Here's a small sampling of the feedback from education professionals I have worked with.

Andrew Sinclair

Principal, Kawaha Point School, Rotorua

Ann presented to our teachers a keynote and ran several workshops as part of our teacher only days to start 2019. Spectacular is the best description. She used local data and information to challenge our thinking, but did so in a way that was palatable for our teachers and therefore led to deep self-reflection and commitment to change. There wasn’t a teacher or leader who wasn’t challenged and everyone is looking forward to implementing change that makes a difference to all our learners, but particularly Maori. Ann was a breath of fresh air, engaging, knowledgeable and credible. One of the best PLD days we have ever had by far.

Sue Clement

Principal, Te Aro School, Wellington

Ann presented a compelling case for why school leaders and teachers should be exploring the need for systemic change in our education system. Ann’s keynote and her workshops were designed as provocations and not as a multi -step programme to be applied by school leaders and staff teams. The day together has set the scene for continued reflection and action as we strive to really make a difference for our Maori and Pasifika students. We ended our day together energised and in no doubt that we need to be intentional in ensuring our young people can bring their identities into the classroom and ensuring their cultural norms are validated throughout their school day.  Ann's day was engaging and well-paced. Ann herself is inspirational!



Victory School (Nelson)

“I have had the privilege to work alongside Ann over the past year in my role as a Kahui Ako/Community of Learning Lead in Nelson. Ann’s extensive pedagogical knowledge has helped develop our Theory of Improvement by challenging the educational inequity in our Nelson schools.”

“Her work as a researcher and leader in education is guiding our teaching community to reject deficit whitestream descriptions of inequity that have been dominant in Nelson schools over many years.”

Victory School
Nelson, New Zealand

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Jeff Duncan-Andrade PhD

San Francisco State University

“Kia Aroha College in Aotearoa New Zealand is the only school on this planet that we sought out for direct partnership when we opened Roses in Concrete Community School in East Oakland. Our decision to partner with Kia Aroha had everything to do with the leadership of Ann Milne and her understanding of what it means to build an institution that is truly culturally and community responsive from edge to edge, tip to finish. No one has been more influential in my understanding about what is possible and what we should be doing in schools serving our nation’s most vulnerable youth.” 

Associate Professor
Raza Studies & Education
San Francisco State University.
Founder/Board Chair:
Roses in Concrete
The Teaching Excellence Network (TEN)
Co-Founder/Director of Educational Equity:

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Nichola McCall

Manurewa High School

“Working with Dr Ann Milne is disruptive, challenging, refreshing, stimulating, confronting, it’s reflective and considered—working with Dr Ann Milne is empowering!

Ann’s guidance, advice, knowledge and researched frameworks help you to understand yourself as a leader, be aware of the critical impact you and others have on our rangatahi (young people), to then sit in spaces and unapologetically carry out the aspirations of the community you serve. 

She has an extensive network both nationally and internationally which she shares and exposes you to different perspectives to develop a better insight of your own context.

Working with Dr Ann Milne has been energising for my wairua (spirit). Her support and expertise has filled me with confidence and has no doubt transformed my leadership abilities.”

Ngāti Whātua
Deputy Principal
Manurewa High School


Phil Gordon

Kelston Intermediate School

“I have used Ann for the past two years to conduct my Principal’s appraisal, I have found this process incredibly beneficial and professionally challenging at many levels. Ann’s in-depth knowledge of the principal’s role and substantial pedagogical knowledge, which is internationally recognised, ensures that my appraisal process is not only robust, but evolves my practice and ability to be an effective and reflective leader of my own learning while providing clear and ethical leadership within my school.”

Kelston Intermediate School
Auckland, NZ


Chapman University

“When we thirst for hope, we are generously replenished when we are at Kia Aroha College. This school honors students and families among their greatest resources and they believe what Grace Lee Boggs posits, 'We are the leaders we are looking for.' A sterling example of leadership is the incredible Ann Milne. One needs only to examine the books on her bookshelf and visit her classrooms to see she is an incredible scholarly practitioner. I want to be in the world Kia Aroha builds - one that respects humanity, freedom, and 'undiscovered potential.' Hope thrives here."

Suzanne SooHoo 2016
Hassinger Chair of Education
Chapman University