Founder of Ann Milne Education
“For our kids, education is about life and death. If it isn’t given that importance, then why are we doing what we’re doing? Our goal is to create “Warrior-Scholars” – young people who are strong leaders for the future with high achievement, both in “academic” and cultural knowledge, secure cultural identity, who can act as critical advocates and agents of change for their whānau, in their communities and in our society—who can go out, and change the world.”
Dr Ann Milne (PhD) is the founder of Ann Milne Education. Ann is a highly experienced educator, mentor, writer, and researcher who promotes developing a learning approach centred on students’ cultural identities, educating Māori students “as Māori”, “as” who they are first.
Ann led the ground-breaking work at Auckland’s Kia Aroha College over an almost 30- year journey to challenge notions of “under-achievement” and to transform the educational experiences of Māori and Pasifika learners. Ann’s education consultancy work has a specific focus on this critical, culturally sustaining pedagogy and leadership.
Ann has published in academic journals and books and is in demand nationally and internationally as a speaker and workshop facilitator. Her book, Colouring in the White Spaces: Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools, based on her doctoral research, was published in 2016. In 2015, Ann was the recipient of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation’s prestigious “Service with Distinction” Award, which recognises “outstanding service to education in New Zealand.” Ann is also the recipient of several national research awards and scholarships.