Dr. Catherine Savage

Ngāi Tahu,
Ed.D

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Catherine is the managing director and lead researcher for Ihi Research. Catherine is a registered psychologist and holds an Education Doctorate from Massey University (2006) which investigated the School Network Reviews of 2004.  Catherine spent ten years as a senior lecturer at Victoria University where she was the associate director of the graduate programme. During this time, she worked on several major Ministry of Education research and development projects including the national evaluation of Te Kotahitanga (2010).  From 2010 to 2014 Catherine was the Chief Executive of Te Tapuae o Rehua, a subsidiary of Ngāi Tahu, where she led research and educational development initiatives on behalf of the iwi.  Her work brought about a new era of partnership and collaboration between the Iwi and tertiary partners and saw the initiation of key partnership projects such as Mau ki te Ako, He Toki ki te Rika and Whenua Kura.  

Since 2014, Catherine has successfully led research for clients such as Site Safe, Work Safe, Ako Aotearoa, AllRight?, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Rātā Foundation.  She has produced a series of research and evaluations projects investigating social impact from innovative approaches to achieving social change.  

Catherine’s research interests lie in qualitative methodologies and working with Māori whānau to improve educational and social outcomes.  She has published and presented nationally and internationally on culturally responsive practices and the development of Iwi led initiatives.

Education & Qualifications

Massey University New Zealand
-Education Doctorate 2006
-Post Graduate Diploma Educational Psychology 2000
-Master of Educational Psychology 1999
-Bachelor of Education (Teaching) 1992

Otago Polytechnic
-Bachelor of Applied Management: Transformation & Change 2014

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
-Kāwai Raupapa (Intro to Arts) 2010

Te Wānanga o Raukawa
-Huia Te Reo 2016

Board Memberships

-Appointed Panel member on the Teacher Led Innovation Fund (TLIF). 
-Trustee of Restorative Justice Ōtautahi 2014 – current
 

Research Reports, Publications & Presentations

Evaluation of Wave One Initiative: Te Pūtahitanga.

Commissioned by Te Pūtahitanga, the South Island Commissioning agency for Whānau Ora to evaluate 23 wave one whanau enterprise initiatives.

Savage, C. Leonard, J. Grootveld, C. Edwards, S. Dallas-Katoa, W. 2016.

Evaluation of Social Support in School

Commissioned by Kaiapoi Borough School and The Canterbury Community Trust to evaluate the impact of two post-quake social support programmes in school. Savage, C., Leonard, J. Results Based Assessment of social support initiatives. 2015.

Process Evaluation Resources for Māori

Commissioned by the manager of the AllRight? Campaign to evaluate the process of developing a community resource for Māori. Savage, C., Leonard, J. 2015.

Evaluation of Training Programmes Site Safe NZ

Commissioned by Site Safe NZ to evaluate the quality, relevance, and currency of the current safety training programmes in New Zealand. Savage, C., Leonard, J. Kuntz, J., M. T. McCrudden. 2015.

Drug and Alcohol Use in the Construction Sector: Canterbury Rebuild

Commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation. Savage, C., Kuntz, J., Leonard, J. Mixed method evaluation of MHERC educational intervention and survey of 300 construction workers in Christchurch. 2014.

Ako Whakaruruhau: Māori Mentoring for Apprenticeship Success

Ako Aotearoa National Research Fund contract held by Te Tapuae o Rehua. Savage, C., Tarena, E., McConnell, N, & London, P. Project Leader on a collaborative teaching and learning grant to develop Industry partnerships for learning and culturally responsive apprenticeship pathways. 2014 - 2016.

Huakina Mai: Relational Based Whole School Intervention

Ministry of Education Contract held by University of Canterbury Macfarlane, A., Fickle, L., Savage, C., Macfarlane, S. & Tarena, E. Senior researcher on research and evaluation contract for the Kaupapa Maori Special Education Teams. University of Canterbury. 2012-Current.

Kaupapa Maori Severe Behaviour Interventions

Ministry of Education Contract held by Victoria University. Meyer, L. Savage, C., Hindle. R. & Tawhiti, M. Project Director of Evaluation of Hui Whakatika, part of the Kaupapa Maori Severe Behaviour Intervention Project. Victoria University. 2010-2011.

Evaluation of the Te Kotahitanga Scoping Phase 5

Ministry of Education Contract held by Victoria University Sept 2010 – Jan 2011 Savage, C., Meyer, L, Penetito, W. Hindle, R. Hynds, A, & Graham, J. Project Director on the MOE externally funded research and development project ‘The Scoping of Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5’. 2010-2011.

Evaluation of Tū Kanohi Ora

Ngai Tahu Research Contract held by Victoria University Trust for Catherine Savage. Savage, C. Contracted researcher on the Ngai Tahu externally funded research project Evaluation of Tu Kanohi Ora. A qualitative investigation into the impact of the Tū Kanohi Ora Programme delivered by Te Tapuae O Rehua in 4 Canterbury Schools. 2010.

