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An Enhanced Research Focus

An Enhanced Research Focus

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) - New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence has announced a comprehensive suite of nine new research platforms, which are contributing to an enhanced research focus for NPM and designed to deliver innovation in areas of significant research challenge for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Working collaboratively across our 21 institutional partners and coordinating with a wide group of researchers, NPM has developed these platforms to further empower and drive Māori communities towards greater economic, cultural, social and environmental well-being.

NPM’s vision of Māori leading New Zealand into the future takes another step forward with the commencement of these new research platforms, and the ongoing success of our work which continues to enrich the research, knowledge and capability of Māori. With these new platforms we expect our strengths to be further enhanced, creating meaningful outcomes and change for future generations.

Each of the new research platforms has emerged from research activities that collectively and cumulatively meet the stated goals of NPM’s research themes - Whai Rawa (Māori Economies), Te Tai Ao (The Natural Environment), and Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing).

NPM is unique in its capability to contribute across a broad and interconnected spectrum of research challenges that are facing the nation, with integrated research platforms grounded in mātauranga Māori, Māori science, kaupapa Māori and tikanga Māori methods. These nine new research platforms have been designed to engage with and include relevant communities and groups, ensuring ongoing research excellence and relevance that delivers positive outcomes and impact.

NPM Co-Director Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora noted that “NPM continues to draw on the excellence of its researchers and collectives, expanding the capacity of Māori research and enhancing a community responsiveness that has been built through many years of transformative outcomes.”

NPM’s new research platforms are:

Future Proofing Māori Development Opportunities - Drs Shaun Awatere and John Pirker
How tikanga Māori and matauranga Māori can provide strategies for communities to adapt and respond to climate change and natural events.
(Hosted by Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua)

Enhancing Culturally Matched Outcomes - Dr Rawiri Tinirau and Fiona Wiremu
Investigating how Māori can protect and reclaim control over traditional Māori food sources and practices and deliver food sovereignty for iwi and hapū.
(Hosted by Te Atawhai o te Ao)

Developing a Theory of Māori Value - Drs Kiri Dell, Jamie Newth and Jason Mika
How can aspects of the traditional and non-traditional values that drive the Māori economy be utilised by Māori communities to specifically enhance their mauri ora – wellbeing.
(Hosted by University of Auckland)

Digital Solutions to Support Knowledge and Connections - Drs Acushla Dee Sciascia and Hauiti Hakopa
Identifying the current Māori and Indigenous approaches to developing and establishing digital platforms for knowledge storage, knowledge transfer and knowledge preservation.
(Hosted by Massey University)

Community Connections to Place - Drs Anne-Marie Jackson and Ocean Mercier
What role do te tai ao initiatives and engagement with the natural world play in fostering community and individual connections to place, and how can these whānau and hapū connections to their landscapes and rohe enhance identity and wellbeing?
(Hosted by University of Otago)

Strengthening Māori Agency - Dr Maria Bargh and Tame Malcolm
By using a specific tribal case study, the research will look at what contributions Māori can make as tangata whenua to wider environmental and conservation practices, such as making Aotearoa predator free by 2050.
(Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington)

Resilient legacies - Drs Farah Palmer, Carwyn Jones, Mohi Rua and Professor Te Kani Kingi
How are the mana and mauri ora of taonga tuku iho applied and commodified in rugby and how can this contribute to understanding how mātauranga and tikanga Māori could be applied to wider sporting management and adminstration through policies and practices.
(Hosted by Massey University)

Practices of Sustenance (Professor Angus Macfarlane, Associate Professor Sonja Macfarlane and Dr Tia Neha
How can tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau attain sustainable incomes, wellness and success within their modern lived urban and rural environments.
(Hosted by University of Canterbury)

Promising Futures - Dr Arama Rata and Dr Adreanne Ormond
How can iwi build stronger, more connected, effective and engaged communities and enhance productive links between these governing bodies and their people.
(Hosted by University of Waikato)

For further information on the these new research platforms visithttp://www.maramatanga.ac.nz/projects

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