Dr Catherine Savage
EdD, PG Dip Ed Psych, MEd Psych, BEd, BAppB
Catherine is passionate about equity, communities leading change for themselves, and learning as a lifelong journey. She is the managing director of Ihi Research with her partner John. Catherine has an employment history that is connected by the common thread of learning. Beginning her career as a teacher and educational psychologist, she worked with children and whānau in schools on the East Coast of the North Island. She spent ten years as a senior lecturer at Victoria University where she was the associate director of the graduate teaching programme. She completed her Education Doctorate at Massey University in 2006, which investigated the School Network Reviews of 2004. While at Victoria, worked on several major Ministry of Education research and development projects including the national evaluation of Te Kotahitanga (2010).
From 2010 to 2014 Catherine was the Chief Executive of Te Tapuae o Rehua, a subsidiary of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, where she led research and educational development initiatives on behalf of the iwi. Her work brought about a new era of partnership and collaboration between the Iwi and tertiary partners and saw the initiation of key partnership projects such as Mau ki te Ako, He Toki ki te Rika and Whenua Kura.
Since 2014, Catherine has successfully led research for clients such as Site Safe, Work Safe, Ako Aotearoa, All Right?, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Rātā Foundation. She has produced a series of research and evaluations projects investigating social impact from innovative approaches to achieving social change. Her research interests lie in qualitative methodologies and working with Māori whānau to improve educational and social outcomes. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on culturally responsive practices and the development of Iwi led initiatives.
In her spare time, Catherine enjoys Crossfit with the tribe at Waimakariri Crossfit. She loves New Zealand art, shopping and great coffee.