Dr Lisa Maurice-Takerei

Senior Lecturer - Master of Applied Practice
Location: Building 112, Room 3016


BA, MEd (Hons), EdD Auck, DipTchg Cant, CTEFLA. NZRT

Professional memberships

Member of NZARE  (New Zealand Association for Research in Education)
Member of AVETRA (Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association)
Member of FABENZ (Foundation and Bridging Education New Zealand)
New Zealand Registered Teacher


Dr Lisa Maurice-Takerei is the head of Transdiciplinary Studies - Undergraduate in the Te Miro Network at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Primary research interests include adult and tertiary teaching, adult education, TVET, teacher professional learning, teacher agency and identity.

Lisa has held teaching and leadership positions in the secondary education and tertiary sectors.  Her doctoral thesis examined trade and technical education in polytechnics in New Zealand and tracked the development of this field over time.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

(as Principal or Associate supervisor)

Wright, Martin (2015). Secondary teacher experiences of professional development : a focus on sustained application to practice


Maurice-Takerei, L. (2017). Designs for Learning: A pedagogical space for tertiary and vocational teaching in Aotearoa, New Zealand. National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Unitec, Auckland.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2017). VET Teaching. Realising Potential. AVETRA 2017 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2017). Recognising potential. Trade educators transforming a workforce. Research in Post Compulsory Education (Vol. Vol 22, Issue 4).

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2016). Harnessing potential. Trade educators and the transformation of a workforce. IVETA World TVET Conference, Nasinu, Fiji.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2016). A Whakapapa of Technical, Trade and Vocational Education in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Origins of a Hybrid VET system. Auckland, New Zealand, ePress (Vol. 1/2016).

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2016). Designs for Learning: Teaching in Adult, Tertiary and Vocational Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand, Dunmore Publishing Limited (Vol. 1st).

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2016). The bricoleur, the engineer and the kaitiaki: Reconceptualising the work of VET educators. International Journal of Training Research (Vol. 2016(2)).

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2015). Constructing an identity. The work and world of polytechnic trade tutors in New Zealand. University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2015). Changing Identities in Vocational Education (Plenary). New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum 2015, Wellington, New Zealand.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2015). The bricoleur, the engineer and the kaitiaki. Reconceptualising the work of trade and vocational tutors. Emancipation through Education. New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE), Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. Whakatane, New Zealand.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2014). Innovating within the maelstrom. Trade tutors and innovation. Foundation and Bridging Educators of New Zealand (FABENZ).

Maurice-Takerei, L. M. (2013). Create and Collaborate. Foundation and Bridging Educators New Zealand, International Conference, 5-6 December 2012. Wellington, New Zealand, Ako Aotearoa.

Maurice-Takerei, L. M., and Anderson, H. (2013). Discipline-based Teaching and Identity Expansion - Teacher Education and the Tertiary Vocational Educator in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work (Vol. 10,2).

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2012). Fees Free Places: Who goes and how are they doing? Presentation at The Secondary-Tertiary Interface: Update on the Interface: What is underway in 2012?" Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways, Manukau Institute of Technology, 14 March 2012 and CPIT, 5 April 2012.

Maurice-Takerei, L., and Anderson, H. (2012). Practice based research and critical pedagogy - rethinking teacher education for vocational educators. Conference Proceedings from AVETRA, 15th Annual Conference, The Value and Voice of VET Research for Individuals, Industry, Community and the Nation. Canberra, April 2012.

Maurice-Takerei, L., and Anderson, H. (2012). Assessment of Literacy Capability in Adults: Tensions and Complexities in Hodis, M & Kaiser, S (eds.). Conference Proceedings from Symposium on Assessment and Learner Outcomes, Victoria University, Wellington, 978-0-475-12398-5.

Maurice-Takerei, L. (2011). Constructing understanding. The focus group as a building block for exploring occupational identity. Stephenson, M; Duhn, I; Carpenter, V and Airini, 978-4425-6276-9 (Vol. Pearson).

Takerei, L. (2010). VET educators. Voices from the storm. Conference Proceedings from AVETRA, 13th Annual Conference, Queensland, April 8-9 2010, VET Research: Leading and Responding in Turbulent Times.

Maurice-Takerei, L., and Jesson, J. (2010). Nailing down an identity - the voices of six carpentry educators. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, http://www.teacherswork.ac.nz/journal/volume7_issue2/maurice-takerei.pdf (Vol. 7, 2).