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Philip (Piripi) Prendergast

Programme Leader: Mau Ki Te Ako

Piripi brings over 30 years of experience in education, teaching English and history in Māori medium programmes. Piripi’s role involves supporting facilitators, teachers and school leaders on their cultural responsiveness journey. He is also part of a team providing training for new teachers.

Piripi brings over 30 years of experience in education, teaching English and history in Māori medium programmes. Piripi’s role involves supporting facilitators, teachers and school leaders on their cultural responsiveness journey. He is also part of a team providing training for new teachers.

As a teacher, one of Piripi’s career highlights was taking a school kapahaka group to tour Sri Lanka during a brief truce in the civil war. The risk management form included scenarios such as land mines and snakes! The aim was to grow young leaders by placing them outside their comfort zone. It certainly achieved that and the young leaders (and teachers) loved it! Another highlight was listening to  a young Ngāi Tahu student  talk about his journey to New York  to address the United Nations World Conference on Children and how, when world leaders didn’t appear to be listening, he sat until the silence was uncomfortable, then woke them all up with a rousing haka. Ka mau te wehi!