Doctor Rae Si'ilata

Ngati Raukawa, Tuhourangi, Fiji

Lecturer in Biliteracy-Pasifika at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland 
Rae's recent research interests centre on linguistically and culturally responsive teaching practice for Pasifika bilingual learners, identity construction in Māori-Pasifika whānau, and reciprocal home/school partnerships. Rae supports teachers to critically examine notions of power and success, and to value and utilise the language and cultural resources of whānau/aiga within classroom learning. Connection with whanau-based 'valued knowledge', language registers, and family culture is central to children's success at school.

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Professor Tania Ka’ai

Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu, Native Hawaiian, Cook Islands, Samoan

BEd Waik, MPhil Auck, PhD Waik, DipTchg, CertMDP Harvard
Director of Te Ipukarea |The National Māori Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura | The International Centre for Language Revitalisation 
Professor Ka'ai is the Director of Te Ipukarea | The National Māori Language Institute and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura | The International Centre for Language Revitalisation. Tania grew up in a family with a cultural landscape drawn from both a Māori and Pacific heritage and has a passion for minorities and the diversity of cultures. Involved in Te Kōhanga Reo for 30 years, and as an Indigenous university scholar, Tania is respected for her leadership and response to education focused on the preservation and revitalisation of te reo Māori. 

'Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori' | 'The language is the life force of the Māori world' 
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Associate Professor Susan Morton

BSc(Hons), Dip Teaching, MBChB, PhD, FAFPHM

Susan is an epidemiologist and a specialist in public health medicine. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Population Health where she is Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Research (He Ara ki Mua) and the Research Director of Growing Up in New Zealand, the contemporary longitudinal study of over 6000 children and their families.

I'm joining the conversation at the Summit because:
"I'm passionate about translating the knowledge gained from undertaking robust scientific research into innovative actions to improve health at a population level. In particular, to provide the best possible start to life for all children growing up in NZ today."

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Wendy Nelson

BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies, NZ Registered Nurse with 33 years’ experience in paediatrics.

Wendy has been part of the Brainwave team since 2007. She runs seminars for parents and professional groups as well as the Auckland Brainwave School Programme for students aged 12-18 years, educating our next generation. Wendy will be presenting an overview from Brainwave - setting the scene about how brain development, attachment and language weave together; and what the science says about interaction and talk shaping brains.

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Anne Purcell

Anne Purcell is a community-led development practitioner in Tāmaki, based at the Glen Innes Family Centre. As the HEART Movement parenting coordinator, Anne is working with the Tāmaki community on parent-led initiatives focused on wellbeing and healthy relationships. Her passion is working across disciplines in education, health and sustainable development. She has worked as a health improvement specialist and community-led development worker in the UK, Ireland and Aotearoa New Zealand. Anne’s family moved here nine years ago from the north west of England. For Anne, Tāmaki is where she has found strong personal connection and belonging, in the reciprocity of relationships and a collective approach to parenting that resonates with her Celtic roots in Ireland.