Log in

Wendy Drewery

Brief description: Associate Professor at University of Waikato, co-Director of PB4L RP.
Contact email: w.drewery@waikato.ac.nz
Telephone: +64 7 8384699
Mobile phone: +64 21 278 1065
Twitter username:

About me

Hello, I am an academic at the University of Waikato, where I have worked for a while.    I have been working on the development of restorative practice in schools and in life since the year 2000, and it is with great pride that I find myself part of a strong team who has partnered with the Ministry of Education to support the development of PB4L Restorative Practices in schools across the motu.  

I teach a postgraduate paper on Restorative Practices in Education, an undergraduate paper on Adult Development and Ageing, and I have written textbooks for and give lectures in first year lifespan development. I am Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato.

I am quite interested in both the philosophy and theory behind restorative justice practice, as I now prefer to call it.  And as a mother of four sons and nana to seven grandchildren I am especially interested in the real outcomes of restorative conversations for our students, their whanau, and their teachers in our schools. 

Message board

  • Wendy Drewery

    Kia ora Vinny, I apologise for the time it has taken me to respond to this very interesting question. It is a question to which I have given some thought, and have discussed with both the Ministry and the RP team at different times.

    It is clearly acknowledged that dealing with trouble through tikanga Maori has many, if not most of the features of what we are now calling restorative practice. Perhaps this is clearer in respect of restorative justice, though I leave you to advise me on that. We do distinguish between RJ and RP.

    I think the main impact of the formal introduction of restorative practice in schools now is that it is re-positioning the teacher and giving them a kete of skills, and in so doing I believe it is re-envisioning the kaupapa of education and even approaches to knowledge. This would all look familiar to Kura, as it does to many other good-hearted teachers also. The main advantage of engaging with the formal project might be that it gives everyone in a school and its community a language and an explicit structure or vision through which to discuss the features of good working relationships in schools. This applies to both pedagogy and disciplinary functions.
    Nga mihi

  • Vinny Ridgway

    Tena Koe Whaea. Kei te mihi kia koutou nga rou rangatira mā. Kei te Mahiana i tenei kaupapa ono tau. Ahakoa, e tautoko tona korero, he patai taku ? I tenei kaupapa ka tuhono e roto i te tikanga nei ?

    Greetings Whaea Wendy, A delight as always to see you. Manaia Wharekura has been on the PB4L journey a relatively short time, however the question which came up was the concept of Restorative practices, which is not a new concept for Kura and Wharekura has been described as part and parcel Tikanga Maori. The question was why would "we" be looking to implement practises which are already imbeded culturally ? Isnt this process for Kura Aoraki ? Tom Cavanagh's influence reaches a long way back for us in Tai tokerau. Keen to hear your korero. Looking forward to the debate. Tino Mihinui Vinny

  • Wendy Drewery

    Hello! Check out the PB4L Restorative Practice group site in the VLN, tell us what you think.

  • Nathaniel Louwrens

    Kia ora Wendy and welcome to the VLN.

    I am part of the online team and we are here to support you and help you get the most out of the VLN community.

    I see you've yet to join some groups, maybe I could suggest some groups to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join the "Getting started on the VLN" group, here you will find a wealth of tips to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join this group too. /groups/profile/118255/enabling-elearning/ There are several more e-learning sub-groups you might like to join too for on-going conversations.

    Each fortnight we put together the e-learning round-up on the blog, it is well worth skimming through to see the latest discussions and links, /blog/group/118255/all

    If you want to know more about VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups, you can view this webinar recording >>> http://bit.ly/1eQTLXD

    Looking forward to working with you online.

    Ngā mihi nui, nā Nathaniel.

View all

Group membership

More groups