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New Māori Research - Seeding Excellence And Future Change


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga – New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (NPM) is currently seeding a suite of new projects that will deliver positive change through vital Māori research.

NPM recently supported its vast network of Māori researchers and scholars around the country in developing new projects that will produce important strategic outcomes for our communities and the nation. Each of these projects contributes to ongoing Māori development and falls into one of our interwoven research themes of Whai Rawa (Māori Economies), Te Tai Ao (Natural Environment), Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing), and Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori (Māori Language and Protocols).

The ten new research projects were designed and developed to support Māori research excellence that aligns directly with specific community needs. Each of the projects is innovative and inspiring, and together they will assist in achieving our collective aspirations and lead to real impact.

The seed funding, ranging from $25,000 to $60,000, for these 12 month projects heralds the commencement of significant and transformative research pathways that will ultimately contribute to actual change in our communities.

With subjects ranging from Indigenous entrepreneurship to Māori healing and health, biosecurity, education and data sovereignty, each of the projects has the potential to lead its research teams onto deeper and more involved research and outcomes in the years ahead.

NPM Co-Director Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh today commented that “Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s research focus is to produce real world impacts, and support our researchers to work together to develop new lines of inquiry and objectives. This new suite of research projects provides an exciting opportunity to develop a cluster of aligned outcomes and deliver positive change.”

“Each of the new projects is expected to benefit our communities and build pathways towards larger benefits in the future. We are extremely pleased to see these new and very capable teams come together to undertake this exciting research and look forward to all working towards our common goal over the year ahead, of Māori leading New Zealand into the future.”

The ten new NPM research projects are:
1. Noho Taiao: Occupying Science by Reclaiming Space and Place, led by Pauline Waiti (Te Rarawa) and hosted by Whariki Research Centre, Massey University
2. Analysis of the Cultural, Ethical, Research, Legal and Scientific (CERLS) issues inherent in Rongoā Māori research, led by Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga) hosted by Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Developmen
3. Te ruru a Te Ihonga: Threshold concepts in Māori studies, led by Dr Meegan Hall (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) hosted out of Victoria University of Wellington
4. He rongoā tō te reo – Te Reo Māori as a form of healing led by Dr Acushla Dee Sciascia (Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui, Te Āti Awa), hosted by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
5. Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Enduring Aspirations in a Digital Age led by Associate Professor Tahu Kukutai (Ngati Tipa, Waikato-Maniapoto, Te Aupouri), hosted by University of Waikato
6. Te Turi Whakamātaki – Māori Biosecurity, protecting our taonga for future generations, led by Dr Amanda Black (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) hosted by Lincoln University
7. He Pounga: the Māori Jurisprudence Project led by Māmari Stephens (Te Rarawa) hosted by Victoria University of Wellington
8. Te Pū o te Rākau: The pedagogy of pūrākau led by Associate Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan (Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta) hosted by University of Waikato
9. Entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy for Indigenous entrepreneurs led by Dr Jason Paul Mika (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Kahungunu) hosted by Massey University
10. Mātauranga Māori: Enhancing Māori-medium schooling led by Associate Professor Tony Trinick (Te Whānau a Apanui) hosted by University of Auckland.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted at the University of Auckland comprising 21 research partners and conducting research of relevance to Māori communities. Our vision is Māori leading New Zealand into the future. NPM research realises Māori aspirations for positive engagement in national life, enhances our excellence in Indigenous scholarship and provides solutions to major challenges facing humanity in local and global settings. Visit

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