Exploring access and challenges for tertiary education in Tai Tokerau ACE Conference Presentation 2017In this workshop, Phil will outline a recently completed research project conducted by Te Matarau and NorthTec to identify the challenges and enablers to accessing higher education for learners in Tai Tokerau (Northland). The exciting outcome from this work is a highly practicable action plan, with clear strategies based around five priority domains: partnerships and stakeholder engagement; leadership; learners and graduates; staff capability; and Inclusive learning environments. Phil will explain this framework which will have many transferable applications for other community education providers.

Philip Alexander-Crawford (Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi, Ngati Rehia, Scottish and English) was born in Kaikohe, Tai Tokerau. His whānau value education highly and he has degrees in law and management, a Masters in Indigenous Studies and is completing a Masters in Professional Practice. His kaupapa includes helping change learning environments to work more effectively for a wider range of learners. He is presently Chief Executive of Te Matarau Education Trust which is a Tai Tokerau based iwi and hapü based education trust helping Māori and Pasifika into trades training.

Digital Navigators ACE Presentation 2017Lina is a great advocate for lifelong learning and a strong educator in literacy and ACE. She is multilingual, and rightly claims her greatest achievement as being mother to 23 year old daughter Jessica (Sika). She holds the tulafale-ali’i matai/orator speaking chief title of “Tuiloma” from her mother’s village Sapunaoa, Falealili, Samoa and is proficient in the Samoan, Te Reo Māori, Tongan, French and English languages.

In her workshop, Lina will share the work she is completing for her PhD through Massey University’s Whāriki/SHORE Research Centre, the School of Public Health. Her thesis is entitled: Digital Navigators – how young Pasifika adults are navigating the new millennium on Facebook.

Sorted ACE Conference Presentation 2017Presenter Rebecca Cameron-Turner will provide background on the work the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) is doing in schools, communities and workplaces and outline the Sorted tools and resources. Rachel Hill from Buller REAP will then share a practical example of how she delivers the Sorted seminars in a range of contexts in her West Coast community.

Rebecca is responsible for the scale up and roll out of the Commission’s long term behaviour change programmes nationally, which includes; working with organisations to embed financial capability into workplace wellbeing, national scale project implementation, quality assurance of programme design and delivery and cross-government collaboration. She oversees the programme delivery team responsible for workplace programme content design, programme logistics, client relationship management, facilitator management, recruitment, training and QA.

Rachel is well known to the ACE Sector. She is Adult and Community Education (ACE) Coordinator with Buller REAP and has been active in her region across a range of networks, events and projects including Adult Learners’ Week/He Tangata Mātauranga.

Whanganui Learning Centre ACE ConferenceThe Whanganui Learning Centre team brings skills and experience from the fields of community development, adult and community education, educational leadership, and research and evaluation. It is a multiple award winner and a Category One NZQA registered Training Provider. The mission of the Whanganui Learning Centre Trust is to work from a holistic and flax-roots model of development where the learner and communities drive their own development.

Those presenting include: Victoria Campbell, an educator and designer with extensive experience in the tertiary education sector in New Zealand and the Middle East; Deb Hill, an academic researcher and educator with experience across all levels of education; Kellee Bartlett, a driver of flax-roots development in community and Gail Harrison, a community developer and educator. The group will be supported by Rihi Ponga, a member of the WLC team.

In this workshop, you will be an active participant in the examination of assumptions, mind-sets and traditional models of learning and development. You will interact with the team who will share an approach to working with people to affect change from within. The team will give you tools to work with by examining specific cases and reflecting on teaching, learning and development practice.

AKAU ACE Conference Presentation 2017Ana Heremaia is an interior architect, experienced in the community engagement aspect of the design process. Whānau drew Ana back from London and Melbourne to New Zealand and with both of her parents buried in Ngawha, Ana’s heart is most definitely in the far North.

ĀKAU means where the land meets the water – a place of transition. Ana and the two other young women who established ĀKAU in Kaikohe have created a model of ACE that while ticking all the boxes in terms of good practice, is operating in an entirely new context: a professional architectural and interior design studio that provides disengaged young people with a no cost opportunity to learn, using a hands-on approach to design real projects. They also won the ACE Aotearoa Annual Award 2016 for Programme of the Year.