Evaluation of He Kakano

Ministry of Education externally funded contract Hynds, A., Meyer, L., Penetito, W., Savage, C., Hindle, R. Te Maro, P & Faircloth, S. A member of the international research team evaluating the effectiveness of a major national initiative for Maori students in mainstream NZ secondary schools. Victoria University of Wellington. 2010-2011.

Effective Intervention for Challenging Behaviour (EICB)

National PD Programme delivered by Victoria University for Group Special Education. Meyer, L., Savage, C., Tawhiti, M. Named researcher on the MOE externally funded research and development project Effective Interventions for Challenging Behaviour, (directed L. Meyer) awarded to Victoria University. 2007-2008.

Articles

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development to Reposition Pedagogy for Indigenous Students in Mainstream Schools

The Teacher Educator, 51:3, 230-249

Hynds, A.S., Hindle, R., Savage, C., Meyer, L.H., Penetito, W. & Sleeter, C.E. (2016).

Huakina Mai: A whole school relational based intervention for Māori success.

Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.

Savage, C., Macfarlane, S., Macfarlane, A., Fickel, L., Te Hemi, H. (2014).

Culturally Responsive Pedagogies in the Visual and Performing Arts: Exemplars, Missed Opportunities and Challenges.

Curriculum Matters (7)

Hindle, R., Savage, C., Meyer, L.H., Sleeter, C.E., Hynds, A. & Penetito, W. (2011).

Te Kotahitanga: a case study of a repositioning approach to teacher professional development for culturally responsive pedagogies.

Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 39 (4) 1-13.

Hynds, A., Sleeter, C.E., Hindle, R., Savage, C., Penetito, W., and Meyer, L.H. (2011)

What students experience; evidence of culturally responsive teaching across the curriculum.

Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 39, (3) pp. 183-198.

Savage, C., Hindle, R., Meyer, L. Hynds, A, Sleeter, C. (2011).

Essentials for implementation: six years of school wide positive behaviour support in New Zealand.

New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(1), pp. 29-37.

Savage, C., Lewis, J., & Colless, N. (2011).

School network reviews: A framework of questions for discussion.

New Zealand Annual Review of Education. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington

Savage, C. (2005).

Book Chapters

School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education.

In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA.

Meyer, L., Parks, H.S., Bevan-Brown, J. & Savage, C. (2015).

Te Tapuae o Rehua: Iwi engagement in Higher Education in Te Waipounamu

In F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni & C. Tuagalu. (Eds.), Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons. H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books.

Savage, C., Tarena, E., Te Hemi, H., & Leonard, J. (2013)

Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons. H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books.

Te Tapuae o Rehua: Iwi engagement in Higher Education in Te Waipounamu in F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni & C. Tuagalu. (Eds.)

Savage, C., Tarena, E., Te Hemi, H., & Leonard, J. (2013)

School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education.

In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA.

Meyer, L., Bevan-Brown, J., Parks, H.S & Savage, C. (2012).

Inclusive Education and Māori communities in Aotearoa New Zealand – introducing a paradigm of cultural affirmation.

In S. Carrington & J. MacArthur (Eds), Teaching in Inclusive School Communities. Brisbane, Australia: John Wiley & Sons Publishers.

Macfarlane, A., Macfarlane, S., Savage, C. & Glynn, T. (2012).

Least Restrictive Environment

In Banks, J. A. Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Savage, C. & Meyer, L. (2013)

Culturally Responsive Pedagogies across the curriculum: What teachers say and do

In Sleeter, C. (Ed.) Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-Based Pedagogy (pp. 76-93) Peter Lang Publisher. New York

Savage, C. & Hindle, R. (2011)

The Impact of Culturally Responsive Pedagogies on Students and Families

In Sleeter, C. (Ed.) Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-Based Pedagogy (pp. 93-109). Peter Lang. New York.

Savage, C. & Hindle, R. (2011)

School Reorganisation.

In Thrupp, M. & Irwin. K., (2010). The New Way: Policy directions in New Zealand. Waikato University Press.

Savage, C. (2010).

Culturally Responsive Classroom Management in New Zealand Schools

Green, V.A. & Cherrington, S. (Eds.). (2010). Delving into diversity: An international exploration of diversity issues in education. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Savage, C. (2010)

School inclusion and multicultural issues in special education

In Banks, J.A., & Banks, C.A. (Eds.) Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives. Willey & Sons. CA

Meyer, L., Bevan-Brown, J., Parks, H.S & Savage, C. (2009).

Conference Papers

Organic Research: Flipping the Agenda

Presentation at Tuia Te Ako. Lincoln 2015. Sleeter, C.E. & Savage, C. (2015) Collaborative Research Partnerships. Invited presidential panel. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, 2015.

Savage, C. (2015)

He Toki kit e Rika: Māori Trade Training

Roundtable presentation at AERA Chicago.

