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Lecture Series 2022

June 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - March 8, 2023 @ 9:00 pm


These events will go ahead under all traffic light settings. All guidelines from the Ministry of Health will be followed, including limited numbers of attendees and social distancing.
Face masks will be required.

Monthly lectures,  from 7:00pm-9:00pm


For lectures held in-person, they will be at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus, Room J-101 (Duncan McGhie Lecture Theatre)

Parking info: Gate 3 (74 Epsom Avenue) – this is parking in front of A block which is adjacent to J block; If Gate 3 is full, try Gate 2 (76 Epsom Avenue) takes you into the multi-level carpark.

Forest Farm Adventures: A vertical experience

Presented by Catalina Thompson, Greerton Early Learning Centre

8 June, 7-9pm

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio Mā te mōhio, ka mārama Mā te mārama, ka mātau Mā te mātau, ka ora. Through perception comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, and through knowledge comes well-being. As small feet wander, great minds wonder….and because Papatūānuku offers an infinite reservoir of possibilities for questions, answers and new discoveries, it is imperative we take our mokopuna in the ngāhere.

This lecture unpacks the diverse threads of learning kaiako and tamariki at Greerton Early Learning Centre embark on every time seatbelts are buckled in, ready for adventure. This learning, which challenges assumptions and conventional thinking, is thoughtfully documented inside learning stories that empower mokopuna to constantly stretch themselves and build strong, positive images of self.

“We can play anything where there is nothing…but nature” (child’s voice quoted in Pennie Brownlee – “The Sacred Urge to Play”)

Love in Action through the lens of the Educaring® approach

Presented by Elena Marouchos, The Learning Centre, Auckland

MONDAY 20 June, 7-9pm

“To care is to put love in action”-  Magda Gerber.   During this session we explore some of the ways children experience our love through the lens of the Educaring® Approach.  We revisit some of the RIE® principles, touch on how love and limits are intertwined with the art of respectful care that leaves infants with the lingering feeling of being loved.

Learning stories and their relationship to learner identities.


Presented by Lorraine Sands, Educational Leadership Project

13 July, 7-9pm

Learning happens in a dispositional milieu that strengthens or weakens a learner’s ability to navigate a complex world (Claxton & Carr (2004). A local curriculum that is intentionally designed to nurture children’s identities as life long learners is critically important. This presentation draws on the contributions of children, families and teachers, in an early learning setting to deepen an understanding of the ways sharing thoughtfully written learning stories contributes to children’s learning identities. This presentation considers the importance of taking a dynamic dispositional perspective as teachers track children’s learning progress and consider ways the whole community might strengthen each child’s learning.

Maramataka and Māori measures of time

Presented by Emma Parangi, Educational Leadership Project

10 August, 7-9pm

Tohunga of Māori astrological knowledge, Dr. Rangi Matamua says ‘Time is one of our biggest colonisers’. Many of us are beginning a decolonising journey in order to commit to Tiriti centred ways of being as kaiako and leaders of early childhood education in Aotearoa.
This wānanga will examine the concept of time through the lens of one kaiako Māori. Using maramataka, the lunar calendar, as a foundation we will explore how deepening our understanding of an ao Māori perspective of time can bring us closer to Tiriti centred practice and tikanga for ourselves and the communities we serve.

Walk softly on the earth: Sustainability in ECE

Presented by Gayle Croft, Tiaki

14 September, 7-9pm

Humans are the only species on the planet that don’t live by zero waste principles. The natural world does not create waste. Everything at the end of its life, whether it’s a plant or animal, becomes part of another system. A dead insect becomes kai for another insect, a tree that falls in the bush rots and provides nutrients to the earth for new growth. Everything in nature is part of a closed, continuous, endless cycle.

Human society on the other hand has a take, make, and dispose mentality, and every day we create and dispose of vast quantities of waste. Things must change. We cannot continue to use and then throw things ‘away’, because ‘away’ does not exist. Our waste does not magically disappear when it leaves our sight – It is buried in Papatūānuku, and it is making her sick.

