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Martine Udahemuka

Former Research Fellow

Martine is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative working on education policy. Martine was a student success advisor and learning consultant at Massey University, and has published research on migrant and refugee integration in New Zealand. She was also with the New Zealand Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Martine holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with First Class Honours from Massey University.

Martine is available for comment on any of the Initiative’s education research. In particular, the state of New Zealand’s schools and the way their performance is assessed and managed and how the US and the UK have turned around failing schools. 

Latest reports:
Score! Transforming NCEA Data (2018)
Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools (2017)
Fair and Frank: Global insights for managing school performance (2017)
Signal Loss: What we know about school performance (2016)

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: martine.udahemuka@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

Apprentice welder

Less is more

In The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, Psychologist Barry Schwartz argues that too much choice can hinder rather than support our decision making. That the validity of this theory has been challenged is beside the point. What I do know is that if I were a student right now deciding my next steps after school, I would likely feel more apprehensive than I do when I am confronted with a 100-item menu in a Chinese restaurant. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
29 June, 2018
German school sign

Dual education lesson one: Early beginnings

When my colleague Oliver Hartwich first tried explaining the German school system to me, he might as well have been speaking German. It seemed entirely foreign. Germany’s vocational education system, like some others in Europe, combines on-the-job training with study for many teenagers who would be sitting their first year of NCEA in New Zealand. In March, I travelled to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark to learn about their approaches to vocational training. New Zealand has vocational training. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
4 May, 2018
Dual Education2

A dual education

We all want a New Zealand where citizens can enjoy a healthy and prosperous life. But, there is still a long way to go. To pick one statistic: in 2017, 90,000 youth were neither in education nor in employment. When we have such high numbers of disengaged youth, often with few marketable skills, it is worth considering whether there is a better approach. In Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Austria, post-school training serves a dual purpose: it prepares young people for... Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
2 March, 2018
Education

A trick for principals

New Zealand school principals should add to their skills repertoire: ‘Magician’. In the week leading to the first day of school, leaders were reaching into their hats of creative tricks to fill vacancies. The Herald reported that one in five Auckland schools, and one in 10 in the rest of the country were still trying to find staff. Work-arounds included increasing class sizes, enticing overseas and retired teachers, or, in worst case scenarios, scrapping subjects altogether. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
9 February, 2018
Education

Our ambitious plan for education

Our newly sworn-in Government has about 1000 days to deliver on its campaign promises.Fixing the education system will take more time. Too many fundamental aspects are in need of reform.So it was encouraging to read in the coalition agreement about a planned 30-year strategic plan for education.The long term outlook should enable strategic prioritisation of incremental and transformational changes.And so working backwards we should outline the kind of system The New Zealand Initiative envisions 30 years from now.We want a... Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
27 October, 2017
Vote

Election tactics

New Zealanders are lazy patriots and even worse politicians.In last week’s election, a bit more than a fifth of us held onto our vote and hoped for the best. And while provisional results show the current government in the lead by double digits, its continued reign rests in the hands of one kingmaker.As a proud dual citizen, I had the benefit of following two recent elections - watching Rwanda’s gave me a sliver of hope for Aotearoa. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
29 September, 2017
apple on book1

Beautiful friendships in education

On Wednesday evening, Oliver summed up our event à la Casablanca. Thanking our guest speakers, he rightly said ‘I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship’. Discussing our latest education report, we were joined by Education Minister Nikki Kaye; Post-Primary Teachers’ Association President, Jack Boyle; and Forsyth Barr Managing Director, Neil Paviour-Smith. Speakers commented on the findings and conclusions of the report Amplifying Excellence, the final in a trilogy analysing the performance of New Zealand’s education system. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
7 July, 2017

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