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A second Enhancement Theme Symposium was held on Wednesday 1st November 2019, at Massey University's Pukeahu Campus in Wellington.

The Symposium provided an opportunity for members of university senior leadership teams, academics, professional staff and students, engaged with the topic of the theme - access, outcomes and opportunities for Māori students and for Pasifika students - to share and critique initiatives and approaches. Comprised of Plenary Sessions and Workshops, the Symposium focused on sharing experience, considering what could be achieved and exploring the impact of doing things differently.


Following the Symposium, each university will utilise the experience and report from the Symposium as appropriate to their individual approaches and priorities in their own enhancement theme plans.  It will also contribute to Te Kāhui Amokura and Komiti Pasifika workstreams as well as the Enhancement Theme objective of being “explicit and transparent about how NZ universities are working together to progress parity in access, outcomes and opportunities for Māori learners and for Pasifika learners”.  


The topic for the Symposium was ‘Evidence and Evaluation’

and the objectives for the Symposium were to:

1.     Learn about current research and practice in evaluating initiatives

        from Māori perspectives and from Pasifika perspectives

2.     Share models, approaches and challenges 

3.     Develop principles and frameworks for evaluation 



Keynote Speakers


Dr Chelsea Grootveld (Ngai Tai, Ngāti Porou, Whānau-a-Apanui, Whakatōhea) is an experienced kaupapa Māori researcher and evaluator with almost 20 years’ public sector experience working as a public servant and consultant. In 2013, Chelsea graduated with a PhD in Education from Victoria University of Wellington, and established Aiko — an indigenous consultancy specialising in kaupapa Māori research and evaluation. Aiko delivers to a range of public sector, Iwi and NGO clients.


Dr Cheri Chu-Fuluifaga is a trainer-facilitator and senior lecturer.  She has a particular research interest in mentoring and leadership in Pasifika contexts. Cheri established the highly successful Victoria University of Wellington Humanities and Commerce mentoring programme in 2000. Since 2004, she has been involved in delivering leadership training for Victoria University of Wellington Pasifika students, including NZAID scholarship students. Having extensive networks with Pasifika students, staff (general and academic) in tertiary education and she convenes a leadership network and leadership cluster group for Pasifika students.

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