Master of Ceremonies

Pio Terei is a well known New Zealand personality, having worked as an actor, entertainer, MC and speaker for over three decades. His TV career began with his inclusion into the More Issues team under the guidance of comedy legends Mc Phail and Gadsby. Pio then moved on to his own shows, Pete and Pio and the award winning Pio series.

His latest TV ventures have included Tails from the Trails, Off The Grid and most recently the top rating chat show Terei Tonight. Pio’s other passion is New Zealand whanau and has been a part of The Parenting Place for close to 20 years upskilling New Zealand parents to create Awesome whanau, as a former trustee and top communicator he is always in demand to bring a point of difference to the NZSTA annual conference and his association with this organisation and many others spans many years.

Pio was made a Member of the New Zealand Order Of Merit in 2012.


University of Waikato

Mere began working as a researcher in the 90s, after 20 years of teaching in the primary sector. She wanted to understand why, what we were doing with Māori learners in education was perpetuating trajectories of disparity.

Almost three decades of research have provided a better understanding of how to promote Māori students’ educational success as Māori. Using critical theories, historical truths from our joint past have begun to reveal deeply entrenched prejudices that have been with us since the genesis of colonisation. Promoting more equitable contexts for learning where Māori and other minoritised learners feel they can belong, requires becoming more critically consciousness of these deeply held beliefs. In education, this requires indigenising the culture within which we work while at the same time working to decolonise the hierarchical power structures.


Director/Owner, Personnel Psychology NZ

Keith is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Organisational Psychology and is Director of Personnel Psychology NZ.  His background includes 12 years as an Air Force psychologist and 35 years in private practice.  Keith’s involvement with education includes one-on-one coaching with senior managers, assisting principals with staffing and parent challenges, providing training for teachers and pupils and, most importantly, reading “I broke My Bum” and other stories to his daughter’s junior syndicate class.


Kaitiaki | CEO, Teacher First NZ

Michelle is a Tongan educator, theatre-maker, mother and former high school dropout. She serves as Kāuru Kura|Head of School at Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ, growing exceptional people to teach in low-decile schools. She is Kaiwhakahaere at Māia Centre for Social Justice and Education and the Creative Director of the Black Friars, Polynesian performers who are determined to hold courageous performance and leadership spaces for South Auckland. The company works to re-story Pasifika in the largest Polynesian city in the world, to activate our heritage literacies, to grow future leaders and to hold courageous spaces for our young people to walk tall in both of their worlds. South Auckland, decile-one born and bred, she is proud to work in the spaces where Education, Equity and the Performing Arts meet for Young Brown Scholars.

Chief Ombudsman NZ

Peter Boshier is Chief Ombudsman for New Zealand. He was appointed in December 2015, following a distinguished career as a Judge, and in May 2020
was reappointed for a second five-year term. Born and educated in Gisborne, Peter attended Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining a Bachelor of Laws with Honours Degree in 1975. After a period of practice in Wellington he was appointed as a District Court Judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.

In 2004 he was appointed as the Principal Family Court Judge of New Zealand and held that position until December 2012 when he was appointed a Law
Commissioner, a position he held until his appointment as Chief Ombudsman. He has served on the government’s Family Violence Taskforce. He is patron of
the White Ribbon Trust and patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington.

In 2009 he was made a distinguished alumnus of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law. Peter has a long association with the Pacific and was seconded to undertake judicial training there, based in Suva in 2002 and 2003. He has travelled regularly to Pacific Island countries to undertake workshops on family violence and youth justice. He holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa which was bestowed in 2000.

In July 2015, he became the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts based in the United States. He is the first New Zealander to
hold this position and did so until July 2016. In 2019, Peter took up the role of incumbent president of the Australasia and Pacific region of the International Ombudsman Institute IOI. As Chief Ombudsman, Peter’s focus has been on a faster and more effective resolution of Official Information Act and other complaints, working with government agencies to improve their practices and strengthening his team’s investigation and monitoring of prisons and public mental health facilities.