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Liz Brown

Exec Dir, Ofce Treaty Prtnship

Kaihautū Matua

Ka Waimaero - UC Maori

17 October 2023

About Elizabeth (Liz) Brown

Liz Brown is Kaihautū Matua|Executive Director in Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury’s Office of Treaty Partnership.

The office was created to reflect UC’s commitment to being a Te Tiriti o Waitangi led university and builds on its commitment to strengthen Māori leadership and relationships.

Liz works alongside the Pou Whakarae,  Professor Te Maire Tau, to lead strategic Māori development, strengthen and enable the exploration and demonstration of academic achievement in all disciplines, and uphold the mana and aspirations of tangata whenua.

Liz brings three decades of experience in many fields of education, from primary school teacher to senior lecturer to Manager for the Ministry of Education to, more recently, UC’s Deputy Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori. Liz also brings strong Ngāi Tahu community connections as Chair of one of the local Ngāi Tahu papatipu marae, Te Taumutu Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu rūnanga education collective, Kōia te Mātauraka.


Research interests

Having recently completed her Doctor of Education thesis, Liz’s research interests include leadership, change management, Māori education and indigenous environmental issues.  Liz is also active in several environmentally focussed governance roles.



  • Doctor of Education (pending)
  • MTchLn
  • BTchLn


Recent publications

Brown E.R. (forthcoming) Intertwining Leadership and Change to Embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi Within a University.

Fickel L,  Abbiss J,  Brown L, &  Astall C. (2018) The Importance of Community Knowledge in Learning to Teach: Foregrounding Māori Cultural Knowledge to Support Preservice Teachers' Development of Culturally Responsive Practice, Peabody Journal of Education, 93:3, 285-294, DOI: 10.1080/0161956X.2018.1449858

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