Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou
I am a third generation Māori educationist. Public service and social justice are deeply embedded in my bloodlines. My passion inspires me to contribute to nation building, in innovative and creative ways, that are framed by Sir Apirana Ngata’s whakatauāki (proverb) “E tipu, e rea”. This proverb speaks to the possibilities of Treaty based models of change that create authentic transformation.
As an academic I specialized in Māori education, research and development, for nearly thirty years. My second career has been in senior management and governance.
In June 2020 I founded Kathie Irwin and Associates – specialists in education, research and training. I serve as the Founder and CEO.