Brenda Soutar - Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa
Brenda is Kaiārahi to REANZ. In this role she provides cultural advice and guidance.
Brenda has been interested in the Reggio Emilia educational experience since the late 90s. This approach has stretched her thinking about the role of educational settings as political places where cultural values and ethics are visible. At Mana Tamariki, a Māori immersion school in Palmerston North for infants to Y13, Brenda has led some of the thinking in relation to the Reggio experience. This has included the situating of learning within a relevant cultural context that reflects the values of the people for whom it exists and the place where it stands.