New Zealand Maori Leader & Educator, Toby Curtis, dies at 82

Toby Curtis was a New Zealand educator and Maori leader. ( Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand). Curtis was well-known for his contributions to education and admired for his industry-wide innovations.

He was a strong supporter of his people and a firm believer in the potential of the educational system when it is implemented properly. Curtis put forth a lot of effort to enhance Maori welfare nationwide.

What Caused the death of Toby Curtis?

Toby Curtis passed away on August 17, 2022, at the age of 82, at his house on Lake Rotoiti, surrounded by his family. However, the precise nature of his death has not yet been revealed. Curtis was well-known for his contributions to education and admired for his creative successes in the field. Dr. Sir Toby Curtis’ demise has caused sadness among Mori and Te Arawa waka around the nation.

Both Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the head of the opposition, Christopher Luxon, paid tribute to the educator and iwi leader, claiming that he had impacted lives all around Aotearoa. For his entire life, Curtis fought for education and te Reo Maori. He served as Te Arawa Lakes Trust’s chairman for 16 years before stepping down in April of this year.

He was a strong supporter of his people and a firm believer in the potential of the educational system when it is implemented properly.

Toby Curtis Age, Family, and Early Life

Toby Curtis was born on November 13, 1939, in Rotoehu, New Zealand. He was 82 years old at the time of his death. He was the youngest of 15 children of his parents. However, because so little of his personal life has been made public online, we are unaware of any specifics about it.

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Due to the fact that his Wikipedia page does not thoroughly describe his personal life Finding specifics is difficult because there isn’t much information now available online regarding his parents, his family, or any of his fourteen siblings. We are unable to provide you with any current details about his life as a result. Every time we learn something new about him, we’ll update everything that is relevant to him.

Toby Curtis Career, What was his Profession?

In the 1990s, he served as Auckland College of Education’s primary teacher education director before moving on to serve as Auckland Institute of Technology’s dean of the education faculty. In 2000, he was appointed deputy vice-chancellor of Auckland University of Technology.

He was appointed to the position of chair of the Iwi Education Authority for the tribal immersion schools Nga Kura-a-Iwi o Aotearoa. Additionally, he has had a position on Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s council. Curtis served as the Te Arawa Lakes Trust’s chairperson and a participant in the Iwi Chairs Forum. He was named Te Mangai Paho’s chair in 1997.

Curtis participated in Counties and Bay of Plenty’s representative rugby union teams. Independent Maori boarding schools: continue or discontinue? was the title of his master’s thesis. He later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland in 2005 with the title An exploration of how Hawaiki knowledge is vital for Maori leadership. In this work, he aimed to add to discussions of Maori leadership and more authentic traditional knowledge in contemporary Maori society.

In the 1980s, Curtis served as vice principal of Auckland Teachers’ College and principal of his old high school, which had changed its name to Hato Petera College, after working as a primary school teacher and with pupils who had intellectual disabilities.

Which school and college did he go to?

He attended St. Michael’s College in Rotorua and St. Peter’s Maori College in Auckland for his education. Later, Curtis attended the University of Auckland and Ardmore Teachers’ College, earning a Master of Arts degree in 1980 and a Diploma of Teaching in 1972, respectively.

Toby Curtis Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The net worth of this person is currently unclear due to the lack of publicly accessible personal information.

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Several online sites claim varying amounts of his net worth as a result we will update this section once we get to know about his net worth from a valid source in near future.

Toby Curtis Wife, What about his relationship?

He was a married man and he had been married to his wife Mary Agness Sharry from 1966 to the time of his death. He shares four children with her.

Was he available on any social media platforms?

We did not find him on other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we assume he might not be available on it or might be available with a different username.

We will update this section if we get any lead in the future regarding his social media presence on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or any other platforms.

Physical Appearance of Toby Curtis’s Height, Weight

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Eye ColourHazel
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Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Toby Curtis’s should be known

NationalityNew Zealand
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Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedMarried
Current SpouseMary Agness Sharry