The Herbison lecture is presented at the Annual Conference of NZARE by an invited Education Researcher.  The lecture honours Dame Jean Herbison in recognition of her outstanding contribution to education in New Zealand. 

Associate Professor Melinda Webber from The University of Auckland will present the Herbison Lecture for 2021.  


Dr Melinda Webber is a mokopuna of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Whakaue – and a māmā of one daughter. She is a trained primary school teacher, teacher educator, and researcher. Melinda is an Associate Professor in Te Puna Wānanga at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. She is a former director of the Starpath Project, and the current University of Auckland Co-Director for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity programme. 

Melinda is a former Fulbright/Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga Indigenous Scholar and the recipient of Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga, Marsden Fast-Start, Rutherford Discovery Fellowship and TLRI grants. Melinda has published widely on the nature of ethnic identity development, examining the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the motivation and educational engagement of young people, ­particularly Māori students.

Further Keynote speakers will be announced