Uenuku Fairhall belongs to the tribe Ngati Rangiwewehi [Te Arawa], and has taught mathematics in Māori since 1986. He participated in the formal development of Māori mathematics register and the first mathematics curriculum for Māori. Uenuku Fairhall is particularly interested in activities that increase the understanding of both culture and mathematics, so that mathematics lessons not only uses cultural contexts so that Māori can meet mathematics. He has been principal at the Māori school Te Kura O Te Koutu since 1998.
Tony Trinick belongs to the tribe Te whanau-a-Apanui. He works at Te Puna Wānanga, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Earlier, he worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools. For the last twenty years, he has worked in higher education, where he teaches mathematics in Māori for bachelor- and master students. During this time, various New Zealand governments have commissioned him to lead the development of curricula in mathematics for Māori-immersion classrooms. Currently, he is part of a team of 26 people who support teachers to teach mathematics in Māori. Dr Trinick’s primary research focus is on ideologies / policies associated with curriculum development for Indigenous peoples, language planning in regard to how describe mathematical ideas in Māori, and the complex relationship between mathematics and language.
Uenuku Fairhall and Tony Trinick will have a plenary lecture at the conference.