Kimai Tocker - Doctor of Education Candidate

Kimai Tocker (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Waikato Maniapoto) is passionate about teaching and learning in te reo Māori.

“I began my teaching career in the rūmaki reo (total immersion unit) at Freemans Bay Primary School.

“Passionate about teaching and learning in te reo Māori, I moved to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Maungawhau and while teaching at the kura began studying part-time for a Masters degree in Education.

When I completed my masters I began teaching as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education and am presently studying for a Doctorate in Education (EdD). My thesis sets out to interrogate the ideas about ‘living as Māori’ that underpin the objectives of kura kaupapa Māori.”

A selection of graduates from the first kura kaupapa Māori in Auckland are being interviewed in order to develop a critical sense of what ‘living as Māori’ means in the modern world, and the effectiveness of the kura kaupapa Māori in helping them to meet this objective.