AOTAHI - Key Persons

Ariana Te Huia

Ariana Te Huia has been working for Aotahi Limited for approximately 10 years. She has a background in banking as well as administration. Ariana assists in managing the programme delivery contract Aotahi Limited currently holds with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. In 1996 Ariana returned to New Zealand after living in Sydney for two years, and her desire to learn Te Reo Māori led her to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. After completing a Diploma in Te Tohu Mātauranga i Te Reo Māori, Ariana had a brief period as a kaiawhina (teachers aid) for the Te Ara Reo programme, then held a student administration position for two years before joining Aotahi Limited. At present, Ariana is based in Te Kuiti. She has a teenage son who currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Lee Churchman

Lee is from the central North Island, having grown up in and around Taupō. He holds an MA with first class honours from the University of Waikato, and a PhD from the Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy at the University of Toronto. At Aotahi, Lee is responsible for leading and co-ordinating the writing teams, as well as being a contributing writer himself. Prior to working at Aotahi Lee taught philosophy for many years at Universities in New Zealand, South Korea, and Canada. He has extensive experience in course design and delivery, as well as the writing and production of textbooks and other course materials. Lee has been married to Bernadette for nearly 20 years. They have two sons: Serge and Hal. He is interested in effective design, business ethics, cultural pluralism, and the use of information technology in education.

Monica Palmer

Originally from Piopio, Monica comes from a background in mental health and student support. Monica has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Massey University, and has lived in Palmerston North and Auckland for the last twelve years. She has recently returned home to Te Kuiti, to be closer to whanau and to raise her son, Ari. Monica has worked in various roles relating to the support and advocacy of Maori and Pacific rangatahi. These roles have included student support at the University of Auckland and clinical work within the Counties Manukau DHB. Monica has also assisted in the research and development of Talking Therapy guides for clinicians throughout New Zealand.