TENZ Council

Meet the Team

TENZ Council 2019

Kerry Lee


Kerry has been involved in Technology Education since the inception of the Technology curriculum. She was one of the ‘first fifteen’ teachers who were trained at Waikato University to facilitate the introduction of the 1995 Technology curriculum to schools.
In 1998 she became a lecturer in Technology at Auckland College of Education, becoming Head of Technology prior to the amalgamation with the University of Auckland. She is still lecturing in Technology as well as being the faculty’s Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses.
Kerry is passionate about technology education and making a difference to children’s learning.  Her research focuses on innovations in education and has been widely published.


Mike Forret

Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Website

Mike has been involved in technology education since its beginning in 1992. He was involved in writing the early versions of the Technology Curriculum and was one of the teacher educators at Waikato University who prepared the initial 'wave' of  facilitators to  introduce the 1995 Technology Curriculum.
Mike has worked in initial teacher education for over twenty years, initially at Hamilton Teachers' College and then at the University of Waikato where he taught technology and science education and supervised postgraduate research.
Mike retired from the university in 2016 and is a director of iCconcept Enterprises Ltd, a web services and development company.


Wendy Fox

Immediate Past Chair

Wendy is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato. She was chair of  TENZ from 2006 to 2018, and has convened two TENZ conferences: TENZ 2005 and TENZ/ICTE2017.
Wendy taught at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, in Technology Education, primary and secondary, Professional Inquiry Studies and Inquiry Learning from 1997-2017. Research special interests include authentic learning in technology education, the role and nature of effective conversation in learning and teaching, and learning approaches for the 21st Century.
She has presented regularly at PATT and other international conferences and published in a range of journals and books in the field of technology education. Wendy is a registered and certified teacher (primary).


Louise Milne


Louise is an Associate director of the TEMS Centre, University of Waikato, has been senior lecturer in technology education since 2013, and lecturer at the Faculty of Education since 2004. She teaches primary pre-service teachers in both graduate and undergraduate papers, working in Hamilton, Tauranga and on-line.
Prior to this, she was a primary school teacher with a special interest in junior primary students and education outside the classroom. In 1997 she was seconded to the University of Waikato to join a team to facilitate the first Ministry of Education technology contract, and in 1999 was appointed the Director of the second Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum contract.
She has also worked on a wide range of associated contracts including Technology Education for Year 7 & 8 specialist teachers, planning and assessment contracts and the development of resources for technology.


John Williams

Research and International

John Williams is a Professor of Education and the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, where he teaches and supervises research students in STEM and technology education.  Apart from Australia, he has worked and studied in a number of African and Indian Ocean countries and in New Zealand and the United States.
His current research interests include STEM, mentoring beginning teachers, PCK and electronic assessment of performance.  He regularly presents at international and national conferences, consults on Technology Education in a number of countries, and is a longstanding member of eight professional associations. He is the series editor of the Springer Contemporary Issues in Technology Education and is on the editorial board of seven professional journals.


Wendy Slatter

Regional Coordinator

My technology teaching background is in the food and fabric technology areas, which has been in a range of low and high decile intermediate and secondary schools around NZ. I’m passionate about technology education, especially providing learning opportunities to students by bringing the outside world into the classroom.
My recently completed PhD explored how we could educate for food literacy. I am encouraged to see some great networking already exists in some regions of TENZ, and am keen to set up and extend these opportunities in others.


Elizabeth Reinsfield

Professional Development

Elizabeth [Liz] Reinsfield is a lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Prior to her role at the University, she led and taught secondary technology education in New Zealand and the United Kingdom for sixteen years.
Liz holds a BEd(Hons) from Leeds Metropolitan University and a Masters in Education (First Class) from the University of Waikato. She also has a PhD from Waikato which explored how secondary teachers' perceptions of technology education influenced their engagement with, and enactment of, the New Zealand Curriculum.
Liz has recently been awarded funding to explore the nature of learner-centred pedagogies in ILE's for secondary teachers who are motivated to teach the curriculum within a future-focused context.


Ceri de Boo

Membership and Marketing

Human beings love to learn. Learning is a driving force that makes us want to discover new and innovative ways of enhancing both our own lives and the lives of others around us. Students in my classroom experience this type of learning, where they are encouraged to realise their big ideas and learn through their own failings to go on and develop innovative solutions to authentic issues.
I have been teaching Technology for the last 7 years in Christchurch and I am currently lecturing at the University of Canterbury on the Graduate Diploma for Tchg and Lrg (Secondary).

Hamish Johnston

Hamish is a recent graduate from the University of Canterbury. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is currently the Digital Technology teacher at Kaiapoi High School. Hamish is passionate about technology and seeing ākonga learn and succeed.
As of February, 2019, he sits on the CDTT (Canterbury Digital Technology Teachers) committee; while also consulting with the University of Canterbury Computer Science and Software Engineering Department. He received the Asia New Zealand Foundation Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity Award at the Canterbury Youth Awards in 2018.
He embraces change, and is enthusiastic about how the changes to the digital technology curriculum can benefit the entire curriculum.


Sarah Washbrooke

Sarah has been teaching Technology for over twenty years in the UK and NZ after completing her BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology degree.
She has lead teams and ran professional learning for teachers in different areas of STEM & Technology. Sarah has taught a wide range of ages, needs and cultures in different school environments as a Technology specialist.
She is always ready to develop her understanding and knowledge in Technology and has taken part in many PL projects, including the MoE Resource development and facilitation project, regional hub leader for Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and more recently TENZ's Matanga project & DTTA executive.
In the past two years her focus has been to incorporate Digital Technology into her learning programs and help to develop classroom teachers understanding and knowledge in the new progress outcomes.


Natalie Oldfield

Natalie began her teaching journey in 2019, as a digital technology teacher at Rototuna Senior High School. Teaching has been an exciting career change for Natalie as she brings her years of design and digital media industry experience into the classroom.
After completing a Bachelor of Design (honours) from Massey University, specialising in Digital Media, Natalie enjoyed working in digital and print design, marketing and brand development as well as web design. During teacher training at Waikato University in 2018, Natalie enjoyed learning about technology as enacted in the New Zealand curriculum, finding natural links between the curriculum document and her design process in the industry.
As a teacher, Natalie is passionate about technology education and authentic, relevant learning for all students.
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