Lynne Harata Te Aika

Lynne Harata Te Aika


Lynne Harata Te Aika holds positions as Kaiārahi, Māori and Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury where she is the Kaiārahi for the Māori College of Education and Strategic Leader of Māori Strategy, a College of Education Executive Member and Adviser for Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori as well as a course coordinator

She was awarded a Master of Arts (Honours) and a Graduate in Diploma Māori and Bilingual Education from the University of Waikato as well as a Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo – Institute of Excellence in Te Reo Māori.

Her background is in teaching and research relating to te reo Māori, bilingual and immersion education, indigenous education, treaty education and tribal education, Māori development and capacity building activities and she has experience in early childhood education as an ECE licensee, with teaching experience in primary, secondary and tertiary education and membership of a range of groups, committees and boards – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kotahi Mano Kāika Language Planning Advisory Committee, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu educational strategic leader, Chairperson Te Ngāi Tūahuriri Education Committee, Chairperson Tuahiwi School Board of Trustees, Programme developer for Hoaka Pounamu: Post Graduate Diploma in Māori and Bilingual Education, Māori Advisory Committee Canterbury Museum. Lynne is also a composer of waiata and writer of resources in te reo Māori.

Lynne’s research interests are primarily in the area of Māori education, including all aspects of te reo Maori, bilingual and immersion education from birth, early childhood and compulsory schooling to tertiary and lifelong learning. She is also interested in indigenous education and providing for the needs of diverse learners and has led and been involved in Ngāi Tahu tribal education and te reo initiatives over the past ten years. Lynne is involved in pan-tribal education initiatives at the local, regional and national level as well as developing links with indigenous communities in Pacific Rim countries.

Lynne is currently working on language and cultural documentation projects with six Ngāi Tahu Rūnanga Communities producing resources in te reo Māori of significance to those rūnanga.