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Prof Roberta Hunter PhD, MEd, DipEd, BEd

Professor of Pasifika Education Studies

Institute of Education



  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2008)
  • Master of Education - Massey University (2003)
  • Diploma in Education - Massey University (1997)
  • Bachelor of Education - Massey University (1988)

Prizes and Awards

  • Team Award for College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award - Massey University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2013)
  • Recipient of the Cook Islands Government Award of Acknowledgement of Excellence for Education Leadership in the Majorie Crocimbe and Don Jonassen category - Cook Islands Government (2015)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Project Leader 3 10

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 0 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Mary Rahiti - Doctor of Philosophy
    Optimal practices for effective school leadership in implementing evidence based projects
  • Kylie Smith - Doctor of Philosophy
    Student participation in school decision-making
  • Geny Leach - Doctor of Philosophy
    Students' positioning and status in primary school mathematics classrooms

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Samantha Heath - Doctor of Education
    Explaining nurses’ decisions to participate in a Professional Development and Recognition Programme: A mixed methods study

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Zaenal Abidin - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2017 - Aletha Van Vuuren - Doctor of Philosophy
    Factors Facilitating The Engagement In Learning of Pasifika Students At Intermediate School Level
  • 2012 - Lesley Dunn - Doctor of Philosophy
    Using a community of practice lens to examine interaction in inclusive early intervention programmes in New Zealand

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