Keynote Speakers

Deborah Wood

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Deputy Chief Executive Evaluation and Review Māori
Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

Deborah has worked across many aspects of ERO including school/kura evaluation, system research, resource development and methodology and professional practice. In a prior role, Manager Evaluation Research and Methodology – Māori, Deborah led foundational research and resource work within Te Tāhū Whare.

This includes system evaluation on behalf of other agencies to drive their decision making, and our own body of work building the knowledge base relating to Māori learner success including Nihinihi Whenua and Te Kura Huanui.

Joce Nuttall

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Executive Dean - Education
University of Canterbury

Areas of expertise: initial and continuing teacher education; teacher educators’ work; leadership and inter-professional work in early childhood education; cultural-historical activity theory; qualitative research methodologies.


Dr Simon Breakspear

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Simon is a researcher, advisor and speaker on educational leadership, policy and change. Simon develops frameworks and tools that make evidence-based ideas actionable and easy to understand. Over the last decade his capability building work has given him the opportunity to work with over 100,000 educators across more than 10 countries.

Simon is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at UNSW. He serves as an advisor to the NSW Department of Education and sits on an expert steering committee for the Australia Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Simon received his BPsych (Hons) from UNSW, his MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford and his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher.

Jacoba Matapo

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Jacoba has ancestral ties to Siumu Samoa and Leiden Holland. She is the first Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at Auckland University of Technology. She is an Associate Professor in Pacific Early Childhood Education with over 15 years of experience in educational leadership, spanning ITE programme leadership, University leadership and leadership in ECE. She has led key Pasifika education projects, anchoring Pacific philosophy and pedagogies for learner success. Her work advocates for the value of Pacific indigenous knowledge systems in education and the possibilities of transformation through relational ecologies, story-telling and the art of embodied literacies.