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The NZCER Board

The Board of NZCER consists of five elected members and one member appointed by the Minister of Education. The Board, as it sees fit, can co-opt up to three additional people to be members of the Council.

Board members are appointed for terms of 4 years. Every 2 years, two or three of the five elected Board members will complete their term. An electoral college, convened from the sector, nominates and elects members (see side-bar for details). Retiring members may stand for re-election.

The Board represents a wide cross section of education interests. It helps identify key educational issues and stakeholder needs and provides a strategic focus for NZCER. The NZCER Board Policies guide the Board's work.

Board members

Consultant, NZCER Board Chairperson

Fiona affiliates to Ngai Tahu iwi with whakapapa links across the Ngai Tahu rohe, though she identifies Arowhenua as her whānau home.

She is an Executive Leader with extensive experience in governance roles in the health sector, government agencies, community NGO, local iwi and runanga. She is currently on the Board of an iwi development organisation, several health education and workforce training organisations, and the NZ Parole Board.

Education Researcher and Consultant, NZCER Board Deputy Chairperson, Audit and Risk Committee Chairperson

Dr Vicki Carpenter is a second term elected Council member of NZCER. Vicki is a registered teacher with many years’ teaching and leadership experience, mainly in schools in low income areas. 

Until recently, Vicki taught in the Sociology of Education in Teacher Education at the University of Auckland. Co-editor of five books, and has numerous research-based publications. Monitor of Teacher Education programmes for the Education Council. 

Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Lexie has enjoyed a long career in education and has held a number of senior leadership positions in the compulsory and tertiary education sectors.  She gained wide knowledge of Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education through being responsible for the University of Auckland’s teacher education programmes for many years and throughout her work with the former New Zealand Teachers Council. 

Principal, Fairburn School, Auckland

Frances joined the NZCER Board in October 2014. Currently, she is the principal at Fairburn Primary School, a large multi-cultural decile 1 school in Otahuhu Auckland. She is a “career teacher/principal” and has worked in a range of schools across a variety of deciles. Frances has been a principal in six primary schools in the Auckland/North Auckland regions.

Ernst & Young

Grant is the Office Managing Partner at Ernst & Young Wellington.  He specialises in providing pragmatic financial management and assurance related advice to clients in a variety of sectors including Private Equity, Financial Services, Listed Corporate and Public sector entities.

Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Mere is currently a Senior Lecturer in initial teacher education, Victoria University of Wellington. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the regeneration of te reo.  Her reflective practice has been around the mechanics of regeneration in Kōhanga Reo (language nests) and young children’s conceptual development relating to their indigeneity. 

Kaihere Kaupapa Kounga (National Advisor—Quality of the kaupapa) Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust

Arapera Royal Tangaere is of Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa and Kaitahu descent. 

She has been involved in early childhood since 1975 and was the Director of the School of Early Childhood Education at the Auckland College of Education in the 1990s.

Arapera has been with Te Kōhanga Reo since 1982 and joined the kōhanga national office in 1995.  She is a strong advocate for empowering all children and particularly Māori children and their whānau in life achievements and in their own learning and development. She  joined the NZCER board in October 2017.

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Massey University

Dr Jodie Hunter is currently a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Pasifika education, Massey University. She is passionate about developing culturally responsive teaching for Pasifika students in mathematics classrooms and co-leads a professional learning and development research project entitled “Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities”. This work involves working closely with schools and in classrooms with teachers to support a shift in pedagogical practices to better serve the diverse learners that comprise classrooms.