Tēnā koutou katoa.

Nei rā te mihi ki ngā tangata whenua o tēnei rohe; mai i Ngā Tiritiri o te Moana, whakawhiti i Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha, tae noa ki Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū, arā ko Waitaha, ko Ngāti Māmoe, ko Ngāi Tahu whānui, tēnā koutou.

Acknowledgements to the first people of this region, from the Southern Alps, traversing the Canterbury Plains to Banks Peninsula, greetings to the people of Ngāi Tahu.


Welcome to Treaty Education, run by Sharon Tipene.

Treaty education is about helping people to address the why – why the Treaty is relevant and important, personally and professionally. This is addressed through a workshop process, which starts with the who (relationships) and moves through to making the Treaty real in our places of work and lives.

Sharon Tipene is the key facilitator of Treaty Education. Sharon is Pākehā, born and raised in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Her ancestors arrived in Canterbury in the 1860s from Armagh, Ireland and Scotland, and in the 1960s from England.

She has over twenty years teaching experience in a broad range of settings; from early childhood through to adults, mainstream, bi-lingual, total immersion, rural and urban. She also has a life long passion for te reo Māori.

Sharon weaves together her diverse experiences, skills and knowledge to facilitate learning and change for people from a broad range of groups and organisations. She has had the generous support of many people in this work, including Robert Consedine, a long time Treaty educator.

Honouring relationships is at the heart of Sharon’s work and she is guided by the whakataukī; “Ko te houhanga rongo te kupu. The message is reconciliation.”