Rose Marsters is Pūkenga Āwhina in the Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways. She came to this role via four years study at University of Waikato (while actively parenting four children under 6 years of age and working part time), followed by a decade-long engagement in an initiative providing home-visit based delivery of an ECE programme to families. Rose’s roles in this initiative included being a Kaitaiki/Family support worker, providing professional development, and clinical support for staff and external groups nationally, practice management and community liaison.
In her Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge, Rose developed a framework in practice derived from oral narratives and history presented through her tupuna – ‘a values based, heart driven and best practice approach with a Polynesian flavour and indigenous context’ (Marsters, 2016). The overarching practice is ngaki ma te kai – caring for others through food. Food for the mind (manako); food for the heart (ngākau); food for the belly (kōpū) and food for the spirit (vaerua). The ‘Onu or turtle (the navigator) provides the symbolic image of the framework in practice.
Rose presented on this framework during the Rangahau Symposium hosted by the Māori Achievement Office in late 2016, as well as more recently at the WIPCE (see Part 2 of the story in this issue). The framework is currently inspiring further research through her doctoral study in Indigenous Advancement and Development.
Rose leads noho marae and wananga and provides pastoral care for Māori and Pasifika students. Alongside this, she is well known for her leadership of staff professional development in the areas of te reo me ngā tikanga, through the Te Tauihu and Te Taurapa programmes to meet a need that she identified early in the implementation of Wintec’s Te Ngāwhā Whakatupu (Māori Capability Framework). In 2016, Rose and another tutor published a book of reflections from participants of the Te Tauihu module. Puhirere-Reflections for the Future is a collection of letters written by Te Tauihu participants to a descendant outlining the influence Te Tauihu will have on their practice and engagement with Māori.