Dr. Gill Potaka-Osbourne

Gill’s professional career and interest in Kaupapa Māori was born out of an involvement as both a kaimahi and whānau member of Te Hunga Kawitiwiti Kohanga Reo (language nest) in the early 80s. The next 15 years were spent working in the public sector before she rekindled a passion for Māori development and joined Taumata Hauora Trust (Māori Development Organisation) as contracts manager. In 2005, she began employment with Whakauae Research Services in an administrative capacity. Her current role as a community researcher and evaluator has given her the opportunity to engage, build capability and seek solutions with local communities. Gill’s passion is to grow Māori potential and she is excited about being able to use research and evaluation as methods for advancing Māori development. She is currently a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), Ma Te Rae Māori Evaluation Association and of the Australian Evaluation Society (AES).