Kelly-Anne Panapa

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Kelly-Anne Panapa

Director Māori Success and Equity

Kelly-Anne (Te Uri o Hau, Ngāti Whātua) was born and raised in Whangārei and acknowledges the privilege of having grown up close enough to have had her feet firmly planted on her maternal Grandfather’s marae – Ahikiwi in the kaihu valley, at the foot of the Tutamoe mountain range.

As a teenager, Kelly-Anne moved with her mum to Auckland where she has lived most of her adult life but enjoyed the change of pace when she and her whānau made Rotorua home in 2018.

She trained as a secondary school teacher and jumped ship to work in the tertiary education sector in 2008. Kelly-Anne joins NorthTec after having worked at Unitec in Auckland and Toi Ohomai in the Bay of Plenty in a range of roles, mainly focused on areas such as teaching and learning, learner success and Māori education. This experience fueled and informed her masters research focus where she developed a critical bicultural framework to support tiriti praxis and structural reform in the education sector.

Kelly-Anne has also worked for Te Pūkenga where she assisted with the development of its Learner Journey and Experience workstream. She really enjoyed that work as it focussed on strengthening tiriti praxis and ensuring ākonga and their whānau are at the centre of the Te Pūkenga blueprint.

Kelly-Anne enjoys a good laugh (sometimes even at her own expense), chocolate, cheese and wine but is most motivated by a vision that all learners enjoy equitable access and success in education and that Māori enjoy educational success - as Māori.