Rawinia Everitt: 2020 Award for Educator of the Year Tangata Whenua

The 2020 ACE Aotearoa Annual Award for Educator of the Year Tangata Whenua has been awarded to Rawinia Everitt.

Former NZ Black Fern and Mystics Netball player Rawinia Everitt joined the Far North REAP ACE team in July 2018 and immediately made an impact with her infectious personality alone. In a very short time she established a women’s rugby programme and took it to levels that players from high risk and vulnerable backgrounds could never have dreamed of.

Rawinia combined her role as Coach of Te Rarawa Wahine Rugby with her mahi. This involved intensive mentoring, relationship building and gaining trust. Her learners flourished, some playing in the inaugural Northland Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Rugby team (and in line for Black Ferns selection), others finding employment, working in schools, coaching younger teams, completing umpiring certificates, giving back to their community and becoming role models in their own whānau.

Rawinia has an extraordinary way of instantly connecting and building relationships with learners of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. This creates a vibrant, positive, fun filled learning environment. She is an innovator who has built on whānau extending learning opportunities to the wider community of learners offering digital literacy, stitches to riches sewing, and empowering whanau health through kai, korero and connection.

Rawinia is a gifted educator who understands the importance of relationship building. She has skillfully combined her knowledge of the team environment with teaching and learning principles to create a unique education setting in her community.