Ann Milne is the principal of Kia Aroha College, (www.kiaaroha.school.nz) a “special-character” Years 7 to 13 (Grades 6 to 12) state secondary school in Otara, Auckland, New Zealand. Ann has worked in the school and the Otara community for 30 years and has led the changes in the wider school community to develop a learning model focused on indigenous Māori and Pasifika (Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands Māori) bilingual education, through culturally responsive, critical, social justice pedagogies.
In 2004 Ann was the recipient of both the New Zealand Education Administration and Leadership Society’s Dame Jean Herbison Scholarship and the President’s Research Award. In 2007 she was the NZEALS Visiting Scholar, speaking to audiences throughout New Zealand, and in 2009 was awarded the Auckland Savings Bank/Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Travelling Fellowship.
Her research has been presented throughout New Zealand and internationally. Ann is also a foundation member of the High Tech Youth Network Ltd (HYTN), an alliance of after-school drop-in Studios where young people can design, create and innovate through technology.
Ann is also an Adjunct Teaching and Research Fellow of the Tokorau Institute at the indigenous Māori university, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, and is co- principal investigator of the Te Rongo Haeata Centre for Community Informatics Research.