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Alex Barnes

Pākehā with affiliations to Mātaatua, Tainui and Te Tai Tokerau

Alex has a well-established track record of advancing the educational, social, cultural and environmental elements of wellbeing in education and health. As Pākehā, he is interested in growing an understanding and application of te Tiriti o Waitangi across the education, non-government, government and business sectors. Alex works with TupuOra, a kaupapa Māori organisation, on a range of Māori research and evaluation topics. He also provides professional development and learning in schools and organisations. Alex has just completed his PhD on co-governance in education. He has affiliations to Mātaatua, Tainui and Te Tai Tokerau regions. To keep his vibe right he hangs with his baby, friends and family; listens to music; meditates; exercises; watches basketball and is a regular podcast reviewer for Radio NZ.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Anti-racist Activism: Three Pākehā Educationalists Reflect 

What intergenerational insights can be gleaned about Pākehā roles and responsibilities in te Tiriti o Waitangi and antiracism education? This panel discusses the roles, contributions and pitfalls of Pākehā Te Tiriti education and antiracism in a colonised country. Drawing on the experiences of three generations of Pākehā actively working with other Pākehā to honour te Tiriti, the participants will explore how power dynamics, tensions and changes within Pākehā te Tiriti education and activism work over three generations. With over 100 years of combined experience, the discussion aims to identify key lessons about Pākehā te Tiriti education and anti-racism historically, presently and into the future. 

Alex Barnes
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