John Leonard

Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tūhoe,
BTchLN, Grad Dip, P.G. Dip Ed

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John has had over 25 years’ experience in the education sector, with over 16 years as a school principal.

From 2012 – 2013 he was seconded for eighteen months to lead Mau ki te Ako; the collaboration of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, University of Canterbury and the University of Otago to deliver culturally responsive teaching and learning professional development contract for the Ministry of Education.

For the past two years, John has led the implementation of Huakina Mai, a strengths-based relational intervention in schools.  Huakina Mai has been piloted for the past two years in three North Canterbury Schools in a collaboration between the Ministry of Education, the University of Canterbury and Te Tapuae of Rehua.

John is currently a researcher for Ihi Research. Over the past two years, he has contributed to research projects in health, work safety and education. He is currently supporting a Teacher-led Innovation Fund project across eight schools in Christchurch and is a Ministry of Education accredited Expert Partner to support Communities of Learning.

Over the past two years, John has contributed to several education and health research projects including Huakina Mai, Site Safe, All Right? and Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

Education & Qualifications

University of Canterbury
-Post Graduate Diploma in Education 2016
-Bachelor of Teaching and Learning 2009
-Hoaka Pounamu: Graduate Diploma in Bilingual and Immersion Teaching 2008

Christchurch College of Education
-Diploma of Teaching (Primary) 1989

Professional History

-Member of Aotearoa National Evaluation Association.
-Waitaha Māori Medium Cluster Leader
-Professional Leader Huakina Mai
-Waitaha Māori Rugby Council
-MOE Expert Partner

Research Projects, Presentations and Publications

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.

Cultural Responsiveness

Opening keynote at the launch of the North Canterbury Learning Cluster. 10 April, 2014.

Leonard, J. & Tipa, J. (2014)

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)

Tribal Led Professional Learning and Development

AERA San Francisco

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

In the heat of the Night

Presentation to the Auckland Primary Principals’ Association Conference. Waipuna.

Leonard, J. (2013)

Culturally Responsive Practice

Invited presentation to the Northland Principals’ Association.

Leonard, J. (2013)

Huakina mai: relational based teaching

Huakina mai: relational based teaching.

Savage, C. & Leonard, J. (2013)

Mā te huruhuru te manu ka rere. Culturally responsive practice in schools.

Report for the Canterbury Primary Principals’ Association.

Leonard J. (2012)