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Mana Atua 2016 Organising Committee #manaatua

Andrew Gibbons is an early childhood teacher educator and Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology. He has a keen interest in philosophy and politics, and these orient his research of early childhood education, and education more generally, to questioning beliefs and practices, and their impact on the experience of being human. Andrew has published widely on topics including the role of technology in Education, NZ ECE policy directions in the past two decades, the educational implications of the work of Albert Camus, the philosophy of education, and the future of the university. 

Mike Bedford is a specialist in ECE wellbeing with 25 years experience in ECE health, safety and design. Mike established the Wellington Regional Public Health ECE health programme in 1996 and has made approximately 1500 visits to 600 ECE centres. He has also provided about 150 lectures and workshops in ECE wellbeing and design, and provided long term outdoor area design and plans for 28 ECE centres.  Mike is currently undertaking a PhD in ECE environmental heath with Otago University, Wellington.  Mike is an advocate for quality environments for children, and for Te Whariki-based approaches to wellbeing and design.

Sarah Gerritsen is a social scientist with a strong interest in child nutrition and health. She is currently undertaking a PhD student at the University of Auckland using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study and the 2014 Kai Time in ECE Survey to explore obesity prevention policy and practices in Early Childhood Education settings. and

Nicky de Lautour is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Auckland University of Technology.