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Ella Henry

Ella is a Senior Lecturer in Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori Development within AUT. She has an academic background in Sociology, Māori Studies and Management Studies. Her Masters thesis focused on Māori women in management. Her PhD focused on Maori entrepreneurship in screen production. Ella has also been actively involved in Māori broadcasting. During the 1980s, while a member of Auckland University Students’ Association, Ella organised the first on-campus Māori film festivals. In 1996 Ella and a group of colleagues formed Ngā Aho Whakaari, the Association of Māori in screen production. She has sat on the Executive Board on many occasions and was the Chair of Ngā Aho Whakaari (2011-2012). In recent years Ella has worked more directly in Māori broadcasting, as a radio announcer for urban Māori Radio Waatea, presenting a show called ‘Ask Your Auntie’ on Māori Television for three years (2005-2007) and taking a number of other acting and presenting roles. Ella returned to academia in 2008 for the first time since leaving her post as Head of Puukenga School of Māori Education at Unitec Institute of Technology (2003), after working in business and media for a number of years, to pursue her research and teaching interests. Her experiences in Māori broadcasting underpin her PhD study, which explored Māori entrepreneurship in screen production. Ella has published on Maori philosophy and business, careers and indigenous entrepreneurship.

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