Savage, C., Tarena, E., Te Hemi, H. (2015)

Huakina mai: Strengths based interventions for indigenous students

Roundtable presentation. AERA Chicago.

Savage, C., London, P., & MacFarlane, S. (2015)

Successful Transitions for Māori Learners

Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, Transitions, and Bridges to Tertiary Education. Invited Panel. Wellington.

Savage, C. (2014)

Successful Transitions for Māori Learners

Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, Transitions, and Bridges to Tertiary Education. Invited Panel. Wellington.

Savage, C. (2014)

Huakina Mai: Opening doorways for Māori learners

Presentation at the World indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WiPCE) conference, 19-24 May, Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Macfarlane, S., Savage, C., Macfarlane, A., Fickel. L., Te Hēmi, H., Leonard, J., & Duckworth, F. (2014, May)

Tribal Led Professional Learning and Development

AERA San Francisco

Savage, C., Leonard, J., Fickle, L. (2013)

Huakina Mai: Opening doors, strengths based behavioral support for indigenous students

Round table paper session AERA San Francisco

Savage, C., Macfarlane, A., Macfarlane, S., Fickle, L., Te Hemi, H. (2013)

All Shook Up: repositioning of Iwi post-quake

Poster session. AERA San Francisco

Tarena, E. & Savage, C. (2013)

Setting the scene - Drawing on NZ Māori experience in Tertiary

Keynote at Annual PIN conference. Nelson, New Zealand

Savage, C. (2012)

Culturally Responsive Tertiary Teaching

Keynote National Tertiary Teaching and Learning Conference. Nelson

Savage, C. & Tarena, E. (2012)

Iwi Innovation in Higher Education

Keynote Te Toi Tauira mō Te Matariki. Ārai Te Uru Marae Dunedin.

Savage, C. & Tarena, E. (2012)

Iwi and Higher Education: Beyond consultation toward authentic collaboration

Paper presentation at AERA Vancouver April 2012

Savage, C., Macfarlane, A. Macfarlane, S. (2012)

Kia tika te mahi whakaako kia whakamana ai te tangata: Transforming Teaching

Invited Keynote Tuia Te Ako 2012 Hui. Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington March 29-30 2012

Savage, C. (2012)

Pedagogical leadership and Organisational change

Invited presentation. Otago Polytechnic Senior Managers Retreat. December 2011.

Savage, C. (2011)

Impact of neoliberal thought on research and teaching

Invited Keynote. Research Wānanga. Canterbury University. Christchurch September 2011.

Savage, C. (2011)

Past, Present and Future: New Forms of Colonisation

. Invited Keynote. Hui Poutama: Inaugural Maori Research Symposium. Otago University. Dunedin, 30 August 2011

Savage, C., (2011)

Culturally Responsive classroom management: What teachers say and do

Paper presentation at AERA New Orleans. 2011.

Savage, C., Hindle, R., Meyer, L., Penetito, W., Hynds, A., and Sleeter, C. (2011)

The state of Health Education in New Zealand

Paper AERA New Orleans. 2011

Hargreaves, A. & Savage, C. (2011)

A Ministry Puppet. The BoT as Agents of the State.

Paper AERA Denver. 2010.

Savage, C. (2010)

Making it Fit: Positive Behaviour Support in New Zealand

Paper Presentation Educational Psychology Forum. Christchurch.

Savage, C. (2010)

tudents experiences of culturally responsive classrooms

Paper Presentation AERA Denver. 2010.

Savage, C., Hindle, R., Meyer, L., Penetito, W., Hynds, A., Sleeter, C. (2010)

Teachers experiences of culturally responsive classrooms

Paper Presentation AERA Denver. 2010.

Hynds, A., Sleeter, C. Meyer, L., Penetito, W., Savage, C., Hindle, R., (2010)

Culturally responsive behaviour intervention

Invited Paper. Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour Conference. Nelson. September 2009.

Savage, C. (2009)

Teachers views of school reorganisation

Paper Presentation San Diego. AERA

Savage, C.(2009)

Student perspectives of school reorganisation

Paper. Christchurch. NZARE

Savage, C. (2007)

Confronting racism: Creating critical conversation in teacher education

NZARE Symposium. San Diego: AERA.

Bondy, A., & Savage, C. (2004)

Confronting racism: Creating critical conversation in teacher education

Auckland: NZARE.

Bondy, A., & Savage, C. (2003)

Evaluation Reports

Evaluation of Mau Ki Te Ako

. Internal Quality Assurance Evaluation for the Te Tapuae o Rehua Consortium.

Savage, C., London, P & Leonard, J. (2014)

Evaluation of He Toki Ki Te Rika: Māori trade training initiative

On behalf of Te Tapuae o Rehua for the Ministry of Business and Innovation

Savage, C., London, P., Te Hemi, H., Tarena, E. (2013)

Doctoral Thesis

Amputation without Anesthetic: 2004 Network review: school and community reorganization

Thesis passed examination in May 2006 without emendation.

2003-2006