Closing remarks and karakia whakamutuka

Oonagh McGirr  – closing remarks
Ron Bull – karakia whakamutuka

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Speaker profiles

Oonagh McGirr is the Deputy Chief Executive for Learning and Teaching Services at Otago Polytechnic. Oonagh has considerable experience in strategic leadership for international tertiary education. She has worked in international tertiary education for nearly three decades in both public and private sector. She has established and led learning and teaching development, led on education strategy for multi-partner entities, devised, implemented and delivered staff development and upskilling programmes for higher education practice, and led on institutional Teaching and Learning accreditation and recognition.

She has led foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Modern Languages, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Education and Research in multidisciplinary settings at new and legacy tertiary education institutes in the UK, Europe the Middle East. Her research interests are the investigation of teacher identity in practice in higher education and the development of sustainable CPD frameworks for HE practitioners.

Ron Bull is a traditional indigenous food harvester from the Southern Coast of New Zealand.  His whakapapa includes Waitaha, Kati Mamoe and Kai Tahu, who have been involved in the harvesting preservation, preparation and sharing of food for many generations.  Their creation narratives make the specific links between people and the natural environment and therefore inform an innate knowledge and affinity to both the food and the land and sea that it comes from.

He draws on traditional knowledge systems to inform his teaching practice.  This includes language and concepts and how they are applied to practical situations as well as the socio-political conditions that inform identity.   He is very aware of how this fits with constructing his own identity, as a bicultural New Zealander from the South.

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Plenary sessions (Room Z114)
Oonagh McGirr and Ron Bull