Speaker: Khyla Russell
April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Speakers: Biography

Khyla Russell

Otago Polytechnic
Private Bag 1910
Dunedin Otago
9001 New Zealand


In this role, I am charged with overseeing the embedding of the Treaty of Waitangi across the organisation. This includes working alongside Group Managers and Researchers to assist them in the achieving of these outcomes:. working as part of the Leadership Team so the team can collectively own how the Polytechnic can more easily operationalise its Memorandum of Understanding with the Ara-i-Te-uru Papatipu Runaka: lead Maori research or research specific to Maori within OP and participate in research /consultancy outside of the OP.

I am responsible for the facilitation of relationship-building between Otago Polytechnic and the Ara-i-Te-Uru Papatipu Runaka, the wider Maori Community, and her counterparts across the Tertiary Sector. This includes Maori tertiary providers such as Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Whitireia Waananga ; Ngai Tahu Education Manager; te kete o Aoraki facilitators and Te Tapuae o Rehua Tertiary Company to which the Otago Polytechnic has membership. .I was formerly employed by Kai Tahu Head Office as an Education Facilitator for Runaka on behalf of Ngai Tahu Development Corporation and this has assisted in keeping and growing the relationship OP has begun with Papatipu Runaka and the wider Iwi.

I used to lecture at Otago Polytechnic part time and facilitate Treaty Workshops for the Community Studies Department. Prior to the Kaitohutohu role, I ran a private consultancy business as well as being a part time Senior Lecturer for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic. I held part time Senior Lecturing positions in Social Work and the School of Education at the University of Otago and did guest lecturing in Law, History, Anthropology and Social Geography. My interests outside of work include gardening, collecting kaimoana and continuing my learning and teaching of things Kai Tahu, Iwi interests and representations on governance and academic Boards. I am still awestruck by travel and enjoy spending time with whanau locally, nationally and internationally.

My whakapapa is Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha and Rapuwai descent on te taha Maori and Polish (from Gdansk) and Northern Irish on te taha Tauiwi. Her academic qualifications include a BA, (Massey), PGDA (Otago), PhD (Otago).

Khyla will present Protecting treasures: engaging communities and recreating narratives. [Paper]