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Yo Heta-Lensen

Senior Lecturer
School of Community Studies
Location: Building 112, Room 3008


BEd, DipTchg



Early Childhood

Kaiako - Te Kohanga Reo


New Entrant teacher, Senior teacher


Lecturer, Visiting lecturer

Adult Education

Facilitator - Student waananga

Contract/ Consultancy

2000-2001 - Research Assistant - Innovations Funding Project

Research interests

Consulting with community and engaging with whanau

Maori theories of play and development

Bilingualism in New Zealand centres

The place of kaupapa Maori in increasingly multi-cultural areas

Assessment of Te Reo Maori language development

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Yo Heta-Lensen as Principal Supervisor

O'Leary, Hazel Aroha Abraham (2015). Leading learning for Maori students : the challenges of leadership for teaching principals in small rural primary schools (Master of Educational Leadership and Management)


Heta-Lensen, Y., & Neho, K. (2020). Taku whare Oranga:Nurturing Hauora in Exceptional times- Returning from COVID 19. Piwaka Early Learning Centre, Piwaka Early Learning Centre, Glen Eden.

Nathan, R., Heta-Lensen, Y., & Neho-Wijohn, K. (2020). Hauora: Wellbeing, support and care in exceptional times. ECE partnership Eventorial, Unitec Institute of Technology Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2019). Toi tū te whenua: A study of Māori visual arts as dialogue with Papatūānuku. 8th International Art in Early Childhood Conference, Victoria University of Wellington.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2019). Toi Tū Te Whenua: A Study of Māori Visual Arts as Dialogue with Papatūānuku. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal 2019 Research Journal (Vol. 1(1)).

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2018). Ko te whānau te toa o te tangata, ko te tangata te toa o te whānau: The whānau is the strength of the individual, the individual is the strength of the whānau. Celebrating Northland's Tamariki Conference, Whangarei.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2018). He kaiako ahau: Connecting self to teaching. Te Rito Maioha Annual Conference, Auckland.

Heta-Lensen, Y., & Wrightson, H. (2017). Ko tōku whānau tēnei: A whakapapa based approach to building community in mainstream ECE. Te Rito Maioha annual conference, Auckland.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2016). Letting the Kaupapa Lead: Maori leadership considerations and concepts. Associate Teacher's Symposium, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dunham, N., Owen, H., & Heta-Lensen, Y. (2015). Explorations into Becoming New, Radical, and Quite Possibly Dangerously Progressive within an Aotearoa New Zealand Context. Education Sciences (Vol. 5(2)).

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2014). Towards an indigenous eLearning strategy: Critical considerations and implications. New Zealand, Hazel Owen (Vol. Ethos Consultancy:The home of ICT enhanced learning and teaching).

Heta-Lensen, Y., and Turton, L. (2014). Mahi-a-rongo: Exploring our relationship with nature through the arts as peaceful pursuit. Associate Teachers' Symposium, March 29. Manukau Institute of Technology, Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa NZ.

Wrightson, H., and Heta-Lensen, Y. (2013). Nga taonga tuku iho- Maori visual arts and cultural fusion: Studying authentic engagement. Kia Tipu Te Wairua Toi - Fostering the creative spirit: Arts in early childhood education, Pearson, Auckland.

Heta-Lensen, Y., and Dunham, N. (2013). Becoming cognisant of research informed by Kaupapa Maori in early childhood education: Issues and contexts. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education (Vol. 16).

Heta-Lensen, Y., and Smith, C. (2010). Te Whatu Pokeka: Kaupapa Maori assessment and learning exemplars. Te Whatu Pokeka Kaupapa Maori assessment for learning Symposium, Auckland.

Heta-Lensen, Y., and Smith, C. (2010). Conceptualising Te Whatu Pokeka. Te Whatu Pokeka Kaupapa Maori assessment for learning Symposium, Auckland.

Ritchie, J., and Heta-Lensen, Y. (2010). Engaging souls too: A review of 'The subject of childhood' by Michael O'Loughlin. Early Education, 47(Autumn-Winter).

Albert, J., Heta-Lensen, Y., and LamSam, H. (2010). Te Whatu Pokeka: One Centre's Journey. Te Whatu Pokeka Kaupapa Maori assessment for learning ECE exemplars, Hamilton.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2010). Nau he kete Naku he kete; An implementation and evaluation of Kete-based approaches to teaching and learning te reo Maori me ona tikanga in ECE settings. ARECE conference, Melbourne.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2009). Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the implications for medical practitioners. Waananga: Auckland Pacific Primary Health Organisation.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2007). Kaupapa Whanau approaches in Education Management. Paki Waitara: Stories of the land.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2007). Kaupapa whanau approaches in education management. New Zealand Early Childhood Convention 2007 'Paki Waitara: Stories of the land'.

Heta-Lensen, Y. (2005). Ko Te Whanau Te Kupenga O Te Matauranga: The kaupapa of Whanau - An approach to mainstream educational management. Unpublished Master of Educational Management thesis, Unitec New Zealand, Tamaki Makaurau. Supervisor: