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Pania Te Maro PGDip, BA, PhDEd

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

Associate Director Maori

CoHSS - Deputy PVC's Office

My teaching career began in 1992 in a bilingual class, and carried on to teaching in rūmaki units, kōhanga reo, kura and wharekura. My tertiary teaching career began at Victoria University where I spent eight years mainly focusing on maths education and education for Māori. I moved to Massey University after spending six and a half years lecturing in teacher education at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, some masters classes, and some adult numeracy and te reo Māori teaching for bridging-to-nursing students. My main focus at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi was teaching Pāngarau/maths and integration of curriculum area teaching and learning that centralises kaupapa and mātauranga Māori.  
My PhD explored the relationships that kura communities have with mathematics education with a view to ensuring that kura have emancipated decision-making power to determine how kaupapa and mātauranga Māori are equitably privileged with kaupapa and mātauranga mathematics.

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga, Ko Waiapu te Awa, Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi, Ko te Whānau a Pōkai te Hapū, Ko Te Kapa o Hinekōpeka te Tūrangawaewae, Ko Pōkai te Marae, Ko Pōhatu te Wharekai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā rā tātou katoa.

My main accomplishments to-date are my five children and (so far) eight mokopuna.

I am a senior lecturer/researcher in education with a main focus on mathematics education in relation to kaupapa and mātauranga Māori in kura. 

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Contact details

  • Ph: 84459
    Location: 4.08, Collinson Village
    Campus: Tiritea


  • Postgraduate diploma - Victoria University (2013)
  • Bachelor - University of Canterbury (2002)
  • doctor of Philosophy - Education - Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (2019)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Critical mathematics for indigenous cultures

Leadership in Māori education

Literacy and numeracy for adult learners

Kaupapa and mātauranga Māori for education

Critique of curriculum and governing bodies

Critique of assessment and disciplining, judging and governing bodies

Research Opportunities

  • Ubiquitous app for adult numeracy learners  (28/02/2019) An app will be developed and tested collaboratively with adult students to ensure that a sustainable numeracy learning model and tool are developed.
  • Equitable privileging of kaupapa and mātauranga Māori with kaupapa and mātauranga maths  (04/06/2019) Seeing how kura kids recognise and focus on the Māori in a topic alongside recognising and focusing on the mathematics.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303): Education Systems (130100): Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples) (130307): Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori Primary Education) (130104): Maori Education (excl. Early Childhood and Primary Education) (130310): Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313): Technical, Further and Workplace Education (130108)


Teaching and learning of mathematics and maths education for Māori immersion schools. 

Mātauranga and kaupapa Māori in relation to Māori education.

Critical mathematics.

Adult literacy and numeracy.

Research Outputs


Te Maro, P. (2018). Mai i ngā rā o mua. Dialectical and knowledge-power relations in the interactions of kura and maths education.. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Te Maro, P.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Māori
    Last used: Today
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Cherie Te Rore - Doctor of Philosophy
    Personal narrative in foundation studies: Lived experience, Mātauranga Māori, social media and adult education
  • Jeanette Hastie - Doctor of Philosophy
    Autism and indigenous values of diversity

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