Science and Languages
Qualifications: Master of Education (Early Years) (Distinction), Massey University; Postgraduate Diploma of Education (Early Years) (Distinction), Massey University; Bachelor of Education, Auckland University, Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Auckland College of Education; Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Waiariki Institute of Technology; Short Award in Te Reo Maori, Waiariki Institute of Technology
Joanne believes in the transformative power of education to make a difference for the lives of individuals and families. She sees learning as a life long journey and enjoys being a part of the educational journey of both children and adults. Joanne’s research interests include early childhood transitions and literacy. These interests stem from her past experiences as a new entrant teacher and teaching in early childhood.
Position: Head of Department, Health and Sport
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Hons), PhD, University of Auckland;
Short Award in Adult Teaching, Waiariki Institute of Technology;
Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Massey University
Amanda comes from an industry background in health research and enthusiastically participates in off-road running events as a recreational athlete. Amanda is passionate about the power of both education and fitness to transform lives and through her role as HOD, aims to foster students potential by exposure to a world of possibility and opportunity.
Page last updated: 02 May 2017