Heather McRae kicked off her career with a science degree at Massey, and since then has been a teacher, worked on major curriculum projects, established new schools in Asia and been a principal in the state system. Today she runs one of the country’s leading private schools for girls, where she remains a keen advocate of studying science. She talks to Bevan Rapson.
Some of you may blame Bilbo Baggins. Some of you will inculpate The Famous Five. Or perhaps, if you are of a more recent generation, it will have been Harry Potter or some teen vampire. The culprits are varied. Myself, I blame the likes of Dr Dolittle, Tintin and Asterix. In the warm haven that was the Palmerston North library, close by my family home, they and their kind got me hooked on reading. Steve Maharey writes.
If you did not know, you might not guess. “Bevan-Brown” sounds impeccably British and Associate Professor Jill Bevan-Brown’s appearance matches her name: fair complexioned, with a wave of fine fair hair and an engaging smile. The accent is educated middle-New Zealand. But Bevan-Brown is very much Maori, genealogically through her father’s side, in her personal identity and in her working life, where she is doing all she can to improve the education outcomes for Maori children with special needs. She talks to Malcolm Wood.
If you are an aspiring politician, a good biography is useful to have. For a member of a centre right party, Steven Joyce’s biography could hardly be better. He is a self made man. His parents, both of whom left school at 15, were seven-day-week grocery store owners. Joyce is a multimillionaire. Now he is a Minister of the Crown – whose most recently acquired portfolio is Tertiary Education – and a set of trusted hands in a relatively new government. And it all began at a student radio station. He talks to Paul Mulrooney.