Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Ko Kauhehei te maunga, ko Roto-a-Tara te waiū tāukiuki, ko Te Whatuiāpiti te Tipuna, ko Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi. Dr James Graham is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education, College of Education, Health and Human Development. James has a background in Māori education with experience working across ITE Programmes between 1997 and 2012 at Te Kupenga o Te Mātauranga - Massey University College of Education and Te Kura Māori - Victoria University of Wellington including postgraduate programmes. More recently, James was Pouhāpai Mātauranga at Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated for four years where he was responsible for leading Māori educational development across Ngāti Kahungunu. James is a graduate of Massey University having completed his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees at Massey University, Palmerston North. His PhD thesis titled, Whakatangata kia kaha - Toitū te whakapapa, toitū te tuakiri, toitū te mana: An examination of the contribution of Te Aute College to Māori advancement examined the contribution of Te Aute College to Māori advancement, the notion of whakapapa was explored and framed as a methodology to reveal multiple layers of leadership, tradition, history, achievements and successes that have enabled Te Aute College to positively contribute to Māori advancement. Of growing research interest has been an exploration of how notions of Māori leadership, guided by a Māori worldview can nurture multiple layers of Māori citizenship.

Recent Publications

  • Macfarlane A., Macfarlane S., Graham J. and Clarke T. (2017) Social and Emotional Learning and Indigenous Ideologies in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Biaxial Blend. In Frydenberg E; Martin AJ; Collie R (Ed.), Social and Emotional Learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: 273-289. Singapore: Springer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-3394-0_15.
  • Graham J., MacFarlane S., Macfarlane AH. and Clarke T. (2016) Shared spaces: Erasing inequities by braiding the rivers of knowing. University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ: New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, 20-23 Nov 2016.
  • Graham JPH. (2016) He Toka Tū Moana: - Using notions of place [-based education] to realise educational potential. Wellington: The Politics of Learning, NZARE, 20-23 Nov 2016.
  • Graham JPH., Macfarlane A., Macfarlane S. and Clarke TEH. (2016) Social and emotional imperatives and Indigenous ideologies: Proposing a repositioning of the politics of learning via a biaxial blend. Wellington: The Politics of Learning, NZARE, 20-23 Nov 2016.
  • Graham JPH., Macfarlane S., Macfarlane A., Gillon G., Graham J. and Derby M. (2016) Tangatarua: Confluencing the knowledges from two worlds. Auckland: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, 15-18 Nov 2016.