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Professor Khyla Russell

Professor Khyla Russell

Kaitohutohu, Otago Polytechnic

Professor Khyla Russell oversees the embedding of a Treaty of Waitangi framework within course content, staff training and in tkaka and kawa in ceremonial useage across Otago Polytechnic (OP). This includes working alongside group managers and researchers to assist them in achieving these outcomes; working as part of the leadership team so the team can collectively own how OP can more easily operationalise its Memorandum of Understanding with the Ara-i-Te-uru Papatipu Runaka; leading M?ori research or research specific to M?ori within OP; and participating in research/consultancy outside of the OP.

Khyla is responsible for the facilitation of relationship-building between Otago Polytechnic and the Ara-i-Te-Uru Papatipu Runaka, the wider M?ori community, and their counterparts across the Tertiary Sector. This includes M?ori 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 OP has membership.

Khyla 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. She used to lecture at OP part-time and facilitate Treaty workshops for the Community Studies Department. Prior to the Kaitohutohu role, she ran a private consultancy business alongside acting as a part-time Senior Lecturer for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic. Additionally, she held part-time Senior Lecturing positions in Social Work and the School of Education at the University of Otago, and guest-lectured in law, history, anthropology, and social geography. Her interests outside of work include gardening; collecting kaimoana; continuing her learning and teaching of things Kai Tahu; iwi interests; and representations on governance and academic boards. She is still awestruck by travel and enjoys spending time with whanau locally, nationally, and internationally.

Khyla's whakapapa is Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha, and Rapuwai descent on te taha M?ori; and Polish (from Gdansk) and Northern Irish on te taha Tauiwi. Her academic qualifications include a BA (Massey), PGDA (Otago), and PhD (Otago).


Research Publications


Edited Books

Bennett, J. and Russell, K. (2003). Journeys in a Small Canoe: The life and times of Lloyd Maepeza Gina. Pandanus Books.


Journal Articles

Hudson, M. & Russell, K. (2009). The Treaty of Waitangi and Research Ethics in Aotearoa. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 6., No. 1. 61 - 68.

Russell, K. (2006). Landscape: Perceptions of Kai Tahu I mua, aianei, a muri ake. Spasifika, Issue 12. 72 - 73.

Russell, K. (2005). Movements. Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue, ISBN 1-877139-65-3. 04: Movement, June. 11-12.


Book Chapter

Camp, J. & Russell, K. & Sunderland,J. & Flack, B. (2009). Simpa: A Very Useful Tool. Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grant e-book


Conference Contributions

Weatherall, T., Mann, S. and Russell,K. (2009). SimPa in Review. NACCQ Conference, Napier. July.

Russell, K. (2009). Art works: Mahi Toi. ANZAAE Conference, Dunedin, 20 - 23 April.

Russell, K & Mann, S. (2009). The Many Indigenous Bodies of Kai Tahu. Indigenous Bodies: Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming School of American Studies, University of East Anglia; Norwich,

Russell, K. & Mann, S. (2007). Worlds Colliding: participatory storytelling and indigenous culture in building interactive games. ICHM Conference, Toronto, Canada, 24 - 26 October.

Russell, K. (2006). Connections and Connectedness: He aha te rereketaka ai?. 13th New Zealand Studies Association Conference, University of Dauphine, Paris, France,

Mann, S., Russell, K., Camp, J., Crook, M., & Wikaira, J. (2006). Maori Game Design. In Mann, S., & Bridgeman, N. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, ISSN 1176-8053. 7-10 July. 165-174.

Russell, K. (2005). A Kai Tahu?s perception of Landscape: (Re)Defining Those Understandings From an Indigenous Perspective. Indigenous Knowledges Conference,Victoria University of Wellington.

Russell, K. (2005). Cultural Supervision Kawa and Te Tiriti. Cutting Edge Conference, Dunedin.

Russell, K. (2005). Cultural Supervision, Kawa and Te Tiriti. Annual Treatment Conference on Alcohol, Drug and Addictive Disorders, Dunedin.

Russell, K. (2010). Maori Model: Interconnectedness of Identity, Wellness, and Ethics. International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) Conference, Port Madison Indian Reservation, Suquamish Nation USA, 24 - 28 May.

Russell, K. (2008). Leadership and Influence. Group Services Education Presentation, Te Waiora Centre Christchurch (J. Corson Editor),

Russell, K. (2008). Challenges Faced in my role. Social Service Providers Aotearoa, Dunedin, September.

Russell, K. (2008). Two Cultures: Balances, Choices and Effects Between Traditional and Mainstream Education. Oxford Round Table, Oxford, UK, July.

Russell, K., Sutherland, J., Bridgewater, V., Edwards, S. (2010). Whakawhanaungatanga. Te Whatunga Korero, Pipitea Marae, Wellington, 12 August.

Russell, K. (2009). Ko Te Ora a te Takata ma te Ora a te whenua. Public Health Association Conference, November.

Dibble, R. Camp, J. Scott, S. Sunderland, J. Holmes, H. Russell, K. (2008). Takata whenua panel discussion - whanau and sustainablity. New Zealand Association of Environmental Educators Conference new Zealand Association of Environmental Educators Conference, Arai Te uru marae,

Russell, K. (2007). Ka mea rakatirataka ki ta te Tinana Ora Taitamariki. Keynote address, Children?s Issues Centre Conference Body Matters: Children and Young People?s Physical Well-being and Rights, Dunedin, 28-29 June.

Russell, K. (2006). Landscape: perceptions of Kai Tahu I Mua, Äianei, A Muri Ake. Plenary Session, International Federation of Landscape Architects Eastern Region Conference, Sydney, Australia, 25 - 27 May.

Russell, K. (2011). The application in Tertiary Institutions of Intangible Knowledge Systems.

Mann, S. and Russell, K. (2010). Protecting Treasures: Engaging Communities and recreating narratives. In J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2010: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, Published March 31, 2010. Consulted May 4, 2010.

Weatherall, V., Russell, K. and Mann, S. (2008). Simpa: Update on Progress. Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, ISSN 1176-8053.

Crook, M., Camp., J., Russell, K., & Mann, S. (2006). Telling the story of telling the story. Poster presentation at the 19th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Wellington, ISSN 1176-8053. 7 -10 July. 317.


Oral Presentations (other than conference contributions)

Russell, K., Camp, J., Murphy, E., Carpenter, K. and Sunderland, J. (2010). Forming a Meaningful Partnership: Explaining the Memorandum of Understanding between The Otago Polytechnic and local Runaka. School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Canada, 18 May.

Russell, K., Mann, S. & Bragg, C. (2007). The Virtual Marae: Iwi Research and Collaboration. Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck College, London, 18 October.


Other Publications

Hudson, M., Milne, M., Reynolds, P., Russell, K. and Smith, B. (2010). Te Ara Tika: Guidelines for M?ori Research Ethics.

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