Trendsetters 2020

Dr Stewart Hase

Dr Stewart Hase BA, Dip Psych, MA (hons), PhD. MPS.

Stewart is a psychologist with a life-long interest in human change and adaptation. He has followed this interest as an academic, clinical psychologist, a teacher, an organizational consultant and writer in a career spanning more years than he cares to think about. One of the areas of adaptation that Stewart has been fascinated about is how people learn. To this end he and a colleague, Chris Kenyon in 2000 developed a theory of learning as an extension to andragogy and called it the improbably sounding name of heutagogy or self-determined learning (SDL).  Stewart has written over 130 papers, research articles and book chapters, as well as three books, and supervised over 25 Doctoral theses and numerous Master’s theses. He currently lives in a small fishing village on the East Coast of Australia. When not traveling, consulting, undertaking clinical work and speaking at events, Stewart spends his time painting, writing, playing golf and out on his boat chasing fish. Four grand children also need a fair bit of attention. You can see more of what Stewart does at:, and meet him on Twitter and Linkedin.

Russell Burt

Principal of Pt England School, Tamaki, Auckland

Russell is principal of Pt England School, in Tamaki, Auckland. He began his teaching career in this community, before going offshore with his wife Dorothy, also an educator, and working in schools in Papua New Guinea. They returned home and worked in Otara, before re-settling in Tamaki at the beginning of 1991.

Russell’s adult life has been spent working with Maori and Pasifika children and families through school and community. Russell has worked with the NZ Ministry of Education to assist with the provision of quality staff for NZ schools and in the development of schooling improvement for low decile schools as well as working with Digital Learning development from the mid 90’s.

Pt England School has a national and international reputation for innovative work accelerating achievement of Maori & Pasifika Learners using the affordances of digital learning & teaching to make learning visible for children and their families, whilst affording higher cognitive engagement.

As principal of Pt England School which has been the lead school of a number of schooling consortia over time, Russell holds the convening role in the Manaiakalani Community of Learning, or Kahui Ako, which is committed to growing equity and citizenship for children and families in the Tamaki Community and other like communities.

In this role he has worked to develop a new kind of community, commercial, philanthropic, government and NGO partnership to help resource the delivery of high quality education in this and other low socio-economic and remote communities.

Russell is a long term member of the Pt England Community and is involved in other community capacity building activities through community organisations outside of school. He has been an educator for 40 years.

Brendan Wood

Senior Lecturer, AUT University

Brendan commenced employment at AUT in 2014, within the Department of Paramedicine, as the Military Programme leader. He has been responsible for the coordination of the study for members of the New Zealand Defence Force. He also lectures in Clinical Reasoning within the Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine Degree

Amanda Lees

Lecturer, AUT University

Amanda teaches in Health care ethics,Ethics of emerging biotechnologies, Media and communications for health promotion. Her current research interests are in the areas of: Values based decision making,Tertiary ethics education,Educational technologies in ethics education and Mobile and digital technologies in health education.