Dr Wally Penetito is Professor of Maori Education and Co-Director of He Parekereke: Institute for Research and Development in Te Kura Maori, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington. He has a long and varied career in education as a teacher, an adviser to schools, a senior government public servant, a researcher, and a college of education and university lecturer. He served for a period on the Teacher Registration Board and is currently an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Education Institute. In 2005 he was presented with the Te Tohu Pae Tawhiti Award from the New Zealand Association for Research in Education for the outstanding Maori researcher of the year. In 2007 he taught for a semester at McGill University, Montreal, Canada as part of his research and study leave. Dr Penetito has tribal affiliations to Ngati Haua, NgatiTamatera and Ngati Raukawa. He is married to Sheena and they have an adult family of three, with seven grandchildren.