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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

  • 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)
  • Team Award for College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award - Massey University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2013)
  • Awarded the Pasifika-Rotary Academic Excellence Award as the top Pasifika student in 2007. This was awarded for the PhD thesis examination with no emendations. The award also named me as "a role model student and staff member for the Pasifika community". From: Rotary - (2008)
  • A research paper I wrote titled "Facilitating communities of mathematical inquiry" was the winner of the prestigious MERGA Practical Implications Award. The paper was published in full in the conference proceedings and I was invited to present the paper as a plenary address at the conference. This resulted in 5 invitations to present keynotes at Mathematics conference in New Zealand. From: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - (2008)
  • I was awarded the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers 'NZAMT Bevan Werry Memorial Speaker award on 28/09/2007. This important New Zealand award was presented in recognition of my wide ranging work in mathematics within the research community and practitioners including teachers, and students. From: New Zealand Association of mathematics Teachers - (2007)
  • Awarded the prestigious New Zealand Postgraduate Study Abroad Award to travel to Korea and disseminate the findings of my Doctoral Study at the international conference 'Psychology of Mathematics Education'. The award recognised the interest of the international community in the findings of the study and the value to New Zealand of these being shared. - (2007)
  • I was awarded the Early Career Research Award from the International Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) for the published conference research paper and presentation titled 'Structuring the talk towards mathematical inquiry'. - (2006)
  • Awarded the Harriet Jenkins Research Award in 2004 for sustained academic excellence and to support on-going research From: New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women - (2004)
  • I was awarded the Ministry of Education Pasifika Postgraduate Study Award for 2004. This prestigious award is given to one New Zealander of Pasifika origin annually. The recipient is awarded in recognition of adademic excellence and the future contribution to Pasifika research initiatives. This award resulted in me being asked to be on a Pasifika panel to set the guidelines for subsequent Best Evidence Synthesises, and to be an advisor on the BES in Mathematics/Pangarau. - (2004)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Project Leader 3 10

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 276.700 Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities
  • 276.785 Making Mathematics Accessible

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 0 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main 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

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - 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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