This lecture will take invite you to look closely at sustainable practices in ECE and share examples of how these can become an integral part of your local curriculum. More specifically I will share the experiences of Tiaki, a small privately owned early learning centre nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua , just a stones throw away from Ōwhata Marae. A place that gave children green, natural spaces to play in, and that connected them with both the natural world and the rich and unique culture of the community we live in. The word Tiaki means to ‘care, protect and look after’. It is a name that was chosen for us by the local hapū Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi. One of our overarching philosophies is to ‘walk softly on the earth’ and this kaupapa is reflected in many aspects of the programme.

The wonderous life of infants & toddlers

Presented by Anita Homewood, Educational Leadership Project

12 October, 7-9pm

In all my years working with infants and toddlers, they have never ceased to amaze me, surprise me, challenge me.
They are indeed wondrous, wonderful, wonder-filled. It is this inborn sense of wonder, of curiosity, that drives infants and toddlers to make sense of their world. We will look at ways in which we can create opportunities for infants and toddlers to explore, discover and learn. We will look at new research and reflect on how it might change our ways of being with our youngest learners.

Amplifying child and whānau voice in assessment

Presented by Roberta Skeoch, Educational Leadership Project

9 November, 7-9pm

Finding ways to authentically include tamariki and whānau voice in assessment is an ongoing challenge faced by many kaiako and early childhood education centres across our motu. Trissessment (Ngā reo e toru) is an Assessment for Learning tool that is based on the traditional Māori speechmaking protocol Tau-utuutu, predominantly used on marae throughout Te Arawa and Tainui regions. Trissessment grew from working closely with a group of 4-6year old tamariki in an Early Learning Centre in Rotorua. The initial pilot showed such great promise it became the focus of a Ministry of Education Teacher-led Innovation Fund research project.
This lecture will outline the Trissessment process and share some of the key findings from the project, with a particular focus on amplifying tamariki and whānau voice in assessment.


Wisdom from ngā atua Māori

Presented by Maria Sydney, Educational Leadership Project


Ko wai ngā tamariki o Ranginui me Papatuānuku? Who are the children of Ranginui and Papatuānuku? We know of Tānemahuta, atua of the forest. We know of his brother Tawhiritmātea, atua of the winds and storms. But were there others? As kaiako strengthening our connections to ngā atua Māori helps us to build our understanding of mana atuatanga/wellbeing. Reconnecting back to these stories and wisdom is pertinent to understanding the concept of mana, that every person is born with. Join me in a waananga centred on exploring some of the narratives and pūrakau of ngā atua Māori. Learn ways to deepen your relationship with this mātauranga as we consider ways of incorporating this knowledge into our everyday practice.

I am a seed born of greatness | E kore au e ngaro, he kākano ahau i ruia mai i rangiātea


Presented by Lynn Rupe, Educational Leadership Project

13 April, 7-9pm

How do we know we are a seed born of greatness? It is through the stories that have been told from generation to generation. It is these stories that hold the aspirations of the whānau. It is inside these carefully crafted stories that we find ourselves, our identity, our connection. Yet in ECE we often ask whānau to fill in an ‘About Me’ sheet that does not acknowledge the richness of the story or connection to the tīpuna that have gone before the tamaiti that is standing in front of us. Te Whāriki says, “It is important that kaiako develop meaningful relationships with whānau and that they respect their aspirations for their children.” Accomplishing this hinges on these words – ‘develop meaningful relationships’. The question then is: Does an ‘about me’ sheet build on this idea or is there another way to view our commitment to respecting whānau hopes and aspirations?


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Catalina Thompson - 8 June - ONLINE
$ 45.00
Elena Marouchos - 20 June ONLINE
$ 45.00
Lorraine Sands - 13 July - ONLINE
$ 45.00
Emma Parangi - 10 August
$ 45.00
Gayle Croft - 14 September
$ 45.00
Anita Homewood - 12 October
$ 45.00
Roberta Skeoch - 9 November
$ 45.00


June 8 @ 7:00 pm
March 8, 2023 @ 9:00